Artist Invitation for Expression of Interest, St Aubyns Community Field, Rottingdean

Deadline: 08/12/23

Artists are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for an exciting new public art opportunity located at St Aubyns Community Field, Rottingdean.

Rottingdean Parish Council are seeking an artist(s) to propose a creative scheme which will integrate with and enhance this new public open space.

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We want the space to be welcoming, engaging and accessible to celebrate this beautiful addition to open space in Rottingdean, a historic village with a strong tradition of cultural activity.

The Commission Aims to:

  • Provide a welcome and inspiration, encourage relaxation, playfulness and enjoyment of the new community space, the priority being to engage and inspire residents and visitors, while acknowledging the area’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Complement or enhance an environment designed for informal recreation and exercise.
  • Create a visual landmark/s that reflects and celebrates the things that make historic Rottingdean and this location unique, including its creative communities and celebrates the field as a new community space.
  • Formulate an encounter that is accessible to all, that draws people to the site and enhances views in and views out from within the site.
  • Have relevance to the many and diverse users of the space and bring to light the social and cultural aspects of the site and village.
  • Is responsive to the landscaping of the field (working in harmony with the landscaper’s palette) and the community aspirations for the site – a wild flower area has been planned for and a community orchard is under consideration.

Opportunities/Themes

The public art in this location could:

  • Comprise either a single structure, numerous features or treatments notated/integrated around the site.
  • Bring awareness to/ marking entry points into the Field – there will be five separate access points around the field, leading onto pathways criss-crossing the site.
  • Integrate with the landscaping of the site which is scheduled ahead of the asset being handed over to RPC and the completion date for the commission

The commission budget is: £45,450 (plus VAT) to include Artist Fee, Production, Fabrication and Installation of the Artwork.

Following submissions of Expression of Interest, up to five artists will be shortlisted to develop concept designs (£500 fee).

RPC is inviting artist(s) to propose an artistic response to the site and commission.

RPC wishes to encourage people of all ages to meet and enjoy the new community field in safety and relative tranquillity.

How to Apply

Artists are asked to provide the following as part of their Expression of Interest by 8 December 2023.

Up to 800 words describing:

  • your interest in the commission and relevance to your practice
  • initial thoughts on how you would respond to the opportunity (we are not asking for any concept drawings or designs at this stage) and relate to/ engage with the local area
  • Up to 500 words describing your relevant experience and examples of work with up to 5 jpegs.
  • 1 page CV

Where possible, please combine the above into 1 pdf file, saved with your name. Images may be attached separately.

Email to: staubynsfieldrottingdean@gmail.com including your contact details:

Name, Address and contact number by 8 December 2023.

Please contact us to arrange an alternative submission format if, due to a disability or digital access requirements, you need to submit by video call or post.

Contact name: Poppy Heron

Contact email: staubynsfieldrottingdean@gmail.com

Deadline: 08/12/23