November 7, 2018

Open Call | The White Birds Commission, Yeats Building, Sligo

Application deadline: Friday 7 December, midnight.

The Yeats Society are accepting expressions of interest to design, make and install a temporary sculpture/artwork to hang from the exterior of the Yeats Building, Sligo. The work will be inspired by the poem The White Birds, by WB Yeats.

The work will form part of the 60th birthday celebrations of the Yeats International Summer School.

The winning artist will be announced on Poetry Day Ireland 2019 (April). The installation of the work will proceed in early June 2019. It will be taken down at end September 2019.

The sculpture will be temporary in nature and cannot cause damage to the building. It must be suitable for the local summer climate. Please note: The Yeats Building is a protected structure on the National Registry. The Building is at the Hyde Bridge, over the River Garavogue, in the centre of Sligo.

The budget for this project is: €5000.

Please send:

Examples of previous work
One-page CV
Immediate ideas for the project/outline budget to maximum of €5000

Please send your expression of interest by email only to:, marked WHITE BIRDS in subject box. Please use PDF format. Successful expressions of interest will be invited to make a full submission.

Selection criteria:
Artistic merit and quality of the concept
Realistic budget: showing fee, materials, installation
Relevance to social, physical and cultural context of the built environment
Previous experience / demonstrate ability to carry out the project, or potential with appropriate supports
Clarity and practicality of the proposal

For more information contact:

Open Call | The White Birds Commission, Yeats Building, Sligo