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Whitchurch & Hengrove Community Orchard: Open call commission for Summer event 2017

The Whitchurch and Hengrove Community Orchard is a public art project by UK artist David Thorpe. The work is located in Hengrove, South Bristol and was commissioned as part of the Future Perfect public art programme curated by Jes Fernie and Theresa Bergne. Bristol City Council is offering a commission through open call for an artist, artist group or consortium to develop a public project / event for summer 2017 which shall be presented in the public realm in Hengrove, South Bristol.


At this stage we are looking for proposals that respond to the idea of an orchard in the broadest sense, not necessarily for the physical site of the orchard. We are interested in seeing proposals for temporary, event based or ephemeral works that will elicit a strong response from the public, and draw people - particularly young people - in to explore issues prompted by the Community Orchard, and beyond (from ecology and community cohesion, the role of orchards in the South West or across history and visual culture).

The artist’s proposition will be the starting point for the commission. We want to work with an artist who will be excited and embrace this experimental, open, collaborative process without any preconceived idea of the outcome. Whether you are an artist who has never previously produced artwork for a public setting or one who has developed projects before, this opportunity will extend your practice and offer you the opportunity to be part of an established arts programme and work with a talented team.

Commissioner: Bristol City Council
Responsible to: Jane Porter
Contracted to: Bristol City Council
Term: December 2016 - June 2017
Artist Fee: £1500
Production budget: £2500

Deadline: Friday 2 December 2016, 5pm 

Artists may collaborate with other arts organisations in their bid, or seek to work with one post appointment should they wish.

Click here to download the artist brief

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