One of North Devon’s most significant development projects for many years is now calling for local artists to take part in a competition for its Public Art Commissions.
Developers Red Earth are already underway with their plans to transform the currently bleak and stagnant Brunswick Wharf into a vibrant new heart for the community. The layout of the development will create three open sided squares – two private and one public – linked by a quayside walk along the entire frontage of the site.
Working in conjunction with the Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum, which celebrates its 70th Birthday this year. Applicants have until the end of January to register their interest in the commissions.
Red Earth’s Simon Friend said, “This is a unique opportunity for artists and creatives of all kinds to make their mark on Bideford. The works commissioned for the project will be preserved on the development for countless years to come, and will be a direct celebration of Bideford’s creative prowess. We’re looking forward to creating something special.”
Burton at Bideford’s Director Ian Danby said, “We are delighted to be working with Brunswick Wharf on several large public art commissions for their East-the-Water site. It’s probably the most extensive commissioning of new artwork in our region’s recent history. It’s an opportunity for south west artists to produce new works to complement this historic site, placing creativity at centre stage as part of the town’s continued regeneration.”
Ian Danby added, “We work with artists locally, nationally and internationally, encouraging our own community to further develop their creative potential. This new project will allow us to continue that work, giving artists exciting live projects over the next few years.”
North Devon has a rich and creative history, with its unique geography and culture inspiring art forms from famous novels and poems to paintings and sculptures. Simon Friend said, “The Burton at Bideford, both a gallery and a museum, houses some wonderful pieces of art, reflective of the town’s vibrant history. These new commissions will add to that history, with an integral part of their design helping to tell the story of that heritage. It’s an opportunity to continue a centuries old tradition of creativity and craftsmanship on Brunswick Wharf. Local artists, in bringing their own creative skills to these public art commissions, will be carving their own niche. It all goes toward helping to make the new Brunswick Wharf a vibrant destination of choice, for locals and visitors alike.”
To find out more about the art commission and register your interest email firstname.lastname@example.org
View the Brunswick Wharf Art Brochure here