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Knock Sculpture Commission

Mayo County Council, on behalf of Swinford Community Recreation Centre Ltd invites submissions from experienced artists for a public art project atKnockAirport. The artwork will be a figurative bronze sculpture depicting Monsignor Horan.

Proposals should include designs for a figurative bronze sculptural work, depicting Monsignor Horan at a minimum of 1.5 x life size, with appropriate plaque and surround/plinth, to be designed by the artist.

The artist should outline a budget which will cover design, production, supply and installation, inclusive of all costs, VAT, insurance and other charges.

All briefing documents are available via  Register on the website as a supplier to search for and access information relating to the commission.

Deadline: Monday Jan 9th 2012


St Mary’s Thomastown, Public Art Commission 2011

St. Mary’s National School Thomastown Carlow wishes to commission an artist(s) to make a permanent artwork (preferably outdoors) that makes a strong visual statement about the school and that resonates and engages with the children, wider school community, cultural context and physical environment. Selection will be made by way of a two-stage open submission and up to four short-listed artists will be invited to develop detailed proposals. The budget for the commission is €25,000.

A full briefing document is available from

Please read the brief before application.
Initial expressions of interest will be due 14th December 2011


Per Cent for Art Commission: Glenamaddy Community School, Galway
The Board of Management of Glenamaddy Community School, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway wishes to commission a Permanent Outdoor Sculpture which is to be funded by the Department of Education and Skills under the “percent for art scheme”. There is no specific theme for this project however we would expect the artist’s submissions to be influenced by the location of the school and the history and location of Glenamaddy town.
The Percent for Art Scheme is providing E64,000 towards the project, E50,000 of this will be used for this commission. The School Percent Arts Scheme Committee wish to use E14,000 of the funding for a separate project. Timescale to be agreed with the chosen artist, however it is planned that the work will be under construction by March 2012 and completed as near to the end of September 2012 as possible. Selection is by a Two-Stage Submission process. Shortlisted candidates will be paid a fee of E400 for a complete proposal submitted at Stage 2.
Stage One applicants should submit:
➢ Curriculum Vitae
➢ A typed one page proposal outlining ideas and concepts for the artwork and the materials to be used.
➢ Illustrations or images for the purpose of communicating practical and artistic content. Including one drawing/visual showing the sculpture with the context of school grounds/setting.
➢ A maximum of 6 images (hard copy preferred) of previous work relevant to the proposal.
➢ Details of materials to be used and an estimated budget and time scale for completion.
➢ A completed application form
➢ A Stamped addressed envelope for return of proposals.
➢ The commissioners shall not be liable for any costs or expenses in respect of successful or unsuccessful candidates except for the fee of E400 which will be paid to shortlisted candidates at Stage Two.
Deadline for Stage One submissions: Tuesday 10 January 2012.
Site visit is by appointment only with the Committee on 8 & 9 December 2011.
A full brief & application form can be downloaded here: Visual Art Commission [PDF]
Applications must be clearly addressed to:
Ms Helena Cunniffe, Secretary of Per Cent for Art Scheme, Glenamaddy Community School, Glenamaddy, Co Galway.


The Model: Two Public Projects for 2012

( Your Object & Model Site)

(1) Your Object is an exhibition, planned to take place in spring 2012, to mark the 150th anniversary of The Model Building inSligo. This exhibition will consist of people's treasured objects to reflect the cultural region today. Everyone is invited to submit an image of his or her most treasured object to The Model with a short paragraph explaining why they value this object.

You are invited to submit images of photos, antiques, household items, clothing, family heirlooms, but we ask you to not send original items; an image and explanation is all that is required at this stage.

(2) Model Site: What is your vision for the open space beside The Model? We invite you to submit your idea for the potential use of the large unused area atConnauhton Road, between the hospital and The Model. We invite you to tae a walk and look at the site. Would the space be best used as a children's park, a community garden, a sports field, a new market area, an artists' campsite, a new outdoor concert area? Share your vision and submit your proposal. Please limit your proposal to a three-page document. Images are welcome. Please note proposals will be used for a creative project at The Model.

Photos and accompanying texts can be sent in printed copies or digital formats.

Proposals are sought for these projects on an ongoing basis until January 6th, 2012.
Please submit these by email to (Subject: Your Object/Model Site) or by post to: Your Object/Model Site Project Proposal, The Model, The Mall,Sligo


UNESCO International Competition: Creation of Memorial for Victims of Slavery & Transatlantic Slave Trade

UNESCO and the Permanent Memorial Committee are delighted to invite creators and visual arts professionals to submit original 'site specific' artwork projects in the framework of an international competition for the creation of a Permanent Memorial to honor the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade.

This call for participation offers a unique experience to insert this tragedy in the collective memory of Humanity and to raise awareness on the contributions of the victims of slavery and of the slave trade to the construction of the modern world. Their input to the redefinition of the notions of Freedom, Dignity and Human rights, help to build a new humanism and a culture of peace. It draws shared lessons from this chapter of our common History.

The granted artwork will be erected in a prestigious public space at the United Nations Headquarters,New Yorkalong the East River bank. The project will be released at the end of the competition in spring 2012 and awarded a 50,000 U.S. Dollars endowment.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 19 December 2011.

For more information see here.

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