OPPORTUNITY: Artist commission - Hogganfield Nature Shelters

31 Jul 2020

Hogganfield Local Nature Reserve is located in the northeast of Glasgow, some five kilometres from Glasgow city centre. The park is dominated by Hogganfield Loch, a large shallow loch with a wooded island. The loch and its surrounding grasslands, marshy ponds and woodlands were declared as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) by Glasgow City Council (GCC) in 1998.

Platform in association with Seven Lochs Wetland Parkland (SLWP) and the Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserve (FGLNR) are seeking to invite an artist(s) to collaborate on an ambitious creative project engaging with three identified community groups from Glasgow North East. The successful applicant(s) will plan and deliver a response to three redundant shelters situated around Hogganfield Loch. The purpose and functionality of the shelters will be explored in a series of artist-led workshops that will explore how they can be transformed and refurbished.

The artist(s) will deliver six workshops with a group of adults and two local school groups, one of which will be for pupils with additional support needs, to develop ideas for improving the shelters.

It is expected that the project will generate creative ideas to improve the three shelters with a semi-permanent structure / artwork improving their functionality and providing a focal point for outdoor learning, teaching and volunteering for staff and visitors to the nature reserve.

Successful applicant(s) will be supported by staff from SLWP and FGLNR to plan and deliver a workshop programme that leads to creative outcomes for each shelter.

Artist(s) should be able to demonstrate experience of working with adults, children and young people.

Glasgow City Council (GCC) will provide a structural report at the beginning of the project as this will dictate the nature and extent of the work that can be carried out on the shelters. The artist will work with GCC engineers throughout the project to ensure that the refurbishment proposals meet all necessary health, safety, and engineering requirements.

Late August 2020 - Appointment of artist and initial meetings with partners
September 2020 - Seven Lochs Partnership and FGLNR will organise and run three introduction workshops with the artist in attendance to introduce the groups to the project themes.
October – December 2020 - Six artist led workshops with three groups
January to March 2021 - Draft and final designs, procurement of materials and services, refurbishment of shelters
April 2021 - The shelters are to be fully refurbished by end of April.

The appointed artist(s) will be offered a budget of £7,000.00 This will include the following:

- Development, delivery, and materials of the workshop programme with three groups.
- Creation of final designs for each shelter
- Time allocated to supervise the final outcomes to shelters
- All travel and attendance to project meetings

A further budget of £7500.00 for production to refurbish the shelters will be available.

Full project details, artist brief and additional background information, can be downloaded as a complete document HERE.
Please ensure you read fully.

Platform will be contracting the artist(s) with all agreements supported by risk assessments and safeguarding policies created in collaboration with team members from the venue.
Appointment is conditional on confirmation of a satisfactory PVG Scheme record check.

The artist will be expected to work with partners of the project to respond to any changes in relation to COVID-19 that may happen during the timeline of the project.

Please submit the following in response to the outlined brief:

1. CV outlining your suitability for the role and relevant experience, particularly your experience of working with young people and adults.
2. Cover letter (no longer than 2 A4 pages) outlining methodology, demonstrating how you would approach the workshop programme and commission.
3. Up to 5 images of relevant / previous artwork (10MB max)
4. Your availability between September 2020 and April 2021

A selection panel made up of representatives from Platform, Seven Lochs Partnership and FGLNR will review all applications in line with the above requested information.

Please submit your application to: Margaret McCormick, margaret@platform-online.co.uk by Friday 14 August 2020.

If you have any queries about the project before submission, please email Margaret McCormick, margaret@platform-online.co.uk

This project is supported by This by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage Plunge In! The Coasts and Waters Community Fund and is part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.

[Image: Jim Coyle]

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