EOI SELECTION CRITERIA
All applications will be assessed by the selection panel against the criteria below:
- Applicants must reside in the Singleton LGA, the Upper Hunter or greater Hunter Regions, or demonstrate a connection to the Singleton area.
- Wonnarua, Wanaruah artists are encouraged to apply.
- Demonstrated artistic merit and experience working within a Public Art context.
- Experience working on a large scale.
- Ability to deliver durable and robust works.
- Demonstrated capacity to work within budgetary and time constraints.
- Awareness of safe work methods, sustainable material choices and safe installation processes.
- Willingness to align with the curatorial vision presented by Singleton Council.
- Flexibility to work with different Council departments and to regulatory outlines.
- Applicants must hold or be willing to obtain Public and product liability insurance and Transport and vehicle insurance where relevant.
- Applicants will need to acquire all necessary work permits including: Work Safely at Heights, Yellow card (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms) and White card/ Construction Induction permit.
EOI APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications are to be submitted through the Singleton Arts + Cultural Centre website. Please read the application criteria carefully before applying. Applications close at 5PM on Friday 18th of August, 2023
All applicants are to provide the following:
- A response to the selection criteria detailing your interest in the project and your connection to the site. (Maximum 500 words)
- A brief description of your art practice and experience, including any public art works.
- Demonstration of your ability to work flexibly to deliver plans in a timely manner and to budget.
- An artist’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) (Maximum two pages)
- Three relevant and high-resolution images of your work.
Shortlisted artists will be required to attend one of the nominated site inspection dates and to present plans to a selection panel.
A small number of artists will be shortlisted and invited to produce a specific project proposal in line with the project brief. Shortlisted artists will be paid a nominal fee to produce this submission.
The submitted proposals from all shortlisted artists will be reviewed by a selection panel at a time to be determined by Singleton Council.
Singleton Council reserves the right to adjust the selection process due to unforeseen circumstances and/ or changing program requirements.
EOI SELECTION PANEL
This panel serves to assist in the selection of commissioned artists for the procurement and fabrication of public It will be comprised of council representatives and external members to ensure that all formal requirements are met, and that decisions are made inclusively.
Public Art will become an intrinsic part of Singleton’s identity, enriching tourism, and boosting the local economy. It will activate spaces and build landmarks that celebrate our creativity, heritage, and culture.
SINGLETON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA (LGA) BACKGROUND AND VISION
The Singleton Local Government Area (LGA) is known for its rich, diverse, cultural heritage. An idyllic riverside locale, nestled in the Hunter Valley amongst rolling vineyards, a patchwork of farming and rural landscapes, all with a backdrop of mining and industry. This country setting plays host to a variety of recreational, sporting and outdoor adventure opportunities including world Heritage national parks, First Nations heritage sites, and a first class Arts and Cultural Centre. The Singleton LGA lies within the custodial lands of the Wanaruah, Wonnarua People and acknowledges the long history of its traditional.
The Singleton LGA is strategically located in the centre of the Hunter Valley Region in New South Wales, within easy reach of other major centres including Maitland, Newcastle and Sydney. First settled in 1821 it was primarily an agricultural centre however this rapidly changed in the mid-1970s with the influx of the mining sector. Today, the area is known for its supurb offerings of local and gourmet produce. Olive groves, citrus orchards and internationally renowned vineyards inhabit the outlying quant villages and hamlets. The Singleton LGA and has become a prestigious source of tourisim with boutque getaways, first class guesthouses, farm stays and cellar doors attracting visitors looking for that ideal natural setting.
The LGA has a population of approximately 24,577 and the Singleton town centre is the main commercial and retail centre for the local population, as well as for visitors to the area. It is a busy commercial centre supported by a vibrant community with an underpinning in the mining, electricity- generation, military, agricultural and tourism sectors.
Council recognises that facilitating opportunities for community engagement and participation in quality arts and cultural programs can enrich the personal lives of residents and support the social and cultural wellbeing of the community. A quality arts and cultural program enhances the region’s identity and reputation and will provide opportunities for cultural tourism that feeds creative industry development and contribute to economic diversity.
Council is committed and ambitious in its pursuit of quality arts infrastructure and strategic creative arts programming. We will actively seek opportunities to integrate creativity into many aspects of community life and encourage community members and visitors to participate and be engaged.
SINGLETON ARTS + CULTURAL CENTRE (SACC)
The Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre (SACC) is the hub for Arts and Culture in the Singleton LGA and is central to the planning and implementation of Public Art projects. Completed in 2021, the $4.08 million project was funded by a $2.787million NSW Government grant from Create NSW with the remainder provided by Singleton Council. The Centre’s annual program provides engaging exhibitions of contemporary art by local, regional, national, and international artists, also hosting a range of related public events, lectures, activities, and workshops for all ages. SACC is home to the Singleton Civic Art Collection and is committed to the exhibition, extension, and preservation of collected works.