Northfield Artist-In-Residence Opportunity

Public Art Aberdeen (PAA) would like to commission a freelance artist or artists to work as artist-in-residence in Northfield, a regeneration area in Aberdeen.  This opportunity is open to local, national and international artists of all disciplines.

Northfield is a long established neighbourhood in the west of Aberdeen with a rich history, diverse community and many positive features. It is mainly residential, but also includes a large rural area on its west side, a large industrial site at Granitehill, as well as parkland and a bustling shopping centre at Byron Square.

Based at Northfield Community Centre, the role of the artist in this commission is to assist PAA and the neighbourhood in developing a ‘Public Art Plan’ for Northfield, 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 be the result of engagement/collaboration with the community, and relate to some of the aims and objectives laid out in PAA’s ‘Public Art Toolkit’, for example:

-Encourage people to use a space

-Create a better sense of identity and local uniqueness

-Improving the aesthetics and design of public space or amenities

-Improving a sense of belonging and ownership

-Stimulate discussion and debate

The PAA ‘Public Art Toolkit’ can be viewed at

Aberdeen Community Planning:

Northfield Community Centre:

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

Fixed Term: Nov 2012 – Feb 2013

Budget: £4000 (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 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.

For further information or to submit an application, email:

Applicants should have a PVG certificate from Disclosure Scotland, or be willing to obtain one prior to appointment. 

Deadline: Monday 5 November

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