Call for applications: Community Art Project, Whitleigh, Plymouth
Commissioner – Whitleigh Big Local
Project Partners – Sandy Wager of Whitleigh Arts, Tom Buckley of Whitleigh Edibles & Whitleigh’s over 50’s Residents
Whitleigh Big Local & Whitleigh Arts have joined together to commission an artist or collective of artists to create, design and install up to six park benches to aid and encourage our residents, of all ages and abilities, to add gentle exercise to their daily routine and to enjoy their community surroundings.
Background to the project
Whitleigh Big Local is a 10-year Big Lottery funded project. The Bench Project will help people living in Whitleigh to embrace healthier lifestyles and benefit from improved wellbeing through enjoying nature on their doorstep.
The terrain in Whitleigh is very steep in places, which makes walking a task for some of our residents, especially those who are elderly and disabled.
The benches will be placed in accordance to the terrain and Whitleigh resident’s requirements.
It is required that a small library compartment be attached to each bench.
This is a new and exciting commission for Whitleigh, which aims to bring together art, nature and people. The aim is to create, design and install an artistic/sculptural intervention ( 6 individualy designed benches -seats ) (s) in Whitleigh which will enhance the local envirnoment and enable residents to have small meetings spaces).
The commission will directly involve working with local community members to develop and shape the piece of work/s. We expect the selected artist/s to be able to facilitate engagement (with support from the project team) and develop the piece/s in collaboration with local residents and Sandy Wager, Founder of Whitleigh Arts.
The project has no budget for maintenance and the benches must therefore be durable, sustainable and able to weather or adapt over time. The space for the commission is very open to the public and consideration for building something sympathetic to the landscape is very important.
To directly work with the local community, project partners in the creative process
To deliver a work that engages the community as part of the process of creation (i.e. consultation, production, etc) and develops the ownership of the work for local people
To use robust and natural materials in a creative way
To be sympathetic to the local environment while being innovative and thought provoking
To think about interpretation of the site to deliver something relevant, coherent and in collaboration with local people
To deliver an accessible sculpture that can be well used/seen
The artist/s must engage creatively with the community and the project partners to shape and grow the ideas and content Participants will bring to the project knowledge, wisdom and experiences, which must clearly influence the artwork. The artwork will need to be installed as part of this process and there is an expectation that participants can help with some, if not all, of the installation process in collaboration with Plymouth City Council who are responsible for the green spaces in Whitleigh.
We will expect the artist/s to carry out local site visits and deliver creative consultation with community groups and deliver a minimum of 6 days-worth of workshops/making days (Whitleigh Big Local & Whitleigh Arts will provide support/community liaison for this).
The activities should enable participants to develop new skills and explore, document and share their experiences through the process in a friendly, empowering, productive, visual, and fun way.
Monitoring and Reporting
The artist must:
Provide the commissioners with evaluative information
Inform the commissioners in advance of any issues that may impact on the project delivery
Provide their own public liability insurance and have a self-employed status
Timescales and budgets
Total budget for the project is £12,000 (£2,000 per bench) for the created pieces including engagement with the local community, development time, construction and artist time and fees. A payment schedule will be worked out between the artist and commissioners once the work has been commissioned.
A schedule for the build/work with the project partners will be agreed but it is hoped that build work can take place end May/Late June 2018.
Closing date for applications is Friday 2nd March 2018
Interviews will take place week commencing 7th March 2018 until 14th March 2018 – the time for this is to be confirmed with applicants
It is imperative to note there is no ongoing budget for maintenance of the work produced.
Please send us your website link or photos of previous commissions and include your name, address and phone number to email@example.com – 01752 313645 for more information.
The project must be completed and the artwork installed by Late-June 2018.
This commission will be overseen and managed By Sandy Wager ( Whitleigh Arts ) and Pippa St John Cooper ( Whitleigh Big Local )