Eastside Community Trust and Studio Meraki would love to hear from established artists based in Bristol and the South West who have the skills, experience and capacity to deliver a public art project between June and August 2023. The completed works are to be installed along Stapleton Road in Easton, Bristol.
The selected artists will be asked to create one of three high-quality large scale public artworks that will encourage footfall, pride of place and extend dwell time on Stapleton Road. The exact locations are to be confirmed, however we envisage 2D artwork that is scalable and could be digitised and industrially fabricated as the most practical approach given the timeline of the project and potential logistics with installation and relevant permissions.
The selected artists will work alongside Studio Meraki to ensure the local community has a voice and are able to participate in the design process of the final artwork to ensure it is embedded in and reflects the local people and the place. This public art project will be running concurrently to a graffiti shutter uplift project and other street improvements so there will be an emphasis on collaborative working and a cohesive visual identity across all the final artworks.
The budget for this is £10.000 per public artwork to include concept, design, community co-design event, production and installation. There are a total of three public art commissions with a total budget of £30,000 so individual artists, collectives and arts organisations are invited to apply for one or all three commissions, but all the artworks must have their own identity and be delivered and installed by 31 August 2023.
At this stage we are looking for a short Expressions of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by 9am on Monday 15 May 2023. EOIs should include:
- Your credentials, with examples of projects that you have worked on recently and include weblinks and/or jpeg photographs.
- A brief statement about what interests you about this project.
- Biographies of the artists and other team members that cover their relevant background, skills and experience.
- Links to relevant website(s) and social media channels.
This project is being delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets project.
Email your EOI to email@example.com to arrive no later than 9am on Monday 15 May 2023. Eastside Community Trust and Studio Meraki will then invite selected artists to submit a more in-depth proposal by 25 May 2023.