Belfast City Cemetery – Community Art Project – Call-out for expressions of interest – closing 27 Oct

Introduction

Belfast City Council is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced visual artists to engage with up to six groups of young people (through schools and youth groups) to produce a series of artworks based on the rich history and heritage of Belfast City Cemetery. The artwork will be displayed on the site hoarding which will be erected at the City Cemetery during the construction of the new visitor centre.

Background

Opened in 1859, Belfast City Cemetery is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the city. It is the final resting place of many notable figures including Edward Harland, co-founder of Harland & Wolff; Margaret Byers, suffragist and founder of Victoria College; and Sir William Pirrie, chairman of Harland & Wolff in the Titanic era and former Lord Mayor of Belfast.

The site also contains many points of historical interest, including the poor ground where over 80,000 souls lie in unmarked graves and an underground wall, which was built in Victorian times to separate Protestant and Catholic graves. The City Cemetery also boasts a number of valuable heritage assets including the central steps, Victorian fountain and Jewish Cemetery.

In 2019 the Belfast City Council with the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund embarked upon a major regeneration of City Cemetery. The project will involve the restoration of the listed assets, the construction of a new visitor centre and the delivery of a new programme of public engagement activity aimed at making the history and heritage of the cemetery open and accessible to everyone.

More Information about the Belfast City Cemetery Heritage Project can be found here: www.belfastcity.gov.uk/citycemeteryheritage

Belfast City Cemetery Community Art Project

The Belfast City Council is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced visual artists to facilitate the creation of a series of art pieces by six groups of young people, inspired by the rich history, heritage and biodiversity of Belfast City Cemetery

The artist will work with the young people in either school or community settings to support the participants to devise and create their own art pieces inspired by the Cemetery. The pieces will then be displayed, either directly or through reproduction, on the hoarding panels which will be used to enclose the construction site for the new City Cemetery Visitor Centre.

Specific Contract Terms

  1. The artist/facilitator will work with up to six groups of young people.
  2. The participating groups will be identified by Belfast City Council (the Council) through the City Cemetery Engagement Officer.
  3. The artist/facilitator will work with the groups in their school or community setting.
  4. The artist/facilitator will be responsible for delivering six one hour sessions with each group.
  5. One of the sessions will involve a site visit to the Cemetery and a guided tour of the site. The tour will be arranged by the Engagement Officer. (Please note all site visits will be managed in line with current Covid-19 guidance)
  6. Following the site visit the artist/facilitator will work with the young people participants to devise and create their artwork.
  7. The theme of each piece will be agreed by all parties (The Council, artist/facilitator and the groups) following the site visit and tour.
  8. The artist/facilitator will be responsible for working with the groups and overseeing all aspects of production of the art works. Reasonable costs for materials will be met by the Council.
  9. The cost of transferring the art works to a format suitable for display on the hoarding panels will be met by the Council and is not included in this tender.
  10. The finished art pieces will be the sole property of the Council who will have the exclusive right to use the material as they see fit.

Budget

A maximum budget of £2760 is available to cover the cost of the artist/facilitators work:

The budget is compiled as follows:

  • Artist/Facilitators Hourly Rate = £30 per hour
  • 6 x 1 hour sessions per group = £180
  • 6 hours preparation time per group = £180
  • Total Artist Fees per group = £360
  • 6 groups x £360 = £2160
  • £100 material per group = £600
  • Total Budget = £2760

Submissions

Artist/facilitators wishing to be considered must submit the following:

  1. A short biography.
  2. A CV.
  3. Details of previous similar projects undertaken with visual supporting material.
  4. A brief project outline describing how the artist would go about delivering the project (no more than one A4 page in 12 point font).
  5. Capacity to offer added value.

Assessment

Submissions will be assessed on the basis of criteria outlined above with each criteria carrying equal weight. Each section will be marked out of 5 and therefore the total marks available will be 25. The following table shows the scoring criteria that will be applied:

Scoring Matrix:

Assessment Score Interpretation

  • Excellent 5 The response was considered comprehensive and contained an excellent level of detail (covering all the elements stated above in detail). No material omissions and/or weaknesses identified.
  • Very Good 4 The response contained a very good level of detail, (covering all of the elements stated above). Only minor omissions and/or weaknesses identified.
  • Good 3 The response contained a good level of detail, (covering most of the elements stated above). A limited number of omissions and/or weaknesses have been identified.
  • Satisfactory 2 The response contained an adequate level of detail (covering most of the elements stated above). Several material omissions and/or weaknesses have been identified.
  • Poor 1 The response was considered poor, only contained a poor level of detail and in the most part failed to consider all the elements stated above. Major omissions and/or weaknesses have been identified.
  • Nil Response/ Very Poor 0 No response or Applicant failed to address the question.

Return Date

Submissions must be returned by 12 noon on Tuesday 27th October 2020 to:

Anthony Rogan, Project Engagement Officer – rogana@belfastcity.gov.uk

Deadline for receipt of submissions is: 12 noon on Tuesday 27th October 2020

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