The Cultural Spring is seeking to commission an artist, arts organisation or creative organisation to support the creation of new signage relating to ward-based environmental issues in the West Area of Sunderland (Barnes, Pallion, Sandhill, Silksworth, St. Anne’s and St. Chad’s). This must be done in consultation with local residents from each of the six wards.
1. The Commission
We are looking to offer one artist, arts organisation or creative agency the opportunity to work with the six West Area wards (Pallion; St Chad’s; St Anne’s; Sandhill; Silksworth and Barnes) and who would like to develop exceptional new ideas for arts led community engagement. There are nine new signs to be created in total which will be permanently located within communities. Please see Appendix One which highlights some key messages that the signs need to include, otherwise they are open to how they are depicted and interpreted.
We have a total allocation of £4,500 towards this and expect this to support the development and creation of nine new signs. We would expect a minimum of 50% of the budget requested to be spent on engagement / creative consultation with the community. This fee includes:
- Working with local residents and West VCS organisations in each of the six ward areas to develop ideas for the signs ( a minimum of six days allocated)
- Development of these ideas into final designs, this element must include the creation of at least two concepts for each place and the opportunity to gather residents feedback on what has been produced, to inform the final signs. (a minimum of 9 days allocated)
- Any painting and repair of existing signage to ensure it looks in keeping with the sign produced (a minimum of 3 days allocated)
- Materials and installation for signage will be covered in another budget held by The Cultural Spring. This will be developed in partnership with the appointed artist/organisation
A coordinated visit to the sites of the signage will take place on Wednesday 21 November 2018, from 12pm – 3pm, please contact us on 0191 427 8197 or email Georgia.Shippen@theculturalspring.org.uk to confirm your attendance at this briefing event. If you are unable to make this date and time we can give you a map of locations and existing images and measurements for the signage sites.
Through this commission, we hope to achieve
- A high quality, ambitious art project with strong artistic integrity
- A project with a strong connection to our communities; responding to stories, everyday realities, places, people, histories, hopes and ambitions
- Innovative approaches to building relationships and engaging with communities
- New opportunities for community members to get involved, participate and learn through doing art work that creates a high level of local excitement and pride, as well as attracting attention from beyond the area
- Monday 12 November 2018 – Commission launched
- Wednesday 21 November 2018, 12noon- 3pm briefing session for artists and organisations interested in the project
- Monday 3 December 2018, 10am – Deadline for submissions (please send electronically to Georgia.Shippen@theculturalspring.org.uk
- Monday 10 December 2018 – Shortlisted artists invited for an interview with commissioning partners (Sunderland Council and The Cultural Spring) & community arts champions (representatives from the wards).
To apply please send the following in a single PDF document to
Georgia.Shippen@theculturalspring.org.uk including reference: Cultural Spring West Area Signage project in your email title:
- Please describe your idea and approach to this project (max 500 words)
- Please give a brief biography (max 200 words) of your work and for any key organisations and/or artists involved in your bid
- Please describe your approach to building partnerships and developing engagement with the local communities in the six West Area wards to realise this proposal with final artwork installed by March 2019 (max 500 words)
- Please attach a proposed timeline (contact days/workshops with the communities, development of artwork and production of signage)
- Please attach a budget breakdown for your approach to this project
Through the application process we will assess the following –
- Quality and ambition of the artistic approach
- Artistic track record of the company and or individual
- Quality of approach to building partnerships and developing engagement with the local communities
- Feasibility and deliverability
- Value for money
Only shortlisted projects will be invited to interview.
6. Contact details
For further information, or to discuss a potential proposal, please contact The Cultural Spring on
0191 427 8197 or Michael.Barrass@theculturalspring.org.uk
Details on the signage requirements are below:
|Ward||Signage Content Type||Exact Location||Sign Dimensions|
|1||St Anne’s||Welcome to Claxheugh Rock and Ford Limestone Quarry
Please take your litter home – enjoy your visit.
SSSI (logo) Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) notified under Section28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, as amended.
|See Photo – utilising framework next to entrance area||Sign would need be 100 height and 200 width
Overall space is 118cm height and 210 width
The sign framework also needs remedial work
|2||St Anne’s||Please keep Sunderland Clean and Tidy – please take your litter home.
|Portsmouth Road||Width 235cm and 120cm height. Poles are 185cm apart|
|3||St Anne’s||Please keep Sunderland Clean and Tidy – please take your litter home.
|Havelock||Shopping parade- same size as Pallion traders|
|4||Silksworth||Welcome to SilksworthPlease keep Sunderland Clean and Tidy – please take your litter home.
|Roundabout leading from Sainsburysand Newport Dene||To be measured – new infrastructure required as no sign there currently|
|5 and 6||Pallion x 2||Please keep Sunderland Clean and Tidy – please take your litter home.
|Locations to be agreed linked to local intelligence in relation to litter||To be measured – new infrastructure required as no sign currently in place|
|7||Barnes||Please keep Sunderland Clean and Tidy – please take your litter home.
|Location to be agreed linked to local intelligence in relation to litter||To be measured – new infrastructure required as no sign currently in place – preferably the area would be around Eden Vale|
|8||Sandhill||Please keep Sunderland Clean and Tidy – please take your litter home.
|Farringdon SRB signage – same size as St Anne’s at Havelock|
|9||St Chad’s||Please keep Sunderland Clean and Tidy – please take your litter home
|Location to be agreed linked to local intelligence in relation to litter||To be measured – new infrastructure required as no sign currently in place|