Public Art Commission: Call For Artists

Call for artists. Fantastic opportunity to create a permanent public art feature in Eastleigh.

Woodside Avenue Development LLP, a joint venture between Eastleigh Borough Council and Vivid Housing Limited, is looking to appoint a public artist to create a high-quality permanent public art feature on an area of public open space as part of a residential development of land in Eastleigh.

The aims and objectives of this art project are to:

  • Create a bespoke public art feature to be located on a new area of public open space, to give a focus to the public open space that will provide interest for drivers, pedestrians, dog walkers and cyclists who enter and move through the new development.
  • Contribute to an active community space that meets the needs of the residents, supports social interaction and increases the positive usage of the area.
  • Celebrate the local heritage and culture of the surrounding area.
  • Contribute to a distinctive and unique identity for the new development.
  • Fulfil the developer’s obligation for public art on the site in line with the Eastleigh Borough Council Public Art strategy 2015-2019 and discharge the public art requirements.

Background to the project:

Woodside Avenue is a site being developed by Woodside Avenue Developments LLP – a joint venture between Eastleigh Borough Council and Vivid Housing Limited. The site, formerly used as an allotment site and a waste recycling centre, will provide 94 new homes along with highways improvements, new access road, an area of public open space and a Local Equipped Area of Play (LEAP) designed for children up to eight years’ old. An area of the site has been retained to provide allotments available to the local community, and has an active allotments association.

Role of the artist:

The project is looking to appoint an artist / craftsperson to design, fabricate, deliver and install an artwork on the site.

They will be responsible for:

  • Working with a steering group (including Eastleigh Borough Council, Vivid Housing Limited and local community representatives) to develop the design.
  • Developing a community engagement programme to ensure that the opportunities to engage with local residents and other active community groups are optimised.
  • Developing the design and fabricate (or manage the fabrication), deliver and install the public art.
  • Provide a photographic record of the project that can be fed back to the Public Arts Officer for the local media.

The public art must be of sound construction, (verified by an independent structural engineer), requiring little or no maintenance and must meet health and safety regulations required for public spaces. A costed maintenance schedule must also be provided.

Artists’ Fee:

  • A budget of £30,000 (including VAT) is available for this commission. The budget is to cover all fees (including planning application fees) community workshops, materials, fabrication, delivery, installation, consultant fees and expenses.
  • The artist must have appropriate public liability insurance and provide all risk assessments and health and safety documentation for the project.

How to apply

Expressions of interest should be submitted via email to John Crapper at with the subject line ‘Public Art Application’ and should include:

  • A current CV.
  • Five examples of previous relevant projects including client details and images.
  • A short statement about your interest in the project and how your experience is relevant (not more than 500 words).

Deadline for Expressions of interest is 12noon Thursday, 29 March 2018


For a more detailed brief, download Woodside Ave Public Artist Brief 2018





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