KINGSGROVE, WANTAGE - OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS
St. Modwen, the master developer of the new 1,500 home settlement at Kingsgrove, is inviting artists of all ages and career stages to apply to respond to a series of Artist Briefs regarding three public art commissions across the project from 2020-2022. The briefs set out particular themes and locations with which the selected artist should engage. The briefs can be viewed as either three distinct separate pieces or a linked set of works. The aim is to allow the selected artist to identify, progress and deliver an appropriate public art response to each brief.
Kingsgrove is a new settlement which is currently under construction between the historic towns of Wantage and Grove. It has been designed in response to the place, sensitively positioned on the urban edge north of Wantage and extends to around 90 hectares (222 acres). A sustainable mix of uses are being delivered, including a primary school, a neighbourhood centre and other supporting uses. Significant areas of public open space are being provided in the form of local parks, playing fields, play areas and extensive areas of new woodland which wrap the northern boundary and provide a new network with access to the wider countryside.
A full overview will be provided to artists that register their initial interest by email to the address below. This will include detailed briefs for the separate art works, criteria, timelines and artist requirements.
NB: Please include – name, address and contact tel. number
Setting: Public Square and Central Park
Theme: Landmark/orientation art work to be located at central public open space / A417 entrance
Indicative value: £45,000
Timescale: Sep 2020
Setting: Community Orchard and Gardens
Theme: Community driven creation of spaces for events and communal activities
Indicative value: £80,000
Setting: Northern Woodland and Parkland
Theme: Shaping new spaces for teenagers and younger children people to gather and for events e.g. skate park, graffiti art, shelters; ‘hang-out’ spaces.
Indicative value: £30,000
The closing date to for the first stage which does not require design proposals will be the end of March and there will be an opportunity to view the extensive Kingsgrove site on Thursday 19 March.
Visit www.kingsgrovewantage.co.uk for more information on the site.