Council is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from artists to make a new site-specific work for exhibition on an historic plinth in Edinburgh Gardens.
A large and popular park located in North Fitzroy, Edinburgh Gardens is bounded by Brunswick Street and St Georges Road to the west, Alfred Crescent to the north and east, and Freeman Street to the south. The park was created from a grant of land in March 1862 by Queen Victoria.
A large, empty plinth stands in the centre of a circular garden bed in the gardens. The centrepiece of the park, it was erected in 1901, and was originally the base for a wooden statue of Queen Victoria which only stood watch over the gardens for a very short while before going missing. The statue was never replaced and the plinth has stood strangely bare in the park for over a century.
Throughout 2013 and 2014 the plinth was adorned again, this time with a series of artworks by contemporary artists and curated by Plinth Projects. In 2015, a pop-up artwork was mounted on the pedestal as part of Globelight’s Garden of Light for New Year’s Eve. Council wants to activate the plinth and is currently supporting A Fall from Grace II by Adam Stone.
We are seeking Expressions of Interest from artists to create a new work for this site that will be exhibited on the Plinth for 18 months from 2017 to 2019.
To be eligible, artists must currently live, study or practice in Victoria.
This is an opportunity to create a unique artistic statement in a busy, inner city park. Artists should be mindful of the key audience for Edinburgh Gardens that includes users of the community oval, local residents, pedestrians, nearby business patrons, commuters and national and international visitors to the area.
Edinburgh Gardens, located in the heart of North Fitzroy, is approximately 24 hectares in size. The park has a number of facilities, including barbeques, tennis courts, a basketball court, playground, table-tennis table and sports fields.
Edinburgh Gardens is the former home of Fitzroy Football Club. Games were played from 1883 on the sportsground now known as W.T Peterson Community Oval. The grandstand surrounding the oval dates back to the late-19th century. Other historical features include a stone drinking fountain, period park light fittings, a rotunda and a war memorial.
The artwork must be created to withstand harsh outdoor weather conditions for a minimum of two years.
The commissioned artwork will be exhibited on the Plinth in Edinburgh Gardens for 18 months, from October 2017 to April 2019.
The artist will retain ownership of the work and it will be returned after the exhibition period.
The selected artist will receive a fee of $10,000 (excluding GST). This fee is inclusive of all costs involved with the creation of the work, including:
- Artist fee (and any assistant’s fee);
- Subcontractors fees if required;
- Engineering and certification;
- All materials and fixings;
- Paint and finishings;
- Fabrication costs;
- Technical costs;
- Installation costs;
- All transport and travel costs, including overseeing the artwork installation;
- Machinery costs;
- Public liability, product and transit insurance; and
- Public safety, access and use of the site should be considered when developing the concept for the artwork;
- The surfaces created should not be hazardous to people using the site; and
- The artwork will be publicly accessible and should be designed to withstand contact by people, acts of vandalism, graffiti and ongoing external weather conditions.
Heritage Plinth Constraints
The plinth is a heritage item and cannot be altered or damaged in any way. We have installed a concrete cap on top of the Plinth. The cap has been designed by an engineer so that artwork can be attached securely onto this base without needing to attach in any way to the plinth itself.
- The existing plinth and surrounding gardens should be protected from damage at all times;
- No form work or temporary fixings can be attached to the existing plinth;
- The existing plinth is subject to heritage protection and approvals; and
- City of Yarra is to approve any works prior to commencement.
- Maximum weight of the artwork is 150kg;
- Artworks must be not exceed 200 x 150cm or 150 x 200cm as per the following diagram:
- The site will be accessed by a diverse range of people and this should be taken into consideration when developing the work; and
- Artists are responsible for obtaining any relevant copyright permission for use of materials in their work.
Duty of Care
As the artwork will be located in an unsupervised public place, the artist must exercise a Duty of Care in the design of the artwork. The artist must address Public Risk considerations, such as, but not limited to:
- Ensuring that the artwork conforms to Australian Standards as appropriate;
- Ensuring there are no dangerous protrusions which might cause injury;
- Ensuring there are no entrapment issues; and
- Providing structural engineering certification during the design development phase of the project.
The material selection is not only important from a longevity and maintenance perspective but also for public safety. Please consider all of these points in selecting the materials used for all aspects of the proposed work.
Maintenance for the required display period must be considered when developing the concepts, designs and details of the artwork. Maintenance procedures will need to be prepared by the artist should the proposal be commissioned. Consideration should be given to minimising maintenance work and, as far as possible, to discouraging graffiti through the selection of appropriate materials and surface treatments.
Proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:
- High quality and artistic merit;
- Innovative and engaging;
- Accessible to a diverse audience;
- Works that demonstrate suitability to the structure of the plinth; and
- Responsive to the site and the surrounding park area.
What to Submit
- Completed online EOI form;
- A concise written statement outlining the visual and conceptual aspects of the proposed work, including relevance to the program/site;
- Images or drawings of the proposed artwork and information about the materials to be used in one document; and
- Two page maximum CV – including any relevant links such as your website.
When to Submit
Submissions must be received by Monday 15 May at 9am.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission within four weeks.
How to Submit
Please submit via the form here.
For Further Information
Karra Rees, Public Arts Officer
phone: 03 9205 5404 email: Karra.Rees@yarracity.vic.gov.au
Emily Jones, Visual Arts Officer
phone: 03 9205 5029 email: Emily.Jones@yarracity.vic.gov.au
Image: Installation view, Annie Wu for Plinth Projects, November 2013