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Changing Tracks - European public art commission for Irish artists

Mayo County Council, Public Art Programme, in partnership with Northampton County Council (UK) and Transversal (Catalonia, Spain) has been successful in securing EU Culture Programme funding from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive of the European Commission (EACEA) for:

A major public art programme of outdoor temporary work.

One artist living in, or from, Ireland will be commissioned to create three temporary artworks, one in each partner country, related to the shared common theme and site of old railway lines. An artist from the other two partner countries will also be commissioned.

Total budget for each artist, including fee, production and all related costs: c. €61,000

Full briefing documents can be accessed via: or by emailing Gaynor Seville,

Public Art Co-ordinator

This is a two stage application process.

Deadline for stage one: Friday 27th September

Mayo County Council, Public Art Programme and Linenhall Arts Centre present: FIND

Artists Brief

Project Overview:

FIND aims to realise a series of temporary artworks/installations/events in and around the town ofCastlebar.  The works will be installed within walking distance of each other and found via maps provided to the public.  TheLinenhall Arts Centrewill act as central headquarters/studio for participating artists and audience alike. 

This project is the first collaboration of theLinenhall Arts Centreand the Mayo County Council Public Art Programme.  The series of temporary installations in and around Castlebar, created by Mayo based artists in response to this brief will culminate in a special event in Spring 2014, hosted from theLinenhall Arts Centreincluding talks, tour of artworks and networking opportunities.

The theme will be around experience of temporary work, and documentation and legacy of temporary work.  Artists are encouraged to consider discreet or ‘hidden’ works that will be ‘unravelled’, or be revealed, via the event tour, and maps – encouraging the audience to search out the work.

Artists who secure these commissions may also have opportunities to be mentored and supported by artistsAlice Maherand/or Aideen Barry in the development and realisation of their ideas.  Depending on the proposals selected, and artists involved, there may be opportunities for one to one mentoring or group sessions with all artists.  Alice’s mid career retrospective at IMMA finished earlier this year and she has vast experience in working in installation, site-specific and temporal art.  Aideen Barry has a multi versatile practice, which spans a range of art forms and approaches, including sculpture, performance, drawing, and animation. Aideen also acts and an advocate for visual artists based in the west ofIrelandin her role as Western Representative for Visual Artists Ireland. She teaches at theLimerickSchool of Art and Design as a Lecturer in Sculpture and Combined Media

Local Mayo based artists are invited to prepare and submit proposals for temporary installations in and around the town.  Selection will take place with the artist mentors, Linenhall and local community representation.

The project will culminate in an event including a day of talks, networking and a tour of the artworks, hosted from the Linenhall.  A website documenting the work and a downloadable public art trail will be developed; this could include all Castlebar public art and the new temporary installations.  This will be linked to both MCC and Linenhall websites.

An exhibition will be prepared at the Linenhall, launched on the day of the event, which aims to expose the studio work and process behind the production of the works.  The gallery space will in effect become a living installation of artists’ studios and artists are welcome to use the place as their studio during the month of the exhibition.


Mayo County Council andLinenhall Arts Centrewill provide and fund a range of opportunities for a number of artists from all visual arts disciplines within the FIND project.  

The project aims to provide quality access to the arts for local people through a range of opportunities to interact with artists through design, consultation, workshops or other related activities, as well as being members of any audience for any final unveiling, event or product.

Mayo County Council andLinenhall Arts Centreis keen to provide commissions and opportunities for Co Mayo based artists at all stages of their career and for networking and professional development opportunities

The programme aims to culminate in a number of high quality temporary artworks which are specific to and have relevance to the town, it’s people, history and built and natural environment.


Although the whole town can be considered, artists are encouraged to consider sites and locations around the Linenhall st,Main St, The Mall and along the river.  This will ensure a manageable ‘trail’.  However, any sites will be considered


Artists are asked to prepare a budget for the proposal, including their fee and all materials /installation costs. The maximum budget per proposal will be €2,000

Artists can propose more than one idea, though we would ask for a maximum of 3.

The project managers and curators, Gaynor Seville, Public Art Co-ordinator, and Marie Farrell, Director ofLinenhall Arts Centrewill assist in approaching businesses, owners of buildings, and securing any necessary permissions, or access to buildings etc.

Though not an essential element, the surrounding communities can be approached where appropriate to engage with the selected artists.  Artists are invited to propose how they would work with local community and to specify if there are certain groups they would be keen to work with within the commission.  Suggested groups would be schools, active retirement groups, youth groups, groups accessed via Mayo Intercultural Action, local businesses, residents etc

Submissions must contain:

Textual description outlining the concept of the project (max. 2 A4 sheet) including any specific information regards site if appropriate.

Supply minimum of 2 A4 drawings or alternative expressions to communicate the content of the project.   (these can be in format of maquette/Audio tape/CD /DVD)

Outline costing, to include all fees and production costs (not to exceed €2,000)

CV, including full contact details and relevant examples of previous work

Selection criteria:

Artistic Merit and Quality of the concept

Level of community/audience engagement

Relevance to social, physical and cultural context of the built environment

Previous experience / demonstrate ability to carry out the project, or potential with appropriate supports

Value for money and realistic within proposed budget

Clarity and practicality of the proposal


Artists will be informed at the end of September if their proposal has been accepted and it is hoped sites and locations will be confirmed by the end of the year.  The final event and tour of artworks will take place in April 2014.

Presentation of brief and opportunity for questions:  For those who missed the initial presentation of this brief at the Mayo Artists Network, this will be repeated at the Linenhall, in the theatre, on Saturday 22nd June, if there is enough interest.  Gaynor will talk through the brief and will be available for questions along with Marie.  If anyone wants to discuss specific locations, we will be available to take a walk out to look at sites.  Please inform Gaynor if you are attending.  094 904 7561

Submissions delivered to:


GaynorSeville, Public Art Manager,

Arts Office

Mayo County Council,

Arasan Chontae, Castlebar, Co Mayo

For further information contact Gaynor E:  T: 094 904 7561

Submissions via email cannot be accepted.

Deadline for submissions is Monday 9th September 2013



Kerry County Council, supported by Tralee Town Council invite submissions for a Sculpture piece (fixed, permanent) that communicates to those passing they are approaching Tralee, home of the International Rose of Tralee Festival. The Commissioners require this sculpture to represent/depict an actual Rose (flower).

The total budget for the Commission is €74,000. (Funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, supported by Tralee Town Council)

Brief available via e-tenders and on

Deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm, Thursday, 12th September 2013.


If you have recently been involved in a public commission, percent for art project, socially engaged project or any other form of ‘art outside the gallery’ VAI would like you to email them the information for publication in the Visual Artists News Sheet. Send images (3-4MB in size) and a short text (no more than around 300 words) in the following format:

-Artists name
-Title of work
-Commissioning body
-Date advertised
-Date sited / carried out.
-Commission type
-Project Partners
-Brief description of the work

Work must have been undertaken in the last 6 months. Send your info to Publications Assistant, Lily Power at:

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