The City of Boroondara is seeking to commission a public art work or series of works, to be located within the newly developed Hawthorn Arts Centre Civic Square. The completed work will be integrated within the newly landscaped outdoor environment adjacent to the Hawthorn Arts Centre and will form part of the City's Town Hall Gallery Public Art Collection. The City has committed substantial funding to this project which aims to have an artwork installed prior to 16 September 2016.
City of Boroondara seeks expressions of interest from experienced professional artists who wish to be considered for this exciting project.
The project site has been identified as the corner of Glenferrie and Burwood Road at Hawthorn.
It is envisaged that the artwork could take several forms including: a three-dimensional work of a scale and form, a series of installation based works and or works that utilise the existing design elements.
The primary experience of the artwork will be from pedestrians passing through the surrounding area or while sitting in the square.
To be considered for this project artists should submit the following:
· A full CV covering demonstrated experience in public art
· Images of previous works
· A brief concept outline illustrating the creative idea and themes for a proposed work that responds to the site.
The City of Boroondara's Public Art Collection vision is to collect and display innovative high quality works within public and civic spaces through the integration of art, design, architecture and related elements. These works are expected to be engaging and accessible whilst thought provoking and creating a sense of community belonging (Boroondara Public Art Strategy 2010-2015). The City's public art collection is developed on principles which value: contemporaneity, excellence, innovation, high aesthetic quality, relevance and authenticity,
Expressions of interest will be assessed against the following criteria:
· Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering public art works in an outdoor environment
· Artistic merit (including evidence of professional standing within the arts sector)
· Capacity to attract and engage a diverse audience
· Capacity to enliven and enhance public space of the precinct
Assessment will be conducted by a selection panel comprising representatives of the Public Art Working Group, City of Boroondara Arts & Culture Department, and Town Hall Gallery Management Group. Advice will be sought from the Collection Advisory Committee during the assessment process. All expressions of interest received will be responded to in writing within 3 weeks of the closing date 23 February 2016.
Up to six (6) artists will be selected from this EOI process to progress to the next stage of selection. Invited artists will then have the opportunity to develop their concept further and present:
· Concept design proposal illustrations and technical details:
- maquette, sketches and/or computer generated mock-up
- sample illustrating a detail of the design
- material sample
· Overview of any community engagement and or research that will be undertaken in commission phase
· A preliminary description of proposed installation method
· Indicative project timeline outlining an estimate of the time required for final design, fabrication and installation of the proposal
· A preliminary indicative budget that includes at a minimum a breakdown of the following costs:
- artist fee/s
- engineering and certification
- all materials & fixings
- fabrication costs
- transport and travel costs, including overseeing of artwork installation
- public liability, product and transit insurance
Artists selected to progress to this second stage of assessment will be paid a fee of $1,250 for their services.
Documents detailing the specific requirements are available electronically for download by registering at www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/your_council/tenders.
Tender closes at 4pm on Tuesday 23 February 2016.