Expired: THE SARAH BARTMANN CENTRE OF REMEMBRANCE: OPEN CALL TO SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

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Deadline

3 September 2018

Opportunity Description

CALLING ALL CREATIVE ARTISTS in SOUTH AFRICA TO SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR THE DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND INSTALLATION OF ARTWORKS for the SARAH BARTMANN CENTRE OF REMEMBRANCE in HANKEY

Background of Project:

The Sarah Bartmann Centre of Remembrance is currently under construction outside Hankey in the Eastern Cape. This competition-winning complex consists of a series of pavilions linked by external walkways and spaces which are sensitively integrated into the Eastern Cape landscape. The architectural design includes 6 major artworks which will contribute to the telling of the story of Sarah Bartmann as well as the Khoi -San people. Most of these are located outdoors and the installations will need to be weather-resistant.

The artworks include the following:

  • 2 freestanding sculptural installations situated externally in specifically designed spaces
  • 2 murals situated externally
  • 1 two-dimensional artwork situated internally
  • Graphics on stepping stones in a pond situated externally

It is envisaged that the murals and sculptures will incorporate text, graphics and symbolism, so
collaborations between graphic designers, crafters and artists are encouraged. Materials envisaged for the artworks include wood, metals, stone, mosaic, textiles, beadwork and other natural materials.

The artworks will be funded by the South African Department of Arts and Culture and will need to be manufactured within a budget which will be outlined in Stage 2 of the competition. The competition will be run in 2 stages.

How to Apply

Stage 1: Submit Expression of Interest.

Should you be interested in participating in this competition, please submit a portfolio of work and abbreviated CV with your contact details and a paragraph motivating your submission.

  • Portfolios and CVs must be submitted electronically to sbcr.artworks@gmail.com
  • Files must be A4 in size, not exceed 4MB, and must be in pdf format
  • Images contained within the pdf format must be in jpeg format
  • All information must be contained in a single document
  • In a separate email (to the same email address), please confirm submission of portfolio
  • The closing date and time for submissions is 17h00 on Monday 3 September 2018 – No late
    submissions will be considered
  • Only artists resident in South Africa may apply
  • Selected finalists will be notified by email

Finalists will be selected by a panel including the principal Architect of the Centre. The following are criteria for selection in both Stages 1 and 2:

  • Evidence of experience in making public-scale artworks
  • Creative edge
  • Conceptual strength
  • Studio capacity
  • Technical skill
  • Willingness and ability to work with local artisans
  • No outsourcing of work
  • Research ability

GENERAL:

  • The judges’ selection is final and no correspondence will be entered into by the judges.
  • The competition organisers are not liable for any damage, loss or disappointment
    caused by taking part or not being able to take part in this competition.
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organisers may alter, amend or cancel the
    competition without prior notice.

Stage 2: Selection of Finalists for Conceptual Submission

Based on a scrutineering process of Stage 1 submissions, selected finalists will be short-listed to enter Stage 2 of the competition. They will be invited to submit concepts (with estimated costs and timeframes) for one or more of the 6 specific artworks.

Detailed briefing sessions will take place in each of the major urban centres, so that finalists may obtain all the relevant information about the site and specific context, as well as information about budget and other practical issues.

Artists from outside the borders of the Eastern Cape will be required to demonstrate local
participation goals, which will be explained at the briefing sessions.

Artists will be required to do research on the history of Sarah Bartmann as well as the history of the Khoi-San cultures. This research and understanding must be of a sufficient quality to enable the artist to add substantial intellectual and conceptual value to each artwork. It is intended that the artworks contribute to and enhance the vision of the entire project.

There will be no rejection fee for finalists not selected to make the final artworks, but the conceptual drawings submitted by all finalists will be curated in an online exhibition.

The submission date for Stage 2 entries is Friday 14 December 2018. Artists selected to make the final artworks will be notified on Thursday 3 January 2019. The anticipated date of completion and installation of all artworks is 7 June 2019.