Lesnes Abbey Woods Co-commission of a new artwork, Estuary 2021



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Open call to co-commission a new public realm artwork to be sited at Lesnes Abbey Woods for Estuary 2021. Co-commissioned by Metal and London Borough of Bexley, the selected artwork will be launched at Estuary 2021, the ambitious, highly visible and transformational festival celebrating the Thames Estuary, and be retained as a permanent artwork at Lesnes Abbey Woods, a site of natural, social, and historical importance.

We are inviting artists to propose initial ideas in response to the Artist Brief via the online application form.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to a brief online interview, with one proposal selected for the co-commission.

Co-commissioning criteria

We are seeking to appoint an artist or artists collective with:

  • an established track record of works sited in the public realm

  • a practice that is strongly participatory and socially engaged

  • a track record of producing work that engages and involves local communities, removing barriers to participation in the arts

We actively support applications from artists/collectives from diverse backgrounds and protected groups.

Aims of the Co-commission

Metal and London Borough of Bexley are seeking an artist or artist collective to create an imaginative response to the brief, in particular we are looking for a response that:

  • Can be installed within the grounds of Lesnes Abbey Woods and Park.

  • Adds the visitor offer at Lesnes Abbey.

  • Appeals to a diverse local audience - both people that already visit the site and also attracting new visitors, and higher frequency of visits at all times of the year.

In addition to providing a compelling response to the brief, the artist/s are also required to participate in remote lab sessions taking place over five weeks (Thursdays 2-4pm, 1-29 October)



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