River Don Artist-in-Residence

River Don Artist-in-Residence


Public Art Aberdeen (PAA) and the Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF) Aberdeen project would like to commission a freelance artist or artists to work as artist-in-residence in the River Don Corridor, an area of ‘urban fringe’ in Aberdeen.  This opportunity is open to local, national and international artists of all disciplines.

The SURF Aberdeen project aims, through a process of collaboration, to improve the planning, management and perceptions of open spaces along the ‘River Don corridor’ in Aberdeen – an area made up of the River Don and surrounding open spaces, from coast to country.

The role of the artist in this commission is to develop, along with PAA and SURF Aberdeen, a ‘Public Art Plan’ for the River Don corridor, through a process of engaging and collaborating with its communities to create temporary public artwork(s) which explore, examine, highlight and discuss issues surrounding public space in the area.

These temporary public artwork(s) should relate to the aims and objectives laid out in PAA’s ‘Public Art Toolkit’and the ‘River Don Corridor Framework’ (an output of the SURF Aberdeen project). Further information can be found at:



For a copy of the ‘River Don Corridor Framework’ contact publicart@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Post:                        Freelance Artist for River Don Artist-in-Residence Commission, Aberdeen.

Fixed Term:             Sep 2012 – Feb 2013

Budget:             £8000 (to include artist fees/expenses, community contact time, materials, installation and other project costs.)

Applications:  To apply, please submit: –

1.              A signed Letter of Interest outlining an overview of your approach to this self-directed             residency. Include your background, qualifications and relevant past experience, with             examples of projects completed within set budgets/timescales.  Include details, if             possible, of your experience in working with the public, working in a community-            engaged context, and delivering projects in the public realm.

            (Please note, we would like to understand your interest in the project, we do not             require a detailed proposal at this stage.)

2.              Up to 10 images of previous work, in high quality jpeg format. Please include an             annotated image list.

3.              A current CV with up to date contact details.

4.              A minimum of two professional references including their name, address, e-mail and             telephone.

Applications should be emailed to publicart@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Deadline:            Monday 20August

Short-listed artists will be notified within one week of the deadline, and requested to submit a detailed proposal for how they intend to approach the residency, prior to interviews which will be held week commencing Monday 7 September.

For further information email publicart@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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