Make The Children's Library Great Again!

Deadline: 14/07/2019  |  Published: 04/07/2019  |  Venue: Warrington Library  |  City: Warrington  |  Region: Cheshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Roger Jeffery

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We're looking for an artist who can help make the Children's section of Warrington Library look more fun and appealing.

Warrington Museum and Library is due to undergo a minor refurbishment during the first two weeks in September during which it will be closed. It will be relaunched on 14 September 2019.

We're looking for an artist to help make the Children's section more fun and appealing.

We welcome proposals from artists; please include a breakdown of your budget in the proposal.

  • Work must be completed during a 2 week period while the building is closed to the public in early September and be ready when we reopen the building on 14 September 2019
  • To give you an idea of the scale of the project we anticipate paying an artist for approximately 5 days work.
  • We are looking for proposals in the region of up to £1k, to include all costs (apart from books)
  • We'd prefer to work with local or regionally based artists to keep the proportion of the budget allocated to travel/accommodation down to a minimum.
  • Please include examples of relevant past work in your submission and be specific about what you're proposing, in clear language
  • We'd suggest proposing something that has a strong and welcoming visual impact. We're thinking something wall based, such as a painted mural, but open to other ideas, although please think carefully about the materials you use as obvious the work has to be quite resistant to wear and can not have any exposed sharp edges. It must be accessible.
  • The work could reference Warrington's history, the museum/library's collections, (e.g. the museum has a dodo and Lewis Carroll visited the museum's first exhibition when he was a child) the architecture of the building, it could be a more generic theme such as Pirates or Space for example, or it could be purely abstract. We'd also welcome something that encourages interaction. The most important thing is that it has a positive visual impact.
  • Dimensions - see the attached images for how the space currently looks. The layout of the bookcases will be different, the bookshelves will be shorter, the walls will be whitewashed and the large acrylic lettering below the windows will be removed. The revised Children's section will occupy a floor space of approx 3m x 7m. The biggest clear space for the work if wall based is the far wall, which is about 3m wide and 2m deep (above the bookcases).


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any artist with public liability insurance is welcome to apply. Please note we don't have a big budget for this, so working with a local or regionally-based artist is more practical - paying for travel & accommodation for an artist based further afield wouldn't be the best use of the budget.
When is the deadline?
Midnight 14 July
How many works can I submit?
If you have multiple ideas you can submit as many separate proposals as you like.
When is the delivery date?
It has to be installed between 1-13 Sept and ready to launch on 14 Sept
When do I need to collect my work?
n/a, it stays in situ
Is there a private view / opening?
No PV/opening for this specific commission, but the whole building will be relaunched on 14 Sept.
Does the location have disabled access?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Potentially yes, as part of the wider relaunch strategy.
Do I need to be present?
Yes, it's your responsibility to install the work
How do you decide on proposals?
How well the proposal meets the brief; quality of images submitted (e.g. relevant past work or sketches of the proposed work); proposed budget
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will contact all artists to let them know of the outcome.

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