Sunday, 28 February 2010

Moyle District Council - Public Art - Private Commission?

Updated March 3

Some friends of mine were a little surprised to see the following project on a Canadian website but not on Moyle Council's own or any North Antrim website:


Moyle District Council wish to appoint an artist to design and arrange the production, delivery and installation of one piece of public art at Ballycastle Harbour and one piece of public art at Rathlin Island Harbour, Ballycastle. It is anticipated that this project will be completed by January 2011.

The budget for the project is GBP100,000. Artists wishing to participate in the contest must submit a Pre-Qualification Response document. The selection of min. five and max. eight artists will be invited to prepare concept sketch designs on the basis of the information given in this document.

Further information and Pre-Qualification Response documents can be obtained by contacting Moyle District Council at:
Ballycastle & Rathlin Public Art, Moyle District Council, Sheskburn House, 7 Mary Street, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, BT54 6QH
T: 0044 (0)28 20762225
E: or
Deadline for submissions: 16 April 2010

This project has previously been reported online in the Ballymoney and Moyle Times.

Shouldn't the council be making this prestigious commission more widely known to local artists? Why not put all of the information online ASAP?

It's mischievously been suggested that MDC could continue to sponsor the arts by commissioning a local version of the successful TV drama "Expenses".

Added March 1 blog has just tweeted the commission. Come on Moyle District Council, where are you? I can find no mention of the commission on the A-N website.

1* Moyle District Council announces public art commission [pdf file]:

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Interesting. When and where was the commission first advertised? Has sufficient time been allocated to advertise the commission and for artists to obtain the necessary documentation from Moyle District Council and submit their proposals?