Public Art Commission: Flinders Street Façade

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Call for expressions of interest

We're thrilled to be calling for expressions of interest from Australian artists for concepts for a permanent, site-specific outdoor public artwork to be located adjacent to our Flinders Street entrance.

As you've probably read, we're undergoing a major $40 million renewal project and will reopen in mid-2020 as a transformed institution at the forefront of moving image collecting and preservation, commissioning and exhibition. As part of this, we're commissioning a series of contemporary artworks that reflect the museum’s commitment to experimentation, innovation, new media and creativity.

The Public Art Commission Flinders Street Façade will occupy a section of the façade adjacent to its Flinders Street entrance. We are seeking concepts that engage with the moving image and its impact and influence in contemporary society. While proposals should include a central moving image element, applicants are encouraged to consider spatial, sculptural and interactive ideas and to think beyond the confines of the screen.

We encourage concepts that explore new or emergent technologies including augmented, locative media, responsive digital projection mapping, algorithmically generated content and tangible interfaces.

Up to three proposals will be shortlisted. Shortlisted applications will receive $3000 to further develop their proposals and present their concept to a panel in July 2019.

How to apply

Applications should include:

  • A one-page outline of the proposed artwork
  • Biographies of key artists (up to five pages)
  • Biographies of key collaborators (up to five pages)
  • An indicative budget
  • A one-page production schedule

Documentation of previous work (up to 10 images or five minutes of content)

Applicants should consider:

  • Federation Square’s architecture, aesthetic and spatial characteristics, and the interface between the building and the broader city
  • The busy Flinders Street thoroughfare and its multiple users: pedestrians, public transport and vehicular traffic
  • Sight lines, viewing positions and durations/time-specific elements
  • The visually crowded context of the precinct, including Hosier Lane, surrounding signage, festivals and pop-up events
  • Legibility of the artwork during day and night
  • Diverse audiences, including tourists, workers, students
  • The various public uses of the site: thoroughfare, tourism, festivals, markets, sporting promotions
  • Proposed changes to the precinct including the new Metro station

Applications should be sent to commissions@acmi.net.au by 21 June 2019.

Applications will be assessed by ACMI and up to three proposals will be shortlisted. Shortlisted applications will receive $3,000 to further develop their proposals and present their concept to a panel in July 2019.

The selected proposal will progress to the next round of consideration as part of the ACMI redevelopment project.

Sarah Tutton ACMI Renewal Chief Curator

sarah.tutton@acmi.net.au