Public Commission, Plymouth Art Weekender (Local engagement)

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Deadline Sunday 19 June 2005

Fee £3000

Visual Arts Plymouth CIC  are seeking expressions of interest from South West based/connected artists for temporary public art commissions, as part of Plymouth Art Weekender 2019. This year, we are offering two commissioning opportunities; one focussed on local participation, co-commissioned by Nudge Community Builders CBS and one with an open brief, co-commissioned by Theatre Royal Plymouth.

This is the call out for the local engagement commission, in partnership with Nudge Community Builders Community Benefit Society (CBS). The focus of this commission should be on activating and engaging with Plymouth’s Stonehouse communities. This could see you engaging with a specific community group, age group, group of interest or area in the city.

Artists are invited to submit their proposals for consideration for a commission to be realised in Union Street area as part of the Weekender which takes place 27th / 28th / 29th September 2019. There are a number of requirements for this call, so please read the brief carefully.

The available fee is £3000. The fee is expected to cover design, production, materials and installation, plus agreed travel and accommodation expenses.

Deadline for applications: midnight 5th June 2019.


About Plymouth Art Weekender

Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three day event that takes place annually across the city. The Weekender confidently celebrates Plymouth, its people and the visual arts, promoting the city as an exciting contemporary art destination. Initiated by Visual Arts Plymouth CIC, a voluntary group of artists and organisers active in the city, PAW showcases a wide and diverse range of activity for all ages, with events and exhibitions throughout the city drawing large audiences and artists from Plymouth & beyond.


The Commission

The focus for this commission should be engaging with the local community in Plymouth. This might mean:

  • working with particular group/groups who you identify in your proposal to develop the work

  • delivering tailored workshops/sessions for different community groups as part of the work

  • applying as part of a community group who would like to take on the commission together

  • The content of the commissioned piece coming directly from community members


The proposed work should have a strong visual presence during the 3 days of the Weekender. PAW is looking for works which will help draw audiences to the Weekender, through spectacle or intrigue and which will be widely enjoyed and remembered. Ideally there would be a work in progress that can be available at the Street Party on 15 September as a preview (not required).


It may be useful for artists considering applying to read Plymouth’s Public Art Plan and the Plymouth Principles. More info on Nudge and the Creative Community Change funding is available here


Application Requirements

To apply, please use the Local Engagement Commission google form or email your application to [email protected] with the subject Local Engagement Commission


Selection Process:

3 artists will be shortlisted for the commission. Shortlisting panel will be made up of PAW Coordinators, representative of Nudge (co-sponsors) and VAP Outreach Activators. Visual Arts Plymouth CIC will then feed in before the final selection is made.


Important dates:

Deadline for applications: Midnight 5th June 2019

Artists notified: 15th June 2019



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