TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency, is seeking expressions of interest from artists of all levels of experience in developing a new artwork to be situated in their new offices based in Heuston South Quarter. There is potential for the artist to consult or work with staff, children, and young adults who form the client base of TUSLA. The deadline for applications is 3 May 2016. 

On 1 January 2014 the Child and Family Agency became an independent legal entity, comprising HSE Children & Family Services, Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board as well as incorporating some psychological services and a range of services responding to domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

The offices are contained in the iconic Brunel Building in Heuston South Quarter. The sites available for the placement of the artwork(s) include the main reception area; the main area for public access; and the meeting rooms within the TUSLA offices.

Artwork can be either standalone or occupy multiple locations in the building to develop a common theme.

Applications that require specific hanging, electricity, or are comprised of light must have a full specification provided for this within the proposal. Support for the installations of these forms of work may be provided by TUSLA Estate Management but the full specification of required support should be provided as well.

The key assessments will be on artistic quality, ambition, and evidence that the project is achievable.

The total budget available for the artwork is up to €30,000 (inclusive of VAT).

This is a single stage commission. The selection panel is comprised of representation from local stakeholders and two professional artist representatives. This panel will be responsible for the selection procedures as well as overall management of the project.

The panel has within its power the right to:

  • Select and Commission a work from the proposals received;
  • Ask for further development of designs if there is a split decision regarding the selected work. A stipend of €500 will be offered to artists if they are required to further develop work in this way.
  • Reject all proposals as unsuitable and to enter into a targeted commissioning process.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 3 May 2016 at 5pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.

This project is administered by Visual Artists Ireland on behalf of TUSLA. All queries should be sent by email to info@visualartists.ie

For further information and criteria see http://visualartists.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/TUSLA_Call_for_Proposals_Final.pdf


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