Public Art Commissions

N18/N19 Ballycasey to Dromoland Road Improvements Scheme: Brief

Funded by Clare County Council through the National Roads Authority Per Cent for Art Scheme.
Clare County Council invites outline submissions from artist/s for a site specific artwork to be located by the N18/N19 Ballycasey to Dromoland Road Improvements Scheme.

The aim of the commission is to invite visual artists working in all genres inclusive of new media and the traditional, to create an artwork that will relate directly to the social, cultural or economic environment of the area. The commissioners welcome proposals from individual artists or from visual artists who wish to collaborate with visual artists or artist/s working in another artform. The Road Improvements Scheme takes place in Clare's South East Economic Corridor stretching from Shannon to Dromoland, and bypassing Newmarket on Fergus.

The Work will be site specific in nature. The successful artist/s may be required and be remunerated to discuss the work or conduct information/workshop sessions upon realising the work. This will be agreed in advance with the artist/s. It is envisaged that the work will be in situ by mid June 2003.

The budget for the project including the artwork is €50,000. This includes artist's fees, materials, fabrication, installation costs (if applicable), foundations preparation (if applicable), engineering design, safety and health statements, labour, insurance and VAT. An additional fee towards the cost of public presentation/discussion/ workshops, which the artist may be asked to participate in as part of the commission brief, will be agreed with the artist in advance, if required.

Locations- Sites Information
A number of potential sites have been identified by the commissioners for which there is no particular preference. These sites are marked on the accompanying map.

Brief information on the site areas is as follows:
Shannon is Clare's newest town. It is also an important industrial location and the site of the world's first duty free airport. It has taken less than 45 years to develop Shannon from flat marshy ground populated mainly by snipes and hares to the present hub of international travel and trade. There is evidence of man's presence in the area over 4,000 years ago, following the find of a stone axe head there. Tradition has it that it was the Vikings who built the first river banks in the area, thus salvaging much of the land now occupied by Shannon.
In 1934 the government decided to explore the potential of trans - Atlantic air travel. A survey went ahead and the site at Rineanna (Shannon) met with unanimous approval. The first test flights into the new airport at Rineanna landed on May 18th, 1939. The onset of World War II brought a virtual halt to commercial aviation, but development work continued at Rineanna. At the end of the war commercial flying resumed. During the first decade of the airport, Shannon gained a remarkable reputation among the world's air travellers. 1947 was a significant year when it was declared the world's first customs free airport.
The establishment of the Industrial Free Zone, in 1958, was another milestone in the success story of Shannon. By 1964 employment in the industrial area exceeded that at the airport. Shannon Airport has brought great prosperity to Clare. It was a key factor in attracting industry to the Mid-West, and it played a major role in the development of tourism in the region. Shannon has an incomparable place in contemporary Irish society as a town established as part of a government policy to promote an area zoned for industry and to increase traffic through an airport.
Newmarket-on-Fergus is a thriving village on the Limerick-Ennis road. The old name is Cora Caitlin, the weir of Cathleen, a holy woman, who according to tradition lived in the area. There are two possible explanations of the name Newmarket. The most widely accepted is that Sir Edward O'Brien, who was interested in horse racing, had ideas of creating a centre to rival Newmarket in England. It was Edward who built the belvedere on Dromoland Hill, from which he could observe the racing in comfort. The alternative explanation of the place-name is that the new village became a market place, and took much business from the older established markets, thus earning the name "the new market".

Selection Procedure
This is a two stage open competition selected by a panel jury.

Stage One
Please submit
- C.V.
- Description of proposal including theme and proposed materials.
- 2 drawings/sketch per proposal
- Six photographs / slides of previous work.
- A breakdown of proposed costs
- A proposed timescale for completion.

A stamped addressed envelope should be included to guarantee safe return of proposals. The Arts Office takes no responsibility for proposals submitted without an S.A.E. Models/maquettes will not be accepted at stage one of the competition.

Stage Two
A maximum of 10 artists will be selected by the selection panel. Short listed artists will be paid a concept development fee (to cover all expenses incl. travel if required) to work on a detailed proposal for final selection. Artists may be required to produce scale models / maquettes, samples of proposed materials etc. depending on their proposal. Artists may be required to meet with members of the selection panel to present their proposal to them.

The deadline for stage one submissions is Friday, November 1st, 2002 at 4 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.
Short listed artists will be informed the week of November 11th, 2002 after which artists will be informed of the deadline for stage two submissions.

Site Visit
A site visit to the proposed locations of the artwork will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2002. Artists are requested to gather at the foyer of the Shannon Knights Hotel in Shannon for 12 noon on this date.
It is imperative that artists wishing to attend the site visit register in advance with the Arts Office no later than Friday, September 28th. If you have not registered you will not be accommodated on the site visit.

Submissions are to be sent to:
Arts Office, County Library, Mill Road, Ennis, Co. Clare

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