Waymarker artist's brief

Application information

1. Overview

Since 1995, the landscape around Kielder Water & Forest Park (KW&FP) has become home to a unique collection of visual art and architecture that responds to the scale and complexity of its unique environment and the area's varied and fascinating history. During that time, over 60 projects, events or proposals have been commissioned, with 28 pieces currently available to visit, set within an area of approximately 16 square miles. These works are accessible to all visitors and are located at visitor centres, along the Lakeside Way multi-user track, and at sites within the forest.

Kielder Art & Architecture (KA&A) is the commissioning programme of the Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust (KW&FPDT), a trust that represents the collective interests of its membership organisations, all of which have a vested interest in the development and management of the Park.

KW&FPDT members are: Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder, Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland County Council and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.

2. Context

The Lakeside Way (LW) is a key visitor amenity at KW&FP. A 26-mile multi-user track, the LW circumnavigates Kielder Water linking together visitor centres, car parking facilities, and other features of the landscape including the dam, sailing and water-skiing clubs, and the old roads and railway line that pre-dates the creation of the lake. A number of key art and architectural works are also sited adjacent to the track, including SIMPARCH’s Silvas Capitalis, Studio Weave’s Freya & Robin, Chris Drury’s Wave Chamber, and sixteen*(makers) 55-02.

3. The commission

The commission will result in a new permanent artwork on the Lakeside Way multi-user track at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland creating a new ‘way-marker’, offering visual impact and orientation to visitors at a key location on this unique 26-mile cycling and walking route.

We are looking to create a high-quality work that: draws its inspiration from Kielder in the broadest sense e.g. geography, history, industry, community, flora, fauna, weather etc.; creates a talking point for visitors; provides walkers and cyclists with information such as distances to nearby facilities; is durable enough to survive with minimal maintenance for a period of 10 years and; and is possible to be realised within the available budget. Seating and/or shelter may also form part of the design.

4. Selection process

A selection panel drawn from KW&FPDT members and Kielder Curator Peter Sharpe will shortlist and select the chosen artist from the expressions of interest received.

5. Realisation

The project will be delivered by KA&A working closely with Trust members’ staff. Curator Peter Sharpe is the main contact for all KA&A projects and will provide on-going curatorial support to the chosen artist during the development and delivery of the commission. The timescale for delivery is subject a funding application to ACE, which is currently being submitted.

6. Selection process

Artists interested in being considered for the project should send in an initial Expression of Interest (EOI). See below 10. 'What to do next’ for details.

The selection panel will choose 3 artists to develop their ideas to a more detailed proposal and will pay each artist a fee of £750 to do so. During this stage artists will have an opportunity to visit the site and meet the curator and other staff who will be able to provide more information about the park and the project. Expenses (up to a maximum of £150 per artist) will be available to support this visit.

Shortlisted artists' interviews, also available via Skype, will take place in Horsley, (postcode NE15 0PA) following 23rd April and we expect the selected artist will be under contract by June 2018, subject to a funding decision from ACE.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

- The quality of the proposed project and how it relates to the broader context of KW&FP

- The durability of the realised project with minimal maintenance expected for 10 years.

- That the project is realisable within the stated budget. See below 8. Budget.

We are open to the use of any media so long as it can be shown that the above criteria can be met.

7. Equality and diversity

KWFPDT recognises and values people’s differences and will assist them to use their talents to reach their full potential. The Trust will do all it can to ensure it recruits, trains and promotes people based on qualifications, experience and abilities for all roles within the organisation.

Despite the rural and remote nature of the area, KW&FPDT works closely with the Calvert Trust Kielder, an organisation that enables people of all abilities to actively engage with the landscape, and we can draw on their experience and wherewithal to assist artists requiring specialist support.

8. Budget

The project has an overall budget of £14,000.

This covers all fees including artist’s fees and specialist support, e.g. structural engineering, fabrication, transportation to site and installation, including foundations.

Shortlisted artists will be expected to provide a detailed delivery budget prior to interview.

9. Timeline
Deadline for EOI                       Mon 26th February
Shortlisted artists notified         by Mon 5th March
Shortlisted artists Kielder visit  18th March (TBC)
Artists’ proposal deadline         Mon 23rd April
Interviews                                 W/c 30th April (TBC)
Delivery of project                    June 2018 onwards

10. What to do next

For any further information contact Peter Sharpe on peter.w.sharpe@btinternet.com

Expressions of interest should include:

1. A clear statement about your practice and why you are interested in responding to Kielder Water & Forest Park. 200 words max

2. Initial thoughts about how you might approach the project. 2 sides A4 max

3.  A summary CV. 2 sides A4 max

4. Up to 5 images of your work as individual PDFs.

N.B. Do not send a series of images as a single PDF.

5. Image information list - title, date, media etc.


Expressions of interest should be sent to:

peter.w.sharpe@btinternet.com by 12.00 noon, Monday 26 February 2018

Please note that late responses will not be considered

11. Further information

Further information about Kielder Water & Forest Park and Kielder Art & Architecture can be found at www.visitkielder.com and www.kielderartandarchitecture.com

A site map and additional visual information relating to the Waymarker project can be accessed here.

Note that all existing signage visible on this site is expected to be removed prior to the project commencing.