Open Call for Artist Proposals

Open Call for Artist Proposals

Site-responsive Public Art Commission:

Milken Lane, Ashover, Derbyshire

August 2019

Commissioner: John Stockton, Planning Design Ltd
Where: Milken Lane, Ashover, Derbyshire
Artform: Public realm artwork(s)

Project Background

Junction Arts are supporting John Stockton to commission an exceptional artist who will design, deliver and install a new public realm artwork for a private development of 10 bungalows to wheelchair accessible standards on a greenfield site in Ashover, Derbyshire.

Project Brief

An opportunity has arisen for a creative or team of creatives to produce a visually engaging and locally sympathetic public realm artwork for a new small housing development in Ashover. The new work will add a creative and positive aesthetic to the development after completion and will enable residents to develop a sense of connection to the area. We are interested in work that can be incorporated into the fabric of the development and can be a long lasting element of the scheme for the benefit of new residents and visitors alike.


We invite artists of all backgrounds to submit proposals that incorporate natural, traditional and/or digital artforms. Please see the latest version of the site layout below for reference. The artworks will need to be resilient to inclement weather and factor in the ability to withstand vandalism. Future maintenance and costs of maintenance must also be taken into account.


The total artist fee is £10,000 (inclusive of all expenses, preparation, materials, travel, manufacture, installation and VAT).

Public Art Site


It shall be agreed that upon completion of the public artwork, with final payment to the contracted artist, property, maintenance and ownership of the artwork shall pass to site management company. Any maquettes, models or preliminary drawings shall remain at all times the property of the artist.


If no immediate plans are in place for decommissioning of the final artwork, information regarding the build should be kept for reference by the new owner of the work (see above). Therefore the body, or organisation, which has taken responsibility for the ownership / maintenance of the work, will be responsible for the decommissioning. Where appropriate the local residents should be involved in deciding the fate of the artwork.


Copyright remains with the selected artist. The commissioned artist will give permission to the Commissioner to use images of the artwork for promotion and publicity purposes. Further details regarding copyright will be included in the final artist contract, supplied by John Stockton.

Application Process and Deadlines

The creative(s) should submit a written proposal of no more than 2 sides of A4 showing your approach and ideas for how you would deliver the project to

Please include:
• An outline of relevant public artwork experience
• An outline of how you would allocate your time for planning and design, delivery and installation (see timetable notes below)
• A budget breakdown taking into account preparation, materials, build and installation time including a contingency
• In addition to the written proposal please include up to 5 images to evidence your previous work
• CV(s) including your contact details and names of 2 referees
• Confirmation of Public Liability Insurance to a minimum value of £5m
• Confirmation of availability for the week commencing Monday 9th September, if called for interview.

CV and website links submitted without a written application will not be considered.

Please make sure your application is submitted via email as one combined PDF and no more than 5MB in size.

Please also note that artists ideally should have a current Driving License and Public Liability Insurance due to the nature and location of the project.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 1st September 2019

Shortlisting and Interview Process

• Successful applications shortlisted for interview will be notified by Friday 6th September
• If you do not hear by the 6th September, please assume your proposal was not shortlisted.
• Interviews will be held on Tuesday 10th September
• The successful creative(s) will be informed of the decision by Friday 13th September
• Written feedback will be available upon request.

If called for interview you will be asked to deliver a 10 minute visual presentation about one public art project that best highlights your approach and experience for this type of commission.

Contracting and Design

The selected artist will be contracted directly by the Commissioner, John Stockton. The design for the public artwork will need supplied to John Stockton by Friday 27th September 2019, so that it can be agreed and submitted as part of the Commissioner’s discharge of Public Art condition application to the local authority in October 2019. John Stockton will provide the artist with the schedule, instruction and necessary payment for works as the development progresses.

Please note: The agreed artwork would not need to be installed until after summer 2020, once the housing development itself is underway.

For more information on the project brief, please contact Amy Smith, Project Coordinator, Junction Arts: / 01246 209 219

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