Invitation to Tender: Per Cent for Art commission – Merlin College – closing 18 Jan

Merlin College (Doughiska, Galway) invite visual artists in the commission of new artwork/s to be funded under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. Interest is invited from individuals and collectives working in display visual fine art.

Briefing for Artists

The budget is €51,000, this is to cover artist’s fees, design, supply and installation of art works inclusive of all associated costs including VAT.

Project Overview

The Board of Management of Merlin College wishes to commission public artwork(s) under the Per Cent for Art Scheme, funded by the Department of Education and Skills.


Coláiste Mhuirlinne/Merlin College was established in August 2013 as a new second level school in Galway city under the patronage of GRETB. The school began as a green field school in August 2013 serving the multi-cultural community of Doughiska, a growing suburb in the east of Galway city. In 2014, the staff and students moved into a state of the art school building and there are now over 600 students in the school.

In 2002 Doughiska had a population of 200 people, it now has nearly 9,000 residents. This rapid development stemmed mainly from an influx of foreign nationals who came to Galway looking for work opportunities during the Celtic Tiger era. Although the recession hit Galway in 2008 the population has remained somewhat settled as many families do not want to uproot their children from school and their friends. However, there is a constant flow of people and families coming to and from, year on year, and the school at times can seem somewhat transient.

According to a recent NUIG study, Doughiska is the most diverse, multi-cultural places in Ireland. This is reflected in our student body with students from many different countries and with over 41 different languages. This vibrant, multi-cultural school community is reflected in our school motto: “At Merlin College nobody is different because everyone is different”. At Merlin College, we celebrate the joyful, artistic and positive influences of this diversity.

The school has a wide and varied curriculum covering all subject areas and a multitude of sporting and other co-and extra-curricular activities. All of which can be seen on the school’s social media platforms and on the schools website:, in addition the school’s prospectus on the website perfectly illustrates school life at Merlin College.

Merlin College is a mixed, multidenominational school. The school’s ethos is captured in the words in our school crest: Achieve, Create, Become. Merlin’s College’s mission statement is to “foster an environment of respect, integrity and positive learning in a safe and enjoyable setting”.

The Commission

  • The commission is open to Visual Artists only and may comprise a single piece of art from one artist or multiple pieces from one artist or a number of artists.
  • The artwork/s must reflect the ethos of the school, the diverse school community and be cognisant of the school’s location and setting
  • The commission must include a meaningful contribution and participation from the students in our school. The successful candidate/s must be available to work with our student council during school time.
  • The Board of Management may decide after the initial Stage One to split the funding across a few suitable projects. This should be considered when tendering also.
  • Artwork is to be completed during the school year 2020/2021, or if an ongoing the project may be extended over a longer period subject to agreement between artist and school board of management.

To apply

For more information and to the Merlin College website and download the full brief and application form.

Per Cent for Art Commission

Deadline (Stage 1): Monday 18th January 2021


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