December 20, 2017

Public Art Commissions | Gaining Ground, Clare County Council

Deadline for Stage 1 proposals: 16 February 2018

Gaining Ground is a major Public Art Programme developed by Clare County Councilโ€™s Arts Office. Open to all art forms. The development of Gaining Ground has been built upon a legacy of rural arts programming in County Clare, initiated in 2006 with the programmes Ground Up and Shifting Ground ( As such there is a responsibility of care to ensure that the commissioning for Gaining Ground is in keeping with the legacy of previously commissioned works.

Both Ground Up and Shifting Ground had a strong ethos of engagement. An understanding of what makes a โ€˜communityโ€™ needs to be a consideration of this brief. The term โ€˜communityโ€™ can be conceived of, as a fluid concept, from the customary understanding of an established societal grouping, relative to a particular locality, place, organization or network, to a looser understanding of social encounters built upon points of connection, interest or ideology.

Clare County Council Arts Office invites proposals for the following projects:

Legacy โ€“ North Clare โ€“ 2018 โ€“ 2020
A number of projects will be selected to take place over a 2 year timeframe. The overall budget for this programme is 64,000 euro. Artists can submit proposals for projects up to a maximum value of 32,000 euro and minimum of 8,000 euro per project.

Re-imagining the Rural โ€“ West Clare โ€“ 2018 -2019
A single project will be selected to take place over a 1 year timeframe

View the full artists brief detailing both projects here:

This is a two stage commission process. Stage 2 will comprise of a limited competition with up to five artists/arts groups directly invited to make submissions. Shortlisted individuals or teams will be requested to provide more detailed analysis of the concept, ideas, methodology and finances of their proposal in Stage 2.

A selection panel will include representation from; Clare County Council, and representation from local and national organisations as well as independent artists / arts organisations.

For further information email:
Sally Oโ€™Leary:
Clare Arts Office:
Tel: 065 689 9091

Public Art Commissions | Gaining Ground, Clare County Council