December 3, 2007
by Canadian Architect
As part of the Chinatown Arts Festival 2008: Five Circles, London-based arts organization Chinatown Arts Space (CAS), and Chinatown’s principal landowner, Shaftesbury PLC, are working in creative partnership to commission two major new pieces of exciting public art for London’s Chinatown.
These are two significant opportunities for East Asian artists to win a prestigious commission and see their work showcased in the heart of a major capital city. Artists are encouraged to create ideas for contemporary works that address both the heritage and history of London’s Chinatown, and that celebrate the current diversity and dynamism of the area.
The first piece is a mural commission, and invites East Asian* artists born or resident in the UK to submit proposals to create a vibrant contemporary artwork suitable for external display for two years. The size of the finished artwork should be 5 metres high by 8 metres wide, and is to be mounted on the side of a building at the far end of Horse & Dolphin Yard in London’s Chinatown, an area that currently houses a Chinese market. The value of this commission is 6,000.
The second opportunity is directed at all East Asian* artists living worldwide, who are invited to submit proposals for a public sculpture on a prominent site in London’s Chinatown. The goal is to create a permanent eye-catching three-dimensional artwork in any medium that is suitable to withstand the elements. The work will be sited above ground level on the side of a building, where Wardour Street meets Shaftesbury Avenue, and should therefore be no larger than 1.5 metres wide by 4 metres high and 1 metre deep, and weigh no more than 600 kilograms. The value of this commission is 20,000.
The deadline for entries is March 3, 2008. Full entry details of the requirements for submission of proposals, and the specifics of each site, can be downloaded from www.chinatownartsspace.com.
*East Asia includes: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their diasporas.