Temporary public art commission for Plymouth Art Weekender 2020 – Open Brief

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Deadline Thursday 31 October 2019

Fee £5500

On the 23rd of March 2019, Theatre Royal Plymouth unveiled Messenger, a large-scale public artwork by Joseph Hillier, which depicts actor Nicola Kavanagh from Frantic Assembly in a dynamic crouching position. For this co-commission with TRP, Visual Arts Plymouth are seeking proposals that engage either thematically or specifically with Messenger as a major piece of public art. We are very much hoping that the shortlisted proposals will include dynamic and engaged explorations of what Messenger represents. 

Some starting points could be 

  • Public art’s impact on the vista of the city
  • Messenger as a symbol of Frantic Assembly’s ethos and history
  • The female body as a site of debate
  • Traditional representations of women as statues 
  • Othello (the play the actor depicted was rehearsing for)

We envisage this commission taking shape through ongoing conversation with the commissioning partners and welcome proposals that will thoughtfully carry this through to the presentation of work at PAW 2020, including a strong visual presence over the 3 day festival. PAW is looking for works which will help draw audiences to the Weekender, through spectacle or intrigue and which will be widely enjoyed and remembered, as well as being a site for thought and discussion. The work should also consider ideas around community engagement and possible opportunities of co-authorship. 

Works in any form will be considered, however there is a preference for temporary artworks which have a presence in an outdoor public space.

Selected artists will work closely with the Festival Coordinators alongside support from Visual Arts Plymouth CIC and Plymouth City Council to develop their proposals, site & public participation.

Experience of working in the public realm is essential for this commission.

Full details at: https://plymouthartweekender.com/temporary-public-art-commission-for-plymouth-art-weekender-2020-open-brief/

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