Call to Artists: Public Art Opportunity Carleton North High School Public Art Commission

October 31, 2017 4:00-4:00pm
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Call to Artists –  Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Public Art Project for Carleton North High School Library


Deadline:  4:00 pm Tuesday 31 October 2017


Selected Artist Design Fee:  $3,500.00

Artist Residency at CNHS Fee: $1,000.00

(time to be negotiated)

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All professional artists who reside in New Brunswick.


The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery, in partnership with Carleton North High School and The Town of Florenceville-Bristol, invites professional artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for consideration in the first of a two-stage process to develop and design a permanent site-specific artwork for the Carleton North High School Library in Florenceville-Bristol, NB.
This is a two-stage pilot project to develop and design a permanent public artwork for the Carleton North High School library.
Carleton North High School is a cultural hub in Florenceville-Bristol hosting many community sporting and arts events, including being home to the 39-year-old Carleton Victoria Arts Council and the Weldon Matthews Theatre.
The commissioned art work will be installed in the library, on the second floor of the building. Recent renovations to the library have resulted in fewer stacks, banks of computers and comfortable seating, creating an environment designed for collaboration and knowledge co-construction – see photographs. The commissioned art work should reflect the concepts of learning, community, and diversity.
The artwork will promote a sense of discovery and connection to the school. The artwork will provide a memorable and distinct visual art expression for the community. The chosen artist would also ensure that the project engages with the local community/residents, the students and school community.
Scope of opportunity
The selected location for the art is an existing floor-to-ceiling structure, with a 7 feet tall x 12 feet wide x 2 feet deep opening that will surround, support and frame the art work. The frame structure is parallel to a plate glass curtain wall over-looking the main approach to the building. See photographs. Illuminated at night, the art will be visible from the exterior as well as the interior of the building. The successful entry will be fabricated out of aluminium, with the design water-cut into the plate and finished with a powder coating. Fabrication and installation will be the responsibility of the commissioning group.
The selected artist is responsible for providing the completed design as Vector Graphics.
The artwork will have to conform to provincial Accessibility Standards.
Public art community engagement considerations 
The artist will agree to present their design to the community during the Public Consultation, to participate in a community engagement event after the completed art work is installed and through an artist-in-the-school program delivered at the Carleton North High School in collaboration with the Art Department.
This commission will be awarded following a two-stage arms length process as follows:
Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Stage I
Qualifications will be evaluated by an assessment committee consisting of artists, stakeholders from the community and representatives from the Project Team. This committee will shortlist a maximum of three artists to move forward to Stage II.
Request for Proposals (RFP): Stage II
Shortlisted artists (maximum three) will be given a detailed Terms of Reference and an honorarium of $500 in Canadian Dollars for preparing a detailed public art proposal and a promotional presentation including a maquette or suitable alternative for stage two of the competition.
The three shortlisted proposals will be presented to the community for feedback and comments from the public at an open house following the deadline.  All comments received from the public during this survey will be submitted to the assessment  committee for consideration. Artist attendance is recommended, but not required. Attendance can be by Skype.
At a date following the public consultation process, artists will meet individually with the peer assessment committee for a 30-minute interview to present their proposals and answer questions. Interviews will be conducted in person or remotely via Skype.
Selection Criteria for Stage I
All submissions will be evaluated based on the artist’s experience and qualifications (submitted resum), samples of artwork (submitted digital images) and their public art vision (expression of interest) in relation to this Call to Artists.
Please note: The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery, The Carleton North High School and the Town of Florenceville-Bristol reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, or any part thereof, or to terminate or re-advertise the project. The decision of the peer assessment committee is final.
Submission requirements
  • A complete application must include the submission requirements listed below.
  • Support material may be written in English or French.
  • Word document files must be submitted as a PDF file format and image files must be submitted as a JPG file format
  • Participants must submit a complete application with all support material saved to a USB flash drive or uploaded to email address.
Your submission must be delivered or uploaded to by 4:00pm Tuesday 31 October 2017. The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery will not be responsible for any loss or damage to any materials. Submissions will not be returned.
  1. Expression of Interest Submit a maximum of two pages explaining why you are interested in this opportunity. What aspect of this public art commission inspires you?  What connects you and/or your work to the public art vision for this project? Describe your art practice and how you would approach this opportunity. Tell us about any other public art projects you’ve completed and how you worked with the construction team, other artists and or the community. If you are applying as an artist team, tell us about your past collaborations and how you would work together on this project.
*Sketches or details of a proposed concept will not be accepted at this stage as this Call to Artists is a Request for Qualifications not a Request for Proposals.
  1. Synopsis: Provide a brief synopsis (80 words maximum) of your Expression of Interest in a short paragraph, referencing the key relevant details of your artistic approach to this opportunity. This synopsis will be used as a quick reference during the deliberation process by peer assessment committee members.
  2. Resume: Submit a current resumé of your art training, public exhibitions and commissions of your artwork, and any other experience directly relevant to this opportunity on a maximum of two pages. Include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address. If you are applying as a team, submit a separate resumé for each team member and clearly identify the lead contact for this project.
  3. References: Contact information for two professional references who can speak to your experience on similar projects. Please ensure these references are aware that they may be contacted by The Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery as part of the evaluation process for this Request for Qualifications.
  4. Samples of Artwork: Submit a maximum of 10 digital image files showing samples of completed public art or artwork.  Artist teams are also to submit a maximum of 10 files.
Digital images must be:
  • JPG format
  • Maximum of 1240 pixels (along the longest side)
  1. List of images, numbered chronologically with #1 being the most recent, titles, date, medium, size and public art budget if appropriate.