Call for Public Artwork, intu Milton Keynes

Closes 31st May 2017

The purpose of this brief is to secure the creation of a high quality and innovative structure  or piece of Public Art that will serve as an attractive legacy for the Midsummer Oak, utilising the 3.7 tonnes (approx) of wood gathered when the tree was felled in April 2016.

The artist will be responsible for the facilitation of consultation workshops, design, fabrication and installation of a public artwork. We would also like them to consider how they can share the design and fabrication of the artwork during the project, such as through a blog or other online platform.

intu Milton Keynes is open to submissions that will ultimately provide a creative, bold, contemporary and dynamic artwork and will consider submissions from any artists working in a variety of art forms and styles, provided they can demonstrate expertise and experience with wood.

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist to work on a commission within Milton Keynes that will be distinctive, high profile and unveiled as part of the town’s official 50th Anniversary celebrations. We see this piece as a perfect opportunity to link the original vision for the town, with the promise of a prosperous and continually improving future.

The specific aims of this project are: -

• To create and install an artwork that will inspire, engage and potentially surprise  visitors using the wood collected when the Midsummer Oak was felled in April 2016 

• To create an artwork that is respectful of the tree’s legacy – the tree was thought to be over 160 years old, 110 years older than the town of Milton Keynes itself. 

• To continue the life cycle story, from a thriving tree to creative resource to an engaging artwork. 

Total Budget: The total budget available is £20,000. Please note the budget includes all expenses, inclusive of artist’s fees, materials (the 3.7 app. tonnes of Oak will be provided in raw condition, as felled), preparation of the wood, transport, and installation costs.

For more information, the full brief and details of how to apply, please email Kirsty: 



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