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Call for proposals: N11 Rathnew to Arklow Road Improvement Scheme

Wicklow County Council invites artists to submit a proposal for this two stage site specific commission process.

Artists are invited to consider all supplementary information, historical, archaeological and visual landscape in the preparation of their submission.

Wicklow County Council is seeking a specific response to the locations indicated along this new stretch of roadway running from Rathnew to Arklow. This means that artists in developing their creative ideas, should take cognizance of the scale of the work proposed and the surroundings; the potential visual impact for the mobile viewer as well as durability and maintenance. Artists should clearly indicate the proposed scale of their work and whether it is intended for a specific site.

A site visit will be arranged for short listed applicants in September.

Please include with your submission supporting visual and written documentation indicating the scale of the work in relief to the surroundings. Further information on all submission requirements are below.

If your proposal requires extensive site preparation and illumination provide outline details at stage 1. This will be further evaluated at Stage 2. Please note that proposals in bronze, brass or wood will not be considered. This is for security.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic merit and uniqueness of proposal
  • Response to geographic, social and cultural context
  • Meaningful response to location and community
  • Ability to realise the commission
  • Experience of working in a community context


Stage 1 deadline: 28th August 2015 at 12noon
Stage 2 deadline: 30th October 2015 at 12noon


Wicklow County Council will offer the successful artist/ writer a contract. Payments will be made in instalments as per contract. Due regard for the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 and any other statutory issues will apply.

Please note all submissions MUST clearly be marked TENDER: N11 Sculpture Commission

Please send application form and requested Material to: The Arts Office, Wicklow County Council, Wicklow County Buildings, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow