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 Mourne Public Art Programme: Public Art Commission


The Mourne Heritage Trust is requesting expressions of interest for a piece of public artwork from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams to design, arrange the production, delivery and installation of a piece of public art.

The public artwork will be located in the village of Hilltown within the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The total budget available is £15250 inclusive of VAT where applicable.

The project seeks to enhance the visitor experience and by introducing high quality, visually appealing, strong and site specific piece of public art which reflects the unique assets of Hilltown and which enhances the interpretation/public realm of the area. The artwork will be created in consultation with a Steering Group and by engaging the local community in a participatory creative experience. The project must be completed by 30 June 2015.

The budget for the project is £15250 inclusive of VAT where applicable.

Artists / design teams wishing to participate must initially submit an Expression of Interest application.

Details of how to apply and an Artists Brief can be downloaded from our website

Stage 1 applications must be received before 4PM on 2nd January 2015.

All requests for clarification or further information or any questions about the procurement should be submitted by email to Mandy McAvoy, Mourne Heritage Trust (

The selection panel intends to select up to 3 artists for the final tender stage who will be invited to develop proposals on the basis of information provided.


Nenagh Hospital: Tender for Public Art Work under the ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’

Nenagh Hospital has recently undergone significant redevelopment works to provide a modern theatre suite, pre-operative assessment unit, consulting rooms, staff facilities and a refurbished day ward at first floor level. At ground floor level modern canteen facilities have been developed along with some ancillary support spaces for the hospital.

The HSE is now inviting Artists to tender for the provision of original art work(s) for display, under the terms of the Government ”Per Cent for Art Scheme”.

The total available funding is €51,000.

Please note the HSE is not obliged to accept any proposal submitted and should the standard of work or proposals be deemed unacceptable then no art work commission may be awarded.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is by 4pm on Wednesday 14th January 2015.

The detailed Invitation to Tender document is available at this link

Map and potential artwork locations can be viewed here and here.

Per Cent for Art Commission for Watergrasshill NS

The Arts Development Committee on behalf  of the Board of Management of Watergrasshill N.S., Co. Cork invite design proposals for commission of an original artwork to be funded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme in connection with the building of new extension to the existing school premises at Watergrasshill Co. Cork.

Commission Value:  €28,000


Watergrasshill National School is a mixed primary school. It is under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Cork & Ross.  The school has a student population of 290 with 16 teachers and 2 Special needs assistants.  The school motto is “Mól an Óige is tiocfaidh siad”.

The school mission statement is “to strive to make Watergrasshill National School a place of education and development, where each child is cherished and encouraged to reach his/her full potential”.

 The new extension to the existing school premises is due for completion in early April 2015 after which the school will have 12 classrooms and a special education unit.

The development of Watergrasshill N.S. reflects the changing dynamics of this local community. A number of new estates along with stand alone houses have been built in and around the village. These developments have led to an increase in the school going population, with many of the families new to the area. The estimated population of Watergrasshill Village is circa 3k.

Description of Design Brief

We wish to commission an artwork that will be appreciated and enjoyed by our pupils and which will be relevant to the local area and include a local history content.  Artist should take into consideration the school ethos, its environment and the school’s place in the history, heritage and community of Watergrasshill Village.

The commissioners expect the artwork to engage the children from 4-12 years in a meaningful way. While the involvement of the pupils and teachers in the process of creating the artwork is not a pre-requisite, artists may make proposals outlining ways in which the school community might participate in the commission.

A potential site has been chosen in which the artwork might be located.  This is located at the new entrance to the school which is predominately glass. Artists should note that alternative sites will only be considered subject to consultation with school and the project architects.

The commissioned artist will be experienced in delivering complete projects in a fit-out/ construction environment and will demonstrate their ability to facilitate high quality outcomes working with a specific brief within a deadline.

The selection of the winning design will be through a selection panel comprising members of the Board of Management, teachers, parents and arts professionals.

We will consider all applications that meet the specifics of the design brief and qualifying conditions for the project.

The budget for design, supply and installation will be €28,000 inclusive of all costs, expenses, VAT, insurance and other charges.

Aims of the Commission

To commission original artwork that celebrates Watergrasshill National School’s vibrancy, distinctive sense of place and ethos and which meaningfully engages children from 4-12 years.

To enhance the school environment for pupils, staff parents and visitors.

To work collaboratively and enthusiastically with the selected artist.

To be inclusive of the whole school community.

Site Visits/Queries

Site visits may be scheduled strictly by appointment the week beginning   24th November until Friday 29th November.

Please contact the Secretary Noreen O’Callaghan to make an appointment @ 021-4889163.

Queries can also be made by email to .


The artwork must be made of durable materials and in its completed form must not present any risk to the health and safety of children and staff. 

Selection Process

Selection will be via single stage open competition.  The Board of Management reserves the right not to offer a commission through this process should none of the proposals received be deemed to meet the requirements of the commission brief.  The Board of Management also reserves the right to shortlist a number of artists for further development, in which case a fee of €500 to cover artist expenses will be payable. 

Selection Criteria

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria

Artist Concept

Suitability. i.e. the extent to which the  proposal meets the criteria set out in the competition brief, its relevance to the school, the  site and setting.

Pricing and compliance with the project budget.

Compliance with pre-qualification criteria.


Date of Advertisement for Competition                                 3rd November 2014

Closing Date                                                    15th. December 2014

Commission Awarded                                                 week beginning 20th. December 2014

Project Completion date to be agreed with artist

Application Details

Applicants must submit the following information

A typed one page proposal outlining ideas and concepts for the artwork

Outline drawings/montages of proposed artwork for the purpose of communicating scale,  artistic content and location

A maximum of 10 Digital images on CD documenting previously commissioned works

A completed application form

Up to date professional CV, including names of at least two referees in relation to previously  commissioned work 

Budget for supply and installation.

Detailed installation plan.

Time scale for completion

Compliance with qualifying conditions

Applications must be clearly marked on envelope Per Cent for Art Scheme and addressed to The Principal, Watergrasshill N.S., Watergrasshill, Co. Cork on or before 15th. December 2014.

The Successful Applicant

A contract will be entered into between the artist and the Board of Management of Watergrasshill NS, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork.

The successful applicant shall agree a payment schedule as part of the contract.

Payments shall be made in accordance with the schedule outlined in the contract upon receipt of invoices and successful completion of the work.

Artists must provide a tax clearance certificate and/or artist exemption certificate.

Evidence of appropriate insurance shall be provided prior to award of contract

A reasonable completion date will be agreed


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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