Laois County Council is commissioning a permanent public art / sculpture under the Per Cent for Art scheme for the new Cultural Quarter in the centre of Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

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Portlaoise was unveiled as one of the successful Towns to be allocated funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), as part of Project Ireland 2040 in respect of the development of a new Cultural Quarter in Portlaoise, and also the development of initiatives which will see Portlaoise becoming the first Low Carbon town in Ireland.

The Cultural Quarter focuses on a number of land mark buildings relating to the establishment of the town in the 16th century. These land mark buildings include the Fort Protector, Old St. Peters Church and Presentation Convent, The River Triogue; and the Ridge Burial Ground.

Various approaches and levels of public engagement are both important and welcomed as part of this Per Cent for Art project. Collaborative partnerships are also welcome, should artists wish to partner with another artist for this project.

Artists are invited to express their interest in being considered for this project at the first stage of this commission. Artists may do this by completing the application form and submission of a CV and images / details of recent relevant works / projects.

The closing date for receipt of Stage 1 completed application form together with supporting documentation and material is 12 noon, Friday 9th August, 2019.

It is anticipated that the project would commence during 2019 and be completed by summer, 2020.

The total budget for the project is €52,000. This includes the costs of any materials, artist’s fees, design development, artists’ insurance, supply and installation, plinths or other siting requirements, signage, travel, and any other costs incurred in the production of the project / artwork.

Applicants can make enquiries regarding the commission to Rina Whyte,  email or by telephone + 353 87 238 9591.

For more information and Application Form click here  Artist Brief – CULTURAL QUARTER




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