Armagh Public Art Project
Artisits invited to tender for major new public arts scheme in Armagh city centre
Armagh City and District Council have announced a major competition for the provision of public art in Armagh city centre.
The competition includes three artworks at Upper English Street, Scotch Street and Market Street. The largest of the three commissions will be located at the front of the Market House on Market Street in the very heart of the city.
The Public Art Project is open to submissions now. The closing date for expressions of interest submissions and detailed design proposals is October 6, 2008.
The council is encouraging local artists, as well as those from further afield with experience of public art to respond to the Public Art Project.
The project complements the 11 street environmental improvement schemes that commenced in May 2008. The Streetscape Scheme includes new street layouts, paving, street furniture, lighting and greenery.
The subsequent Public Art Project aims to provide creative final touches to the refurbishment of the city centre.
As a result of the project, art and design will feature in some of the infrastructural elements of the new city streetscapes, including a set of railings at the entrance to Dobbin Street Lane, miniature sculptures positioned in a number of streets throughout the scheme and wall art in Market Street.
Rosemary Kelly, chairperson of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, has commended Armagh City Council for its vision and commitment in placing art in the heart of the city.
'The Arts Council is pleased to support the commissioning of public art in Armagh City Centre. Armagh City Council has recognised the important contribution that the arts are making to social and economic development throughout Northern Ireland, and have realised the value of integrating innovative new art in their wider regeneration plans for the area.'
Dawn Park, Armagh City Council’s urban regeneration officer and project manager believes the project will enhance the city for residents, visitors and future investors.
'The new improvements and the public art project send out a signal that we respect our heritage and value creativity. Such confidence and investment will most certainly attract many new visitors and investors to the city, as well as making it a much more enjoyable place for local people who live, work, shop and socialise in the city.'
The closing date for expressions of interest in the Armagh Public Art Project is October 6, 2008.