Avenue Parade artist commission

Artist / Designer Brief

Sculptural Gateway Commission

Avenue Parade Entrance, Peel Park, Accrington

 

Introduction

Mid Pennine Arts brings art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives. We are a creative organisation who, since 1966, has developed a range of high quality arts projects acrossLancashire.

 

Project Background

Peel Park and the Coppice is a large parcel of public open space quite close to Accrington town centre. Much of Peel Park and particularly the Coppice at the top of the park have a spectacular, natural beauty. There is a great love for the area locally and it is used for walking, basket ball, children’s play, bowling, picnicing, allotment holders, a cut through, bird watching and meeting friends but poor access points and unattractive entrances create and reinforce a feeling of dereliction.

Over the past few years Lancashire County Council have funded the Peel Park and Coppice Master Plan, the plan suggests a series of improvements to the area.

Phase I improvements to the main access path and steps up to the refurbished Peel Monument were completed last year.

Hyndburn Borough Council and Lancashire County Council are moving forward with the refurbishment of Avenue Parade Entrance as the next stage. The improvement programme will take place during 2011.

At present the entrance has stained and graffitied stone pillars, unsightly railings and barbed wire, uneven surfaces and untidy bollards.

The Sculptural Gateway Commission aims to link with the recent improvements to create an exciting entrance and raise the profile of future developments within the park.

A new, more inviting space will create an entrance that the community can take pride in and respect, encouraging more residents to use the park and take ownership of this important facility.

 

Proposal

Mid Pennine Arts would like to commission an artist/designer to create a sculptural entrance feature for Avenue Parade Entrance,Peel Park. The entrance commands an imposing position within the town and the commission will highlight this position to create impact both visually and emotionally for the community.

The new entrance will represent a new life for the park, encouraging exploration and involvement.

There will be flexibility within what the commission can encompass as part of the overall entrance programme, therefore the commission budget is also reasonably flexible.  To accommodate this, 3 designs will shortlisted. A small payment will be made to allow the designs to be developed for public presentation.

Additional improvement works that could be included in a proposal as part of an overall treatment for the site; 

The existing boundary to the side of the entrance is due to be widened and landscaped. New hard surfacing, fencing, gates, bollards and planting could form part of any new entrance feature.

Site maps and the practical needs and constraints of this project are available here:

Supporting Information Avenue Parade Entrance

1.Master Plan showing Peel Park and area.

2.Showing existing plan and new park&allotment boundary line

3.Showing potential extent of entrance site. Up to adopted highway boundary only

1.View - extended vista down through the park and into Accrington

1.View - extended vista down through the park and into Accrington

2.View- Allotment boundary to be moved outwards incorporating trees into the park

2.View- Allotment boundary to be moved outwards incorporating trees into the park

3. Left stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

3. Left stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

4.Electric housing needs to be considered. Behind left pillar

4.Electric housing needs to be considered. Behind left pillar

5.Right stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

5.Right stone pillar and heraldic plaque to be incorporated

6.Gas housing needs to be considered.Behind right pillar

6.Gas housing needs to be considered.Behind right pillar

7.external bounary fence and gated access to allotments

7.external bounary fence and gated access to allotments

The 3 selected proposals are likely to show:

  1. An exciting design solution that creates impact for the site
  2. A practical and sympathetic solution that will work with or help create a new pedestrian and non vehicular access to the park
  3. The ability to present the design publicly

 

The designs will need to:

  1. Show  thought given to the practicalities and constraints of the site
  2. Be relatively maintenance free

 

The 3 selected artist/designers will need to have experience of 

(or show resources to accommodate):

  1.  Working with local Councils and partners
  2.  Working with schools and community groups
  3.  Working with Landscape Architects and Planners
  4.  Working to a budget
  5.  Working to deadlines
  6.  Working within the realms of large scale public art/design

 

Once selected the 3 selected artist/designers will be expected to:

  1. Develop their proposals through research and consultation with the steering group, landscape architects and the commissioners
  2. Develop the design through research and consultation with the landscape architects andHyndburnBCPlanning
  3. Be CRB checked
  4. Liaise with Mid Pennine Arts and the Steering Group
  5. Outline construction methods and materials, including cost estimates and design fees

 

If further information or a site visit is required before sending an application please refer to the ‘site maps and practical needs and constraints’ above or contact:

Helen Yates, Mid Pennine Arts (Details below)

 

Budget

Please note that after the initial short listing, we anticipate that a maximum of 3 short listed artists will be paid a fee of £200 to further work up the proposal ideas for final submission.

An estimated commission budget of £29,000 is available to cover: artist/design fees, materials and installation and all other commission costs.

 

Deadline for applications:  Tueday 27th September 2011

 

Initial Shortlisting Date: 28th September 2011

 

The three selected candidates will need to re submit their developed proposals by 10th October 2011

 

Timescale: The Commission will need to be completed before the end of December 2011 (subject to planning permission)

All applications will be acknowledged.

 

To apply please post:

  1. A letter expressing interest with contact details and availability.
  2. A project proposal, including basic budget.
  3. An up to date C.V.
  4. Up to 10 images of artist/designer’s previous work.

      (If the images need to be returned please included a stamped addressed envelope)

 

Please post applications to:

Helen Yates

Community and Projects Officer

Mid Pennine Arts

1 Neptune St

Weavers’ Triangle

Burnley

BB11 1SF

 

Tel.  01282 421986 ex 208   

(helen@midpenninearts.org.uk)              

 www.midpenninearts.org.uk   

 

The above Commission is funded by Hyndburn Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Arts Council England

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