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Contest for £800k ‘Welsh legends’ landmarks relaunched

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The Welsh government has relaunched its international competition to design and build two £400,000 landmarks commemorating national legends

The second competition – with its budget reduced by £200,000 and revised application criteria – comes a month after an original call for applications was scrapped.

The Welsh government declined to explain its reasons for the restart, but it is understood the decision followed a shortage of applications to the original £1 million commission owing to onerous restrictions for competing.

According to the contract notice: ‘Two commissions are available for artists to create internationally recognisable artworks, installed at Wales’s iconic heritage sites. Nature has shaped Wales as a country full of visual drama and splendour.

‘From the beginnings of our earliest times people added a stories to our wonderful landscapes; built castles and fought wars; forged industry, communities and inspired innovation; moulded artistic and sporting heroes. Taking inspiration from this legacy we challenge artists to devise creative and inspirational ways to celebrate legendary Wales.’

The two-stage contest, aimed at artists and designers, aims to replicate the crowd-drawing success of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North and the Tower of London poppies installation.

The project, backed by the government’s Cadw heritage wing, will form the centrepiece of Wales’s 2017 Year of Legends cultural programme, aimed at boosting tourism.

One of the structures will be sited at Flint Castle (pictured) which was built in the late 13th century as part of King Edward I’s campaign to conquer Wales. The second structure will be erected at a separate Cadw site, to be chosen in response to the design entries. Applications may be for either one or both of the sites.

Applicants to the first contest were required to submit a written expression of interest, featuring four case studies of similar work completed in the past five years.

The latest contest will instead see stage one applicants judged on their ‘experience, skill and capability of creating original, highly creative quality artworks’ which meet various outcomes and are sensitive to their location.

Five artists will be shortlisted for each lot and invited to draw up proposals during the competition’s second stage, which will be evaluated on conservation principles, community engagement, sustainability, cost effectiveness and response to the legends of Wales concept.

The winning teams are set to be announced in the spring, and will each receive a commission to deliver their respective installations, each with a budget of up to £400,000.

Proposals may be drawn up in English or Welsh. The deadline for applications is 2pm, 20 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Welsh Government
Corporate Procurement Services
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Tel: +44 3000628864
Email: CPSProcurementAdvice@wales.gsi.gov.uk


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