Things to consider when making a proposal

  • Title of project
  • Description - the focus, concepts, thoughts, research methodologies, and ambitions
  • Context - the context that the work is being commissioned for. This may include the geographical, social, physical and virtual dimensions. The context may or may not be relevant to your proposals
  • Research and development - methodologies for research, how you envisage developing a proposal. Further research or time required for concept development, for engaging with people and for testing materials or process and making work
  • People - others who may be involved with you in the realisation of the proposal
  • Audience and public - consider who your proposal is intended and whether the general public or a specific and/or more intimate audience
  • Costs - consider a budget breakdown covering fees, production, presentation, installation, documentation. Check out budget breakdown.
  • Materials and medium - if appropriate supply information on materials with samples
  • Location - the place or site and if it is multi-sited or without physical site or boundary
  • Networks - networks or partnerships envisaged and ways to develop these
  • Mediation - a conduit between the artist and work and the context and audience. Mediation may take many forms from artists talks to full-scale critical events that are developed around the project
  • Documentation - is this to be carried out as integral to the process or after the event?
  • Evaluation
  • Maintenance - might a maintenance schedule be useful?
  • Technical issues - are there specific technical issues central to the proposal?
  • Time frame  
  • Visuals - to articulate ideas and demonstrate practice
  • Audio - to articulate ideas and demonstrate practice
  • Writings/scores/texts - to articulate ideas and demonstrate practice
  • References and reviews - best and most recent examples



Commission Call Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

16 August 2017

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, invite proposals for a commission focusing on the creation of new work through...More..

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Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.

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