Expressions of Interest – Shutter Art Project (closed)

The University of Atypical for Arts and Disability and Cathedral Quarter Trust in collaboration with Belfast City Council, Business Cluster and Community Grant Programme invite expressions of interest from artists for a Shutter Art Project.

The project will commission up to 6 original artworks for shutters in Belfast City Centre.

The project theme is entitled ‘Revitalising Royal Avenue: North Street to Donegall Street.’

The project is funded by the DfC Covid- 19 City Revitalisation Programme.

We’re seeking artworks that will engage, surprise and delight in Belfast City Centre

1. Brief

We’re looking for expressions of interest / proposals from artists to:

o enhance the City of Belfast with new artworks on display from the corner of North Street to the corner of Donegall Street along Royal Avenue (see map).
o We will commission 6 artworks
o We will select one artist to produce up to 6 individual artworks
o Selected artwork will be reproduced on shopfront shutters
o Proposed artworks should demonstrate the creative excellence of our city

2. Key dates

o Expressions of interest to be submitted by 22nd of February 2022
o Selection of artist on the 25th of February 2022
o Design work/visuals delivered by agreed by 7th of March 2022
o Painting work begins 12th March 2022

3. Budget

o The commissioned artist will be paid £1000 per shutter.
o The budget covers all costs for preparation, materials, artists fee and final production of the finished artwork.
o Selected artists must ensure safe working practises are in place at all times.

4. Application requirements

o All expressions of interest / proposals must be made through the online form.
o Emailed applications will not be accepted.
o To complete the form, the following information is required:

1. artist/team main contact details
2. artist/team’s short biography or CVs
3. Description of proposed artwork (250 words max)
4. Artist’s images (maximum 10 images).
5. Please ensure that all files are clearly labelled with the applicant’s name.
6. The maximum file size for each file is 5MB.

5. Selection Criteria

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

o creative approach
o Quality of proposal
o use of selected space
o experience of the artist/team
o feasibility of the project

Final selection is at the discretion of the selection panel

6. There is a two-stage selection process

Stage one – an open call for expressions of interest / Proposals:

o Open to individual artists or groups / collectives

Stage two – selection panel will invite shortlisted artist/collectives to submit a detailed proposal.

o 10 designs will be shortlisted
o 6 designs will be selected for reproduction on shutters.
o The artist, group / collective will be paid to develop drawings.
o The development fee is £500

7. Location

Artworks will be sited on shopfronts in the Belfast City Centre along Royal Avenue between North Street and Donegall Street.

8. Submitting proposals
Proposals can be submitted at the following location
9. Contact

If you have any queries, please email us at:

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