Open Call, Via Francigena Dover Seafront Sculpture Commission, Kent Downs AONB & North Downs Way National Trail

Description

Kent Downs AONB, North Downs Way and Dover District Council would like to commission an artist/architect to design, create and install a sculpture for Dover seafront, marking the end of the Via Francigena. The site-specific artwork will promote the special characteristics of the VF/ North Downs Way and its pilgrimage heritage as a route for reflection, renewal, and inspiration.

Through the Via Francigena Dover Seafront project, we aim to: 

  • Create an iconic focal point to mark the end of the Via Francigena (VF) in the UK and to attract visits to the VF & North Downs Way in Kent

  • Contribute to an art trail along the North Downs Way National Trail 

  • Improve access to the site for all users, including visitors with disabilities

  • Promote the special characteristics of the VF/ North Downs Way and its pilgrimage heritage as a route for reflection, renewal, and inspiration

  • Engage local resident and businesses through associated activities to provide social and economic benefit of the installations

  • To increase community awareness and local pride in the VF

  • To provide training, engagement and legacy activity to maintain and promote the installation beyond the project timescales 

Each of the installations should adhere to these four overarching criteria:

  1.  Accessibility: Promoting access and engagement to a wide range of users, including those with additional physical, sensory and mental needs.

  2. Genuine Authentic Kentish provenance; rooted in real research, heritage, pilgrimage, and landscape

  3. Contemporary relevance; speaking to the modern world and local communities

  4. World-class artistic quality; ambitious in quality


The artwork should be installed December 2022. The  artist will work within a budget of £10,000. Linked talks and community workshops will have an additional fee up to £1000. (All fees are inclusive of VAT.) 

For further details and to apply please go to:

https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/via-francigena-sculpture-commission--dover/6531

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