Our 46 year old, Grade II-listed building is currently having a major capital redevelopment.
Working with acclaimed architects Haworth Tompkins, this vital work will ensure a home for our communities that’s green and sustainable, safeguarding high-quality cultural, wellbeing and community experiences in North Wales for current and future generations.
As a major cultural building and arts centre, public art will be at the heart of the project, with multiple pieces permanently shared with communities.
We’re seeking expressions of interest from artists, theatre-makers and collaborative design teams to create this public art. We want to commission public art which is inspirational and inclusive, that enhances our reputation as a beacon of artistic excellence and a home for our communities.
These opportunities are funded by the Welsh Arts Council ‘Percentage of Art’ legislation.
We’re open to photography, 2D digital art, video art, interactive art, painting, sculpture and installations. We’re also open to theatre disciplines including (but not limited to) designers, lighting designers, sound designers, projection designers, prop makers, writers, and costume/textile makers to respond to this call. As artists, creatives and theatre-makers we, of course, warmly welcome collaborations between disciplines and artists.
About Our Building
After 46 years, our Grade II-listed building needs major capital work, with all systems nearing their end of life and conditions deteriorating to the point of becoming unsafe.
After extensive community consultation and working with acclaimed architects Haworth Tompkins, we are embarking on the final stage of a transformative redevelopment that will deliver a much-improved visitor experience and enhanced income-generating facilities within a greener, more efficient, and welcoming building.
With an industry-leading zero carbon target and dedicated theatre-making, learning, family and wellbeing spaces, including on-site scenic construction for the first time, the project will be “an exemplar of 21st century cultural space” (Haworth Tompkins).
We have three Open Call opportunities and are working with acclaimed consultancy Studio Three Sixty in delivering this vital part of our redevelopment:
The three opportunities are:
Open Call 1
Creative Language Commission
An artistic response to language and stories, encouraging people to encounter and gather across our new building.
Open Call 2
An installation inspired by the original theatre counterweight system which is being replaced in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre, which has been salvaged as part of the building process.
Open Call 3
Foyle Room Curtain
A design for a bespoke, large-scale curtain for the Foyle Room, a multi-purpose “gathering space” at the heart of the new building.
How to find out more?
We will be holding an online and informal Q&A session for interested artists and teams to ask questions on Mon 2 Oct at 2pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join this session.
This is a two-stage selection process.
The first stage will shortlist applicants through an expression of interest assessment, looking at previous work and initial responses to the brief.
To apply, please submit the following to email@example.com, clearly indicating in the subject header which Open Call/Calls you are interested in applying for:
- An expression of interest explaining why you would like to be considered for this project on no more than two sides of A4.
- Up to 10 images of recent work submitted as a pdf with a descriptive list detailing a brief description, dimensions, materials, dates and budget for the works.
- An up to date CV - maximum of 2 pages.
- The name and email address details of 2 referees, at least one of whom can comment from first-hand experience of your professional practice.
- Your own contact details including email address.
- Total file size should not exceed 6mb.
The Stage 2 applicants will be selected based on their expression of interest by the Public Art Steering Committee.
These shortlisted artists, theatre makers and design teams will be invited to prepare a concept design for their proposal for presentation to a selection panel consisting of representatives from Theatr Clwyd, studio three sixty and Haworth Tompkins Architects.
Each artist or team will be paid a fee of £750 to develop their concept design. Interested artists and teams will need to be available on either 15th or 16th January 2024 to present their Stage Two ideas to the selection panel.
- Online Q&A Session:
2 Oct 2023 – 2pm
- Deadline for Stage One:
6 Nov 2023 - 11:59pm
English - Open Call 1 - Creative Language Commission - Artist Brief (Word Doc)888 KB DOCX
English - Open Call 1 - Creative Language Commission - Artist Brief (Pdf)194 KB PDF
English - Open Call 2 - Counterweight Installation - Artist Brief (Word Doc)2.4 MB DOCX
English - Open Call 2 - Counterweight Installation - Artist Brief (Pdf)385 KB PDF
English - Open Call 3 - Curtain - Artist Brief (Word Doc)1.8 MB DOCX
English - Open Call 3 - Curtain - Artist Brief (Pdf)335 KB PDF
Cymraeg - Open Call 1 - Creative Language Commission - Artist Brief (Word Doc)889 KB DOCX
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Cymraeg - Open Call 2 - Counterweight Installation - Artist Brief (Word Doc)2.4 MB DOCX
Cymraeg - Open Call 2 - Counterweight Installation - Artist Brief (Pdf)425 KB PDF
Cymraeg - Open Call 3 - Curtain - Artist Brief (Word Doc)1.8 MB DOCX
Cymraeg - Open Call 3 - Curtain - Artist Brief (Pdf)386 KB PDF