Public Commission, Plymouth Art Weekender (Open Brief)

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Deadline Wednesday 05 June 2019

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 open brief commission, in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth. There are a number of requirements for this call, so please read the brief carefully.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for a commission to be realised in Plymouth as part of the Weekender which takes place on 27th, 28th and 29th September 2019. In previous years, Armada Way in the City Centre has been a strong hub for this kind of activity.

The available fee is £3000. The fee is expected to cover design, production, materials, installation, at least one organised opportunity for local participation and any 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 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.

As part of the the commission the selected artist(s) should provide at least one tailored opportunity for local people to engage with their work, for instance this could involve:

  • 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

  • involving community members as performers/activators in the work

  • working with Theatre Royal Plymouth groups and communities

Works in any form will be considered, however there is a preference for temporary artworks which have a presence in an outdoor public space.

Experience of working in the public realm is not essential, but is favourable. Please reference this in your application and explain why you feel your work may be suitable.

It may be useful for artists considering applying to read Plymouth’s Public Art Plan and the Plymouth Principles.


Application Requirements

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

Important dates:

Deadline for applications: 5th June 2019

Artists notified: by 15th June


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