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Lead Artist for Community Engagement & Public Art Vision, Eastleigh Borough Council


Job Summary

Eastleigh Borough Council is inviting submissions from Artists, an Artist Collective or a Creative Consultancy to develop and deliver a Public Art Vision for Hedge End, West End and Botley (HEWEB).

Job Description

Eastleigh Borough Council is committed to supporting Public Art as a contributing factor in 'building strong, vibrant and healthy communities' (EBC Public Art Strategy).

This project aims to develop a cohesive vision for public art within the area of Hedge End, West End and Botley (HEWEB), identifying priorities for commissioning artworks over the next five to ten years. By commissioning an Artist, Artist Collective or Creative Consultancy, the Council hopes to benefit from specialist skills in delivering a creative public consultation process; knowledge of successful public art commissioning elsewhere; and expert recommendations for future commissioning. A commission budget of £15,000 is available to the Appointed Artist.

The Council welcomes proposals from across the creative disciplines including interdisciplinary approaches between Artists and collaborators of their choosing.

For full information about the commission opportunity and how to apply please read the Artist's Brief and Draft Artist's Contract on the Council's website.

Job Requirements

The Appointed Artist will be expected to:

  • have a demonstrable track record of delivering Public Art projects or consultation
  • have valid Public Liability Insurance of not less than £2,000,000.00
  • prepare risk assessments, method statements and any other health and safety documentation as required for the project
  • manage Agreements with and payments to any collaborators/sub-contractors
  • manage their own National Insurance contributions and income tax, and supply details such as UTR and NI number or company number and VAT number (if registered) when requested. Sole Traders will be required to complete a Freelance Declaration Form.

The Appointed Artist can be any nationality but must have the legal right to work in the UK.

The Council is committed to equality of opportunity and believes in the benefits that a diverse portfolio can bring. We would encourage all applicants who meet the essential criteria to apply.

Job Responsibilities

The Artist selected to deliver this Commission is responsible for development and delivery of the Vision including community engagement. They will need to manage relationships with any collaborators or sub-contractors and ensure delivery of all work is high quality, within budget and to the agreed timescale. They are expected to attend meetings (mostly online) with the Steering Group and supply regular updates throughout the project to the Project Manager.

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How to Apply

For full information about the commission opportunity and how to apply please read the Artist’s Brief and Draft Artist’s Contract on the Council’s website:

If you are unable to access the Brief or require information in another format please contact Vickie Fear, Public Art Officer (pronouns she/her) by emailing vickie.fear@eastleigh.gov.uk or calling 023 8068 8493.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Midday, Tuesday 14 May 2024.
Late submissions will not be accepted.

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