Public Art Commission for Shoe Mill/Five Arches

Pennine Lancashire Greenways

Artists’ Brief – Public Art Commission for Shoe Mill/Five Arches

Majestic viaducts, dark tunnels, ancient mill ruins, shady woodedgroves…  Lancashire’s new sustainabletransport plan links up stretches of disused railway into off-road greenways,  and offers some brilliant opportunities for creative interpretation.  MPA and Lancashire County Council, along with local partners, are working together to deliver a series of artist-led interventions which engage local communities, stimulate curiosity and interest in heritage and the natural environment, foster a sense of pride in the emerging new routes and build community ownership for the long term.

Background

The strategic transport plan for Lancashire is made possible bygovernment funding through the Regional Growth Fund.  The plan is led by our partners at Lancashire County Council.  Up to 2020, they are investing millions of pounds in joining up the dots of some existing but fragmented cycle routes based on old railway lines, working towards a more joined up network.  LCC asked MPA to bring a creative dimension to the programme, and we are delighted to be working with them.

The Routes

The work is focused on two key routes. The Valley of Stone Greenway will run from Rochdale all the way through Rossendale to Rawtenstall.  In Hyndburn, part of the Sustrans national cycle network, NCN route 6, to be named The Branch Line, will link Accrington down past Haslingden and Helmshore to Ramsbottom.

The Commission

This commission is for a gateway feature at the Shoe Mill/Five Arches junction, a central node that links The Branch Line to key facilities like Haworth Gallery and Hollins Technology College and the newly designated Woodnook Local Nature Reserve. It is also a site with strong links to the industrial and railway heritage of the area.

The final piece should accentuate the connectivity and range of destinations, and may take the form of paving or furniture, although we are open to a range of ideas. It should be low maintenance and the materials/form should take into account the location in terms of exposure to the elements. It should utilise the positive themes of local heritage, collective memories and shared experience. 

This commission, to include all fees and costs for research, design, fabrication and installation will be offered at the fixed price of £3,000.

The commissioning panel will include representatives from Haworth Gallery and Hollins Technology College and it is expected that the selected artist will work with a group of young people from Hollins Technology College in developing the final design of the artwork.

The Artist

The selected artist will have a strong track record in creating work for the public realm. They will have appropriate Public Liability Insurance and a current DBS certificate.

To Apply

To apply for this commission, please send:

  • A letter expressing why you are interested in this commission and how you would approach it.
  • An up to date CV.
  • Examples of relevant previous work (images, web links etc).

To shonagh@midpenninearts.org.uk before 5pm on 9th January 2019.

Interviews are likely to be held in January 2019 with an expectation that the artist will begin work in February 2019 and the final piece will be installed by the summer of 2019.

For an informal chat about this commission please contact Shonagh on the above email to arrange a phone call.

For more information about MPA, the project and our range of work, please visit our website

We look forward to hearing from you!

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