Expression of Interest - Walhalla Public Art Installation

  • Project typeExpressions of interest
  • Project value$90,000
  • Project scheduleExpressions of Interest are open from Tuesday 19 July to Thursday 11 August 2022
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Baw Baw Shire Council is pleased to call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) from suitably qualified artists to create a Metal Resilience Sculpture within the Walhalla township.

Expressions of Interest for this project are open from Tuesday 19 July to Thursday 11 August 2022. 

About the project

Council recognises the value and impact of arts and culture to our community. It is the role of Council to invest in arts and culture, providing infrastructure, services, events, and experiences which support the development of a vibrant, sustainable arts and culture sector.  

The creation of a interesting, eye-catching feature sculpture within the Walhalla township will celebrate the history of the town and promote Baw Baw Shire as a vibrant and attractive region to visit, live and work in.

The artwork will be an impressive metal sculpture that sits beautifully in the landscape for visitors and the community.

You can find more information about the project, and what information is to be included in the expression of interest below.

Submit your Expression of Interest here.

Project Budget

Artist budget for the project is $90,000 (inc. installation) and must include:  

  • all material costs 
  • all artists fees, commission for artists' dealers or representatives (where applicable), fees for any assistants and/or sub-contractors 
  • engineering (if required) 
  • lighting (if desired) 
  • artists and associated assistants working on the commission will be expected to meet all requirements and costs regarding occupational health, safety, and risk management. 
  • public liability insurance for construction/installation
  • transport of artwork to site

Payment will be made in two instalments beginning with the signing and acceptance of the terms of contract, other agreed progress points of the project with a final payment upon completion. 

Artists are invited to submit concept designs for their proposed work along with the proposed budget.

Installation can be an estimated amount at this stage, and will be confirmed prior to contract signing with the Baw Baw Shire contractors to ensure the total cost (including installation) is within total allocated budget.

Expression of Interest Process - Project Documentation and Timing

Expression of Interest Process

Expression of Interest for this project open Tuesday 19 July to Thursday 11 August 2022.

Next steps

Up to two artists will be shortlisted with to further develop their concept for presentation with drawings and / or maquette. Allocation may be provided to support this development, additionally there may then be interviews and reference checks.

If you have any questions or enquiries about the expression of interest process, please contact Council's Recovery Officer, Pauline Zuidema via email or by calling 5624 2411.

The successful design and artist will be notified no later than 17 September 2022. 

The project itself will commence from the signing and acceptance of the terms of this brief and contract with the successful artist. The artistic design and fabrication of the project are to be completed between October 2022 and April 2023.

Design Specifications

The design detail will be for the chosen artist to determine.

Public safety should also be considered in the choice of design (eg. avoidance of sharp edges, entrapment hazards etc, as the facilities will be used by a wide range of the community including families and children).    

The resilience sculpture will to pay homage to the gold mining history of Walhalla, the people of Walhalla, indigenous culture, the unique beauty of the landscape and the spirit of Walhalla and its history of resilience through fire and flood.

Shortlisted concept designs will be presented to Council's Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (ACAC) and include approval by council risk assessors, engineers and Council's maintenance staff prior to final selection.

Project Management & Consultation

Council will appoint a project manager to see oversee the project and be the successful artist’s direct liaison.

Ownership and Copyright

The artwork generated from this commission will become the property of the Council upon the payment of the final instalment of the contract. 

Council will acknowledge the work of the artist by displaying the artists name near the work and referring to the artist as the creator of the work in any printed material.

Artists Guarantee

The artist will ensure all workmanship is of high quality and materials used suitable to ensure durability for the environment in which the piece is sited. 

Installation, Maintenance and Repair

Installation of the artwork will be completed by Council approved contractors in consultation with the artist.

If the artwork requires repair after completion, attempt will be made to contact the artist in the first instance to make those repairs. If the artist is unavailable another suitably qualified artist will be sought to make the necessary repairs. If the artwork is deemed to be damaged beyond repair or no longer suitable for the site, Council will determine the appropriate method of removal or relocation.

Risk Assessment and Insurance

The selected artist is required to prepare and submit a risk assessment document prior to commencing any works. This risk assessment shall be used to record and identify the risks foreseen and risk control methods to be employed by the artist.    

Also prior to the commencement of works the artist is required to provide Council with a certificate of currency for public liability insurance for a minimum coverage of $20,000,000.

Health and Safety Plan

Prior to the commencement of any works the artist shall also submit a health and safety plan for approval, specific to the works. The plan shall consider and respond to the specific occupational health and safety hazards and issues relevant to the works and document the systems and methods to be implemented to manage such hazards.   

Council has a Public Arts Policy and Implementation Plan which contains further detail regarding matters such as decommissioning, maintenance etc.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or enquiries about the expression of interest process, please contact Council's Recovery Officer, Pauline Zuidema via email or by calling 5624 2592.