is a two-stage open competition to commission a major public artwork for Forrest Place, Perth, the capital city of the State of Western Australia.
The art of city-making is a challenge for all those concerned with contemporary urban life. Cities need to constantly reinvent themselves. Their capacity to renew and regenerate is linked to their vitality and their overall viability. The redevelopment of Forrest Place is a significant event in the life of the city of Perth. Once completed, it will consolidate its position as the premier civic space within the city. The scale and ambition of the art commission reflects the significance of Forrest Place to the people of Perth and recognizes the import role that art plays in defining the citys image and identity.
The Department of Culture and the Arts is the government agency responsible for delivering the sculpture project. With the support of the City of Perth, the site was secured as part of the revitalization of the city centre. Expectations for the project are high, given the central location and prestigious nature of the site. The Department therefore has chosen to select the artwork through a competition that opens the challenge to the most creative and capable artists and design professionals from around the world.
It is anticipated that the commission budget of AUD$1,000,000 will attract a high standard of entries and allow for the ambition, scale and quality of materials required for such a significant location. The competition process will identify a multidisciplinary team that brings originality and design excellence to the project, as well as the technical capacity to deliver an artwork of this scale and complexity on time and within budget.
The artwork designed through the Situate competition will be the single largest art commission undertaken in Western Australia. The competition provides a model of co-operation between the State and Local Governments to deliver major commissioned artworks within the city CBD. It is an invitation to think creatively about what we want from our capital city: a living experience which draws on our strengths of openness and entrepreneurship, nourished by our emotions, aspirations and imagination.
The Western Australian Government has been a leader in fostering creative partnerships between artists, architects, landscape architects and other design professionals. This has provided tangible illustrations of what can be achieved when committed to the belief that our sense of place and regional identity can be reflected in our built environment.
The competition seeks to explore ideas of contemporary sculpture in its broadest sense. It encourages the formation and strengthening of collaborate and sustainable relationships between the people that design and build our cities. It explores the intersection of art practice with other design disciplines to form an overall vision for a modern, dynamic and diverse city. The primary aims of the project are to:
Provide a landmark, permanent artwork that will enrich the Perth CBD.
Encourage new partnerships between artist and other design professionals.
Explore new models for the design and commissioning of art in public spaces.
Stimulate discourse and debate surrounding art in public spaces.
Contribute to public awareness of art practice of an international standard.
Allow West Australian artists and design professionals to compete in an international context.
Design and construction of the artwork is the responsibility of the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA). DCA have worked closely with the Office of the Government Architect (OGA) to design the competition process. The competition is administered by DCA, who is responsible for the handling of submitted materials, organising the judging for each stage of the competition and maintaining the highest standards of anonymity and fairness throughout the process.
DCA have appointed a project coordinator to oversee all aspects of the project. The project coordinator will act as the Competition Administrator during the competition phase. The Competition Administrator acts as an independent liaison between competitors and DCA. All technical questions or requests for additional information must be directed to the Competition Administrator.
Consultation and Technical Advice
In identifying the site for the artwork and developing a project brief, DCA has consulted widely with the City of Perth, the arts sector and a variety of technical advisers. These consultants will remain "on call" throughout the competition process to answer technical questions about the proposed artwork and the site.
The jury will consist of highly regarded professionals within their respective disciplines. A short biography of each jury member is provided in the Jury section on the competition Home page at www.situate.dca.wa.gov.au. The Competition Jury is responsible for the evaluation of submissions in both stages of the competition, the selection of short listed applicants at the conclusion of Stage 1 and the winning entrant in Stage 2.
2. Competition Process
The process for short listing entrants to go through to Stage 2 of the competition will proceed through the following steps:
1. The Jury will evaluate concept boards against the selection criteria provided in the Stage 1 documentation and short list the five most promising concepts. The Jury will evaluate the concept boards without the Qualifications Statements in the first instance, to ensure anonymity of the competition entries.
2. The five short listed entries will then be matched with their Qualifications Statements. The Jury will check that the entries meet the eligibility requirements provided in the Stage 1 documentation, and confirm the capacity of the teams to complete the project.
3. Should any of the short listed entries not meet eligibility or capability requirements, the Jury will return to the pool of still anonymous concept boards to select the next highest ranked submission(s), which will then be matched with their qualifications statements. This process will be repeated until the five strongest and eligible submissions on all criteria are identified.
4. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes of the short listing process.
Short listed applicants selected from Stage 1 will be invited to develop their concepts designs, according to the competition conditions and design requirements published for Stage 2. The process for selecting a final winner will proceed through the following steps:
1. A technical review of the five submissions will be arranged by the Competition Administrator for compliance with the conditions and requirements of the Stage 2 Brief. Any submission that does not conform to the instructions and requirements of the Stage 2 Brief may be disqualified and eliminated from further consideration.
2. Submissions will be evaluated by the Jury on selection criteria detailed in the Stage 2 Brief and the Technical Report. The Jury will select the winning applicant and rank the other entries in order of merit below the winning entry.
3. DCA may proceed to award to the winning entrant the contract to design, fabricate and install the artwork. This will be conditional on formal endorsement of the winning entry and the redevelopment of Forrest Place proceeding.
4. The contract will be negotiated between the parties with the assistance of the State Solicitors Office, Western Australian Government.
5. The design development phase of the project will proceed immediately on the successful conclusion of the competition process and awarding of the contract.
Stage 2 submissions are to be presented in a format and manner that is useful for communication to a broad audience, including non-designers and the general public. The Stage 2 submissions and selected entries from Stage 1 will be exhibited in advance of the award announcement. DCA will make every effort to have the work of all finalists published as a collective body of work. Detailed requirements, including the selection criteria and related conditions of the competition will be presented in the Stage 2 Brief. This will include any statutory authorities and stakeholders involved in the approval process.