Expressions of Interest for Chilwell Library Public Art Commission

We are seeking to commission a suitably qualified and experienced artist or creative team to develop a public artwork which will be considered a significant cultural asset for the redevelopment of Chilwell Library in Newtown.

The budget for the commission is up to $25,000 + GST.

Overview

The Chilwell Library redevelopment will increase the current space within the library facility adding internal and external public meeting places. A large deck area will be situated at the rear of the building, overlooking the existing adjacent parklands. The public artwork will be situated at an optimum location at the entrance to the building.

Feedback from community has demonstrated enthusiasm for the public artwork to integrate with the library building development, as a subtle and sophisticated work. The Chilwell Library Public Art Commission aims to exemplify the vision for public art as expressed in the City of Greater Geelong’s Public Art Strategy and give consideration to the unique qualities of the site, place and culture of the region.

The artwork/s would be thoughtfully integrated within the overall development, in a prominent location near the entrance to the library, bringing further expression and feeling to the redeveloped library facility.

Context

Artists are invited to consider the following context as a part of preparing their responses.

  • The Chilwell Library is located nearby the Barwon River. “Parwon”, the traditional name for this river, is the Wadawurrung word for Magpie.
  • Newtown and Chilwell are rich in residential and industrial history. From 1839, industries such as tanneries, wool scours and soap works were developed on Chilwell’s river frontages.
  • Submissions may be for a stand-alone 3D work/s; work/s integrated within the building, design and materials; or a combination of both.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to submit proposals.

Site details

The library site is located on Russell Street in Newtown, and is a feature of the Pakington Street precinct, a popular dining and retail area. The site proposed for the artwork/s faces north-west and is situated in the green space and on the featured brick wall in a prominent location at the entrance to the library, providing an engaging location for a contemporary public artwork. Connection to the adjacent parkland is a key principle for the building design and public art expression.

Power and water will be available on site and artworks relying upon these amenities will be considered, with respect to the project budget and ongoing maintenance requirements.

Project timeline and key milestones

Milestones Date
Commencement of expression of interest25 May 2022
EOI submissions due (stage 1)9am, 27 June 2022
Shortlisted artists selected & notified15 July 2022
Shortlisted artists to attend site meetingBy negotiation
Detailed submissions due (stage 2)9am, 22 August 2022
Successful artist commissioned2 September 2022
Construction to commenceTo be negotiated with successful artist
Construction completePractical completion of Chilwell

Library is expected in June 2023

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