Artist Call - to create mural / artworks on George Street

Last edited by fusionarts on 26 August 2020
Salary / Fee: 
£2500-3000 (dependent on experience and costs)
Closing Date: 
Friday, 28 August, 2020


This is a great opportunity to showcase your work/idea in pride of place in Oxford’s city centre. This work will be part of a temporary backdrop to the exciting semi-pedestrianisation of Oxford’s George Street where outside tables and chairs will be installed


This commission project aims to: Create a ‘wow factor’ on George Street; the work has to complement the space and celebrate the communities
Spread the “Stay safe” message and could engage people living in diverse communities inside and outside of the city centre to feel they have a role to play in keeping others safe tell stories relevant to Oxford (e.g. relating to Oxford’s people, retail, literature, history, twin cities, diverse cultures, architecture, landscape, environment, sustainability etc.) enable people to share and develop their creativity, create a legacy for any additional participants or organisations/groups.


The commission is subject to a budget of £2500-3000 (dependent on experience and costs). This budget must accommodate all of the costs e.g. any artist fees (including design), materials, any other project cost.


Deadline for expression of interest: By 11:59 on Friday 28th August 2020 by email to and

Appointment made: It is expected that the appointment will be made on 31st August 2020.
Start date: As soon as is feasible for the chosen project to be successful.
Please state your availability and intended delivery.


Following the success of previous installations, Oxford City Council and partner Fusion Arts wish to bring artist/s together with members of Oxford’s diverse communities to create more stunning artworks to spread the “Stay safe” message.

We wish to commission artist/s to create outstanding artworks which will be temporarily displayed to encourage people to follow government guidelines to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus; i.e. social distancing, hand washing etc.

The commissions ideally celebrate Community, Oxford and Sustainability; possibly highlighting walking and cycling, but not car use.

Installation: temporary boarding covering 1-3 George Street, a former retail unit and access to dentists.
The hoarding is roughly 2.23m x 3.56m & 2.23m x 5.6m.


Expressions of interest should be made via email (By 11:59 on Friday 28th August 2020) /
Please send us your idea as well as links to websites and relevant attachments – e.g. photos, CV/Biogs – may be included.

PLEASE NOTE that the application can be as short as you need and in whatever form you see fit.
Send us:
- Your vision and creative idea/s for the commission.
- Proof of the quality of work/practice for everyone involved (photos, links to websites, testimonials, feedback etc.)
- How you will minimise the project’s impact on the environment (travel and materials)
- A draft budget including any costs e.g. artist fees, design fees, materials

This call is open to artists who create exceptional quality work with a strong community focus and message.
- We are especially excited to receive submissions from local artists, those with protected characteristics and artists of the global majority.
- We are looking forward to hearing about any ideas which meet the commission aims.
- We are also happy to help individuals with any access needs – to assist in making applications through other methods and creating the artworks.

FOR MORE DETAILS: View the online document >>

The Regeneration Manager will be the key Oxford City Council contact for this project and will approve the finalised project details, plan, designs etc.
If you have any questions, need assistance with your application and/or wish to apply: /

Contact Details: 

Fusion Arts
East Oxford Community Centre
44B Princes Street

T: 01865 245735 /

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