The Ropewalk: Gate commission

By janetuplin |

The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber has put out a call for artists or art organisation to submit a tender to design, fabricate and install a replacement gate and attached fence at the southern end of the promenade which runs along the length of the quarter-mile building.

The new gate will replace the existing wooden gate and attached fencing and The Ropewalk’s managing director Liz Bennet hopes that it will reflect the building’s long association with rope-making and its current use as a regionally acclaimed arts centre.

She explained:  “This commission is the second and final stage of a project which was funded by Arts Council England and LEADER which aims to create a more positive image for the external surroundings of the building.”

“The first stage of re-surfacing the promenade and landscaping the surrounding area was completed in November and now we are looking for an artist who can enhance the work already undertaken with the new gate and fence.”

The total budget for the commission is £9,000 and includes not only the design and fabrication but also delivering the gate and fence to the site and installation.

“Whoever is selected must be available to commence work immediately after selection,” added Liz.  “The choice of materials is not prescriptive but particular attention should be given to safety and maintenance considerations as well as accessibility and resistance to vandalism.”

In addition the project could include three half-day design workshops with the town’s three primary schools.

The deadline for submissions to be received is Friday, January 27 at 5pm and should include a written document of a maximum 500 words, outlining their approach to the brief; and describing their initial ideas for the commission; A copy of their current curriculum vitae highlighting relevant qualifications and experience for a commission of this nature running to no more than two A4 pages, a maximum of six images with a brief description (no more than a short paragraph for each image) and a budget breakdown for the project.

Full details of the commission can be found on www.the-ropewalk.co.uk

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