Open Call – Art Commission Summer 2017
The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre wish to appoint an artist or designer to create a permanent piece of public art on its external wall on Somerset Square to commemorate the 40th Anniversary Year of the venue.
The Brewhouse is a multipurpose venue with 352 seat auditorium, studio theatre, meetings rooms, workshop spaces, gallery, café/bar and outdoor area, located on the River Tone. The Brewhouse programmes a range of high quality live performances, cinema, exhibitions and participation activities. The arts centre also presents local community theatre companies and school productions, as well as hosting external conferences and meetings.
The community have played an instrumental part in raising the funds to build the venue 40 years ago, and more recently united to reopen the venue (staging a candle vigil) after the previous management went into administration. Many household names have performed at the venue including Stephen Daldry, David Jason and Emma Thompson. The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre reopened in 2014 operated by Taunton Theatre Association Ltd (a charitable trust). It has experienced significant growth in its first three years of operation attracting in the region of 44,000 visitors per annum. The theatre is run by a small team of professionals assisted by a large team of volunteers.
This project is entitled ‘Inside Out’ as the artwork is intended to celebrate the life and spirit of The Brewhouse. Interested artists and designers are asked to respond to the history of the venue and depict some of the activities that take place inside it. The management team envisage a large-scale mural on the designated site, but are open to alternative ideas which capture the nature of the brief.
The designated site measures approximately 14.10m wide by 8m high. The actual size and scale of the commission will be discussed with shortlisted applicants during the commission process and decided with the appointed artist/designer.
Once completed the art work will be owned by the commissioner and it is the intention for the work to remain in situ for a minimum of one year, with the likelihood (subject to aging condition) a further four years.
The Brewhouse Theatre plan to run some workshops in the community alongside this project and artists/designers applying should state their experience of leading activities if applicable.
The successful artist or designer will be selected through a two-part process.
Stage 1. Open Call for Artists/Designer. Interested parties should submit a PDF up to 8 pages in length containing the following details and information:
- Up to 5 relevant examples from your portfolio indicating date of completion, scale of work, timeline of project and materials used, please include photographs
- Brief biography (max. 500-word count)
- Briefly outline your ideas and design approach (max. 750-word count)
- Briefly describe any community projects/activities they have led (max. 500-word count)
Please send your submission by 21 April 2017 to: Programme@thebrewhouse.net with Art Commission in email Subject Line
We are happy to accept submissions from collectives or collaborative teams, however please note that the artist fee cannot be scaled to reflect multiple team members.
Stage 2. Shortlisted artists will be invited to meet with the artistic management team and local council to visit the side and present their ideas and sketch outline of proposed work and scale.
13 March Open Call Launched
21 April Deadline for Submissions
28 April Shortlisted applicants informed
W/C 15 May Shortlisted candidates visit and presentation
29 May Artist/Designer appointed
Work created/installed 7-25 August (ideally)
The commission is hoped to be completed in August 2017 and will coincide with community workshops and an exhibition inside the building of photographs by Barry Cawston depicting Banksy’s Britain.
Question and Answers
If you have any questions relating to this Open Call please contact Programme@thebrewhouse.net
The commission fee for this project is £3,000 including materials.
There is a further fee of £500 for a 2-day community project/workshops, which ideally will be delivered by the same artist/designer (if appropriate).