The brief

Local wildlife mosaic at East Anton, Andover by Joanna Dewfal

Stonewater is calling for artists from all disciplines, to respond to a design brief with three elements and demonstrate they are equipped to support the organisation with delivering a series of public art pieces. This includes:

Meaningful design

  • The winning artist will be awarded £75,000 and a separate budget will be allocated for each development for executing the project; this includes materials, fabrication, installation and logistics. Competing artists will need to consider any planning implications from their proposal and, where appropriate, include for this within the budget.
  • For a chance to win this prize, artists must pitch a permanent art installation for Stonewater's development Mulberry Meadows in Castle Cary (more information about the scheme can be read on page 5) with the maximum budget of £100,000 +VAT to execute the project.
  • The piece should act as a significant and exciting experience for those living within the community and those visiting the area.
  • It should require minimal maintenance and artists should consider how the final work serves to activate or enhance the public space.
  • Given that the winning artist will need to deliver five projects across the year, in various areas across England, each artist’s submission must demonstrate how their research has informed and localised their idea to produce a meaningful and relevant design.

Community engagement

  • Each submission should demonstrate how they would propose working with Stonewater’s colleagues and communities to develop the public art.
  • Submitted designs should stimulate engagement with the community and artists will need to consider how the final work will compliment and relate to the scheme (materials, scale), softer landscaping and people – including children using the space.

Sustainability

  • The artist will need to demonstrate how they will consider reducing the carbon footprint of their proposed work. This could include the use of local materials, ethical sourcing, manufacturing and transport.

Budget for public art is allocated based on the size of the development and available surrounding space. Stonewater will agree the public art budget for each scheme with the winning artist ahead of them scoping out the design.

This brief is reflective of how Stonewater would like the winning artist to work with the development team to identify ideas and engage with the local community to produce each piece.

The winning artist will also work with Stonewater’s communications team to establish a communications plan for the development of each piece of public art and support the delivery of this plan where needed.