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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Two Job Opportunities

Health & Wellbeing Public Art Commission: Quarry Bank Primary School, Artist Brief
Quarry Bank Primary School, High Street, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 2AD

DEADLINE: 5.00pm, Monday 8 July

The Commission
The staff team at Quarry Bank Primary School are looking to commission a visual artist working in any art form to design and produce a high quality piece of public art for their reception area. The finished piece will be a central focus of the reception area and a health and wellbeing theme reflecting the school’s core values will provide the inspiration for the artwork (see below).

The commissioned artist(s) will design and produce the artwork and will work creatively with a small group of children and staff at Quarry Bank to generate ideas for the work as part of the design process (see below). The school has a very open-minded approach to the brief and to the form and medium that the final piece will take. They are particularly interested in innovative and dynamic responses to the brief.

An all-inclusive fee of £2000 is available for the project (to include artist time, travel and all materials).

This project is part of a series of commissions being developed by NHS Dudley in partnership with Creative Health CIC (http://www.creativehealthcic.co.uk/).

The Space
The reception area is a two-storey space featuring a glass-fronted entrance wall and double-height wall space, photographs of children and school activities are hung at first floor height. The space contains the reception desk, sofas and temporary displays of children's work. Please go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/97677080@N08/ to see images of the space. 

Theme and Design Process
At the heart of the project are health and wellbeing themes promoting aspirational and positive ideas about the future and a forward looking, happy and healthy approach to life. These ideas reflect the school’s core values of success, learning for life and relationships. The finished piece will inspire and remind the school community of these key messages as they go about their day-to-day activities.

As part of the design process, staff would like the children to creatively explore and develop the health and wellbeing ideas through workshops facilitated by the commissioned artist and to be fully involved in the decision-making process.

The successful artist(s) will:
·         Work closely with a project group of staff and approximately ten children from Key Stage One (ages6-7) and Two (ages 7-11) to develop ideas for the art work
·         Develop these ideas into a set of designs
·         Present their designs to the project group for selection
·         Create, produce and install the selected artwork

Essential Requirements
As part of the commission the successful artist(s) will be expected to undertake the following tasks:

·         Ensure all artists working on the project are CRB cleared and covered by public liability insurance(s)
·         During the design process, provide the school with a list of materials for the finished artwork which must comply with the school’s health and safety requirements
·         Be responsible for the production and final installation of the finished art work ensuring it meets all health and safety requirements
·         Undertake necessary risk assessments and provide copies for the school before work begins
·         Set up and deliver workshop sessions with the project group, ensuring they are of high quality
·         Develop a creative framework which ensures the final product is high quality and fit for purpose
·         Work closely with Creative Health and provide regular updates on the progress of the project
·         Provide a maintenance schedule for the artwork for the school
·         Assist with the evaluation of the project.

Background and Context
Quarry Bank Primary School moved into a new school building in 2011. Staff, pupils and parents are very proud of their new building and were involved in the planning and design process. The main teaching spaces are built around a glass-roofed atrium space allowing maximum natural light within both storeys of the building. Many of the teaching spaces have verandas, incorporating an inside / outside space feature into the classroom environment and the school also has a garden. As part of the new build artist Tim Tolkien worked with children to design a new fence and gates for the school. The finished artwork is spectacular and has already become a landmark feature on the High Street.

For more information about the School please go to http://www.quarry.dudley.sch.uk.
If you have any questions about the space contact katy@creativehealthcic.co.uk

The project will start in September 2013 and the final artwork installed by December 2013.

A budget of up to £2000 is available for the project. This needs to include artist time, travel costs, use of equipment and all materials. Payment will be staged and linked to milestones as agreed as part of the contract.

Submission Criteria
Interested artists should be able to demonstrate that they meet the following submission criteria:

·         Experience of delivering high quality innovative public art work
·         Ability to inspire and develop contemporary work
·         Experience of working with children
·         Experience of delivering work within budget and timescale.
Outline Proposal
Interested artists should submit an outline proposal by email to Katy Woods katy@creativehealthcic.co.uk which includes the following information:

·         How you meet the submission criteria detailed above
·         Your initial reactions to the brief
·         Links to examples of previous work undertaken of a similar nature.

Outline proposals should be emailed to no later than 5.00pm on Monday 8 July

Key Dates
Monday 8 July: Deadline for submission of outline proposal
Monday 15 July: Up to three artists invited to present their initial ideas to an interview panel which will include staff and children. As part of this process artists will have the opportunity to have a guided tour of the school.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this brief please contact: Katy Woods, Creative Health Arts and Health Development Worker katy@creativehealthcic.co.uk or 07903 447370 during office hours.

If you have any queries, contact Steve Field, Borough Artist, Dudley MBC, The Public Art Unit, The Laundry Block, Himley Hall, Dudley DY3 4DF. phone 01902 894958 or email Steve.Field@dudley.gov.uk

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