Holocaust Memorial Public Art Commission – closing 12 Dec

Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design and produce a Public Art work to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps.

The Executive Office (TEO) is calling for expressions of interest for a new public artwork from experienced and suitably qualified artists. The total budget available for the artwork is £25,000 (including shortlisting fees).


Stage 1: The purpose of Stage 1 is to invite Expression of Interest applications with outline concepts from artists. A selected and qualified panel will short-list artists to work up detailed design proposals. The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest and outline concepts will be strictly 12:00 noon on Thursday 12 December 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Stage 2: The Selection Panel will short-list a maximum of 4 artists who will be invited to work up detailed design proposals for presentation. Artists short-listed for Stage 2 will be notified week commencing 16 December and forwarded the second stage assessment criteria and a sample contract.  Detailed designs will be presented by artists in person to the Selection Panel group on 14 January 2020. The successful artist will have 10 weeks to produce the final artwork. The artist will be required to present the final piece to the Selection Panel on 26 March 2020. It is proposed that the artwork will be formally launched by a Holocaust Survivor on 15 April 2020, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. 


Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is an annual commemoration that takes place on 27 January each year, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945.

75th Anniversary

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of all the Nazi Concentration Camps by Allied forces, Auschwitz-Birkenau being liberated by Soviet Forces on 27 January 1945 and Bergen-Belsen being liberated by British Forces on 15 April 1945. 

2020 will be a particularly poignant year as it may be the last significant anniversary where survivors and liberators are likely to be present.


Artists are invited to submit proposals that align with the theme for the project, ‘Stand Together’, which is sensitive to those affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The project will be carefully managed by the artist who will ensure that respect and non-offence is central in the creation of this art piece given the sensitive subject matter of the Holocaust.


Commissioning Public Art does not mean merely providing the public with the most obvious and fixed solution, for this would prohibit the possibility of truly innovative art. It involves a process of dialogue and expanding horizons

An effective public art work demands enduring quality, creativity and professionalism. High standards in concept, design and fabrication are required.

It has been proposed by the Northern Ireland Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Stakeholder Group that a bespoke artwork be commissioned by The Executive Office in order to mark this significant anniversary.

It is important to note the artwork must be portable and capable of being moved between locations and can therefore be used for engagement with children, young people and the wider public during the Holocaust Memorial Day Education Programme in the future.

The artwork can be made in any media including, but not exclusive to, painting, sculpture-glass/ ceramics/bronze, textiles, film, photography, installation. The artwork can be one significant piece or multiple pieces making up a series of artworks.

The brief does not specify the materials to be used, but the artwork is intended to be long lasting and of high quality.  Therefore it should be made of high quality, durable materials which require minimum maintenance and will withstand touring between locations.

For further background information you may wish to visit the following Web links to previous events that have been filmed. The three links are for 2019, 2018 and 2017.

The 2019 film is 1 hour and 19 minutes long but contains the shorter film of the schools engagement within at 29 minutes 19 seconds.




To apply

Download the full details of the commission and application form below.

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration – Public Art Commission Final (docx)

Application Form (docx)

The deadline for expressions of interest is: 12:00 noon on Thursday 12 December 2019.

artist forms link
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