Open Call | Public Art Commission for Carlow Town

 Application Deadline – 19 May 2022

Carlow County Councils Public Art Working Group invite Artists to tender for this new Public Art Commission that will be managed by the Arts Service of Carlow County Council.

They wish to commission an artist(s) under the Fáilte Ireland Developed & Emerging Destination Towns Capital Investment Programme (2019).

This competition seeks to elicit the most creative, compelling, artistically excellent and outstanding proposal for this Public Art project. While there are no pre-conceived ideas regarding the design or content and applicants are free to choose any durable medium for its expression, an original sculpture as a stand-alone installation or a sculpture group is required to be part of the proposal.

The location for this commission is situated in Carlow Town Park on a public open green space surrounded by natural environment as well as backing onto an area that hosts a Children’s Playground (opened in daylight hours). The site is central to pathways through the Town Park and visible as you arrive by car into the park or as you walk through the park on foot from the Millennium footbridge over the River Barrow. Carlow Town Park is a 12.8-acre site on the banks of the River Barrow.

Artist Brief:

Please carefully read the Artist Brief as it contains important information for applicants: Public-Art-Commission-Carlow-Town.pdf

€75,000 fully inclusive of ~VAT, all materials, all health and safety requirements, all groundwork and installation costs.

Aim of the Commission:
Carlow County Council Public Art Working Group will lead this Commission through the Arts Office of Carlow County Council. The Public Art Working Group would ask the Artist to consider the following aims in submitting their application:

  • This permanent artwork(s) will complement in a cohesive way its natural environment and complement the Town Park.
  • This compelling artwork will enhance the visitor experience to Carlow Town and the use of the Trail to encourage them to discover, find, explore, create, and possibly interact through and with the artwork(s) commissioned on this site.
  • This commission will be mindful of the public that use the park as the immediate audience to the work as well as to visitors to Carlow who use the Trail.

Application Process:
Applications are open to all artists. At Stage 1 artists will be asked to demonstrate experience working on public art commissions or relevant past experience, outlined further below.

Stage 1 application proposals to be emailed to: with CLEARLY LABELLED supporting materials by 19th May 2022 at 4pm.

Stage 1:
Artists are invited to submit outline of proposal and outline costs by 19th May 2022 at 4pm

Artists are requested to submit the following with their completed application form:

1. A typed proposal (max 200 words) outlining in detail your concept and final design. This should indicate how it meets the aims outlined above of the commission.
2. Details of materials to be used, timescale for the completion of the project and estimated budget in Euro.
3. Current Curriculum Vitae and highlight 3 examples/evidence of previous public art projects undertaken for the selection panel to be able to assess your previous experience and suitability for the commission.
4. Confirmation that artist can provide Public Liability Insurance if awarded contract.
5. Confirmation of Tax Compliance in the Republic of Ireland.
6. Evidence of who the Artist will appoint as a competent and adequately resourced project supervisor for the design process (PSDP) and project supervisor for the construction process (PSCS).

Assessment of Stage 1 applications will take place on 23rd May 2022 and artists will be notified by 30th May 2022.

Shortlisted Artists to Stage 2:
Artists who score marks of over 80 on the selection criteria, below, will be short listed from Stage 1 and will be notified as above. If so, artists will be requested to develop their Stage 1 proposals further and submit the following:

• Detailed design drawings, photo’s, Marquette / digital model, video etc. (Sufficient drawings, photographs, illustrations for the purpose of communicating the scale, proportion, and artistic content of the developed project. Please label all items).
• Detailed explanation of proposal with timeframe and completion date and satisfactory evidence of safety, durability, and maintenance requirements for the proposed work.
• Detailed breakdown of commission budget (cost of installation of the commissioned work must be shown separately)
• Artists may be invited to give a presentation to the Selection Panel (Due to COVID 19 this may be facilitated on-line).

Stage 2 Artists will receive €500 towards the cost of developing proposals.

Selection Panel:
The Public Art Working Group will nominate the Selection Panel which will consist of representatives from the Public Art Working Group and external assessor(s) and an independent professional artist to assess the applications and select both short listed and final commissioned artists.

Artists can contact with queries relating to the public art commission.

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