December 20, 2018

Open Call | Public Art Commissions and an Augmented Reality Trail at Hillsborough Forest Park, Northern Ireland

Application deadline: 14 February at 12 noon.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) wishes to commission multiple public artists and digital specialists to create a permanent public art DIGITAL SCULPTURE TRAIL to be incorporated into the redevelopment of Hillsborough Forest Park. In order to qualify, the sculpture trail should be โ€˜Unique, Innovative and of World Class Distinctionโ€™, and as such the emphasis is on sculptures of the highest quality with a broad international appeal and incorporating cutting edge digital technology with an emphasis on AR [Augmented Reality].

LCCC commissioned a Hillsborough Tourism Master Plan in 2015 and associated Action Plan for developing the tourism product in the village and surrounding areas. As part of the Hillsborough Tourism Master Plan, LCCC have proposed the development of Hillsborough Forest, which is 150 acres of woodland adjacent to Hillsborough Castle and village. The forest incorporates a lake and mixed coniferous and broadleaved trees which sustain a range of fauna and wildfowl.

The overall redevelopment project comprises a visitor centre, a coffee shop, Adventure Play facilities, additional carparking, improvements to pathways, signage and seating. The ยฃ4.2m project is being funded by a number of sources including the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Within the funding package up to ยฃ850,000 has been allocated for the provision of 8 large pieces of public art and 8 smaller interconnecting sculptures as well as the design and development of an AR APP [Augmented Reality Application]. The budget for the public art has been further divided, with eight major pieces allocated ยฃ590,000, the remaining pieces ยฃ160,000 collectively, with ยฃ100,000 for the AR [Augmented Reality] design and maintenance.

Tender documents can be retrieved from the EtendersNI portal or digitally (via email) from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council:

  • To access the tender documents via the EtendersNI portal: Search for Lisburn and Castlreagh Council, Hillsborough Forest Park โ€“ Provision of Public Art Commissions and an Augmented Reality Trail REFERENCE: T18/19-062
  • If you require a copy by email please contact LCCC directly at the contact provided below:-
    Contact for email copy โ€“ Margaret McAvoy
    Email Address โ€“

Open Call | Public Art Commissions and an Augmented Reality Trail at Hillsborough Forest Park, Northern Ireland