Salt's Mill Window Commission

Deadline: 02/10/2020  |  Published: 24/09/2020  |  Venue: Salt's Mill  |  City: Saltaire  |  Region: West Yorkshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Saltaire Inspired Team

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Salts Mill Window Commission - Saltaire Living Advent Calendar 2020. Saltaire Inspired and Salts Mill are pleased to offer an opportunity to a locally-based artist for a special commission as part of Saltaire Living Advent Calendar.

Saltaire Inspired is an ambitious arts charity, creating quality contemporary arts events in unique settings.

We deliver three annual arts events in the World Heritage village of Saltaire, and work towards our vision to help Saltaire become an internationally recognised centre for visual arts.

We create art and community events in the spaces of Saltaire and present exciting and challenging contemporary visual art in accessible settings inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to take part.

Using public buildings and private homes as venues in order to encourage and reach out to new audiences, and to attract artists to exhibit and respond. We also provide creative learning experiences though free workshops and drop in sessions on anything from film animation to den- building.

Saltaire Living Advent Calendar is a community art event that illuminates the village and delights both residents and visitors to Saltaire World Heritage Site during the month of December. Each year, hundreds of people from across the UK and overseas follow the trail, both in person and through social media, as a different house opens a window every evening from 1st to 24th December, each designed and presented by local residents and groups. The trail remains open until 1st January 2021.

This year, for the first time with the support of a grant from the Arts Council, Saltaire Inspired is commissioning a locally-based artist to create a display in the windows of Salts Mill, Sir Titus Salt’s iconic mill building at the heart of Saltaire and its key visitor attraction The window on the main stairwell overlooks Saltaire Railway Station and will act as a centrepiece for this year’s event.

We seek artists who:

  • Can demonstrate at least 3 years professional practice

  • Can evidence experience of delivering commissions and working at a similar scale

  • Can adopt a flexible and collaborative approach working with the Saltaire Inspired and Salts Mill teams

  • Are based in Yorkshire or are within easy commuting distance for the purposes of site visits and installation

We seek proposals that:

  • Can be achieved within the project budget of £1,500 to cover all materials and artist time to deliver the commission

  • Draw on the heritage context and reference the spirit and materials used by residents in the Living Advent Calendar event to create impact both when seen from the outside and also from inside the public stairwell

  • Draw broadly and imaginatively on the spirit of the season whilst avoiding specifically religious content

  • Can be achieved while adhering to the technical specifications outlined by Salts Mill and its status as a heritage site (see below)

Salts Mill technical specification:

  • Installation to be displayed in the six windows in the public stairwell on the west elevation of the mill (see images).

  • The window measures 9ft 6 inches in total. Owing to restrictions due to the nature of the building we are inviting artists to consider working with the four large central panels, each measuring 34” x 22”.

  • Windows accessed by public stairwell, open 10am-6pm daily - installation will need to take place after hours and be ready to launch on 1st December.

  • Window recess measures 24” in depth, accessed from stairwell over iron railings - Salts Mill requires use of safety harnesses and will need to approve a risk assessment.

  • Installation to be hung from top of each window - simple removable fixings can be drilled into the stone as long as the area can be made good at the end of the display.

  • There are no power sources in the stairwell – the stairwell is lit by fluorescent strip lights


Fee: £1500 to cover artist time and materials

Deadline: 2nd October 2020

The proposals will be reviewed by both representatives from Saltaire Inspired, Salts Mill and the community steering group of Saltaire Living Advent Calendar.

A shortlist of proposals will be made and those people will be invited for an interview over Zoom before a final selection is made.

A full PDF download with internal, external images of the windows and a plan with measurements is available here.


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Professional artists with three years experience of professional practice. Should be able to demonstrate past track record of similar work or projects at similar scale.
When is the deadline?
2nd October 2020
How many works can I submit?
One proposal per artist.
When is the delivery date?
1st December 2020
When do I need to collect my work?
2nd January 2021.
Are there payments to artists?
£1500 to cover artist time and materials.
Is there a private view / opening?
A launch event will take place depending on current Covid-19 restrictions.
What are the exhibition opening hours?
4pm-10pm daily.
Does the location have disabled access?
Salt's Mill is an accessible building but the work is to be installed on a public stairwell without a stairlift or passenger lit immediately nearby. The windows and work will be visible from street level but artists with access requirements should contact Saltaire Inspired in advance of submission to discuss them.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Saltaire Living Advent Calendar has a social media following of over 5000 people and is actively followed by local people and partner events across the UK and Europe. Past editions have attracted local and national press coverage.
Do I need to be present?
Artists will be responsible for supervising installation of the work alongside Salts Mill estates team.
How do you decide on proposals?
Proposals will be considered by Saltaire Inspired, Salt's Mill and community starring group representatives.

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