NMC RFQ – National Music Centre Public Art Project

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NMC RFQ – National Music Centre Public Art Project

 

The intention of this RFQ is to select an Artist or Artist(s) based on Qualifications, Experience and References. Design concepts are NOT required for this RFQ.

The National Music Centre (NMC) is seeking qualifications from experienced, creative and innovative artist(s) with a demonstrated ability to create a permanent, integrated public artwork at the new home of NMC, 500 9 Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta Canada.

The successful artist(s) will work with NMC and the architectural design team to determine the best location for public art at this site. The artist will take the lead in developing public art for the agreed upon location in consultation with the NMC Public Art Committee. Due to the nature of the funding and scale of this project, the artwork must be integral to the design of the site.

Artists who have established a diverse practice with a range of integrated media artwork specialties are encouraged to consider this project. Previous experience on a design team is preferred and successful community engagement experience is required due to the number of communities impacted by this project.

 

RFQ notice

A301 – South Face of NMC Building Elevation Diagram

A303 – East Face of King Eddy Hotel/NMC building Elevation Diagram

A303 – Reference – East/West Building Elevations Diagram #1

A304 – Reference – East/West Building Elevations Diagram #2

Reference – Interior Site Option – Main Stairwell

Instructions to Upload NMC Public Art RFQs

RFQ Questions and Answers – Updated October 15, 2013

 

Q. I failed to find a drawing of the possible location for the public art in the main stairwell located in the heart of the east block. Would you be so kind to support me to find it out?

A diagram of the location is now available here: https://www.nmc.ca/pdf/rfp/RFQ-MainStairwell.pdf
It is labeled ‘Reference – Interior Site Option – Main Stairwell’ and references the outside elevation and the interior elevation. It is linked from NMC’s RFQ Public Art website here:
https://www.nmc.ca/rfq/nmc-rfq-national-music-centre-public-art-project/

Q. Will the $250,000 CDN be divided among more than one artist, for the exterior and interior sites, or will that be for one artist and one installation?

The intention is to award the RFQ to one artist for one installation. It will be the jury’s discretion to determine if other submissions are to be considered within the scope of the budget.

Q. Would someone please get back to me and give us more detail information regarding #5 – “Provide examples of public art experience including any examples from your portfolio—links to web-based portfolios are encouraged.”

#5 refers to any public art projects that an artist has completed or participated in.
“Links to web-based portfolios” is in reference to any of the artist’s projects that can be found on-line that the NMC jury can reference. These web-based portfolios may or may not be linked directly to an artist’s website. In addition to one’s own on-line portfolio, it may be that an artist has a public art project featured elsewhere on-line with a studio, gallery, city, building operator, etc. that would be helpful for the jury to consider.

Q. You ask for: “Four colour images of past work labeled with date, title, and medium.” Do you want prints of the photographs as well as JPG files on the CD? Do you want these in JPG format?  Do you have any size preferences?

We encourage the submissions include printed colour copies but will accept electronic copies of the prints in lieu of hard copies.

Sending images in a universal format like jpeg format is best, as they are easily shared and distributed with members of the NMC public art jury.

There is no size requirement but electronic files should be sized accordingly so that they may be easily managed and shared with jury members for the purpose of adjudicating the RFQ submissions.

Q. I have a question regarding the required elements to apply to the National Music Centre Public Art Project.  Do you require hard copies of the images as well or will the electronic copy be sufficient for the images?

As stated above, electronic copies will be sufficient for the images.

Q. Is it correct that you are requiring artists to submit hard color copies of four images? Is there no way to submit these via an electronic portal that every other public art RFQ in North America uses, such as PublicArtist.org, CallForEntry.org, or SlideRoom.com?

As above. We did ask that they be send as hard copies but we understand that this is not practical for some artists. We will be allowing electronic submissions and will be updating the NMC RFQ website – https://www.nmc.ca/rfq/nmc-rfq-national-music-centre-public-art-project/ – with instructions on how to do this shortly.

Q. I am not a Canadian artist. Is this RFQ open to all artists or is it restricted to local or national artists only?

The RFQ is open to all artists – from local, national and international communities.

Q. Does it say that under point 4 you can send in autonomous work or also works of public art?

Point 4 asks for “Four colour images of past work labeled with date, title, and medium.”. We encourage artists to send in their work – both as an individual (autonomous) and, if they have it, work on public art projects. If you have experience in both, please send in these projects/artworks as instructed under Point #5 – “Examples of public art experience including any examples from your portfolio – links to web-based portfolios are encouraged”.

Q. What do you mean by hard copy? Copies on paper?

“Hard copies” are copies on paper. As mentioned above in the Q&A section, we encourage the submissions include printed colour copies but will accept electronic copies of the prints in lieu of hard copies. We did ask that they be send as hard copies but we understand that this is not practical for some artists. We will be allowing electronic submissions and will be updating the NMC RFQ website – https://www.nmc.ca/rfq/nmc-rfq-national-music-centre-public-art-project/ – with instructions on how to do this shortly.

Q. Am I right in thinking that I can email the application over to you are allowing applicants to email their applications? Can use this email address: publicart@nmc.ca or should I forward to a certain person?

NMC will not accept emailed RFQ submissions. Electronic submissions are now accepted through a Dropbox link on the NMC RFQ Public Art webpage. Instructions can also be found here on the RFQ Public Art website.

Q. For items required when you ask in 3” An artist statement Briefly Describing the scope of your artistic practice as related to this project,” is that Can I include this in my look for text attached in point 1 which already described my vision of the project?

Yes. Please make sure that your artist statement that describes the scope of your artistic practice is clearly marked, as it is a required element of the RFQ.

Q. (To show the scope of my previous work)…, I will need to submit at least two images to understand the work. Is it possible to present four works in eight images?

Yes. Please note that links to web-based portfolios are encouraged. This may be the best way to show your work without sending the NMC jury too many images.

Q. Are the images are included in the printed document or PDF?

Where possible, please include images both in the printed document and the electronic PDF document.

Q. Do you accept the postmark dated 18 October or if is imperative that everything be to your office on that date.

All submissions must be received no later than October 18, 2013 at 4:00pm MST. Unfortunately we cannot accept late responses. Submissions are now accepted electronically. Instructions can be found here on the RFQ Public Art website.

Q. I was unable to find any indications of exact location of the artwork. The location is not exactly pointed either at the references posted at website. Also, it’s not totally clear where the interior art would be placed – is it supposed to spread through whole staircase height? It would be easier to present some ideas if the exact possible locations of artworks would be provided.

The location of the NMC public artwork is yet to be determined. NMC will work with the selected RFQ artist to choose an appropriate location of the public artwork. Because this public art call is a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) rather than a Request For Proposals (RFPs), no exact location or artistic medium has not be assigned to this project.

As outlined in the ‘Location of the Public Art’ section, NMC encourages artists to think about alternate areas for public art. Final site selection will occur as part of the consultation and development process with the selected artist(s).

Q. How is the Required Element #1 (the description of artistic vision) different from Element #3 (the artist statement)?

Element #1 asks for the artist’s background and past experience, interest in this project, and a brief description of their artistic vision. We ask each artist to share their vision on what makes a public art project important. All of this information is limited to a maximum of three pages.

Element #3 gives the artist further opportunity to describe the scope of their artistic practice as related to this project.

Q. How are Elements #4 and #5 different?

Element #4 requires that the artist send in “four colour images of past work labeled with date, title, and medium”.

Element #5 more specifically refers to any public art projects that an artist has completed or participated in. “Links to web-based portfolios” is in reference to any of the artist’s projects that can be found on-line that the NMC jury can reference. These web-based portfolios may or may not be linked directly to an artist’s website, and are in addition to the four images that the artist has sent in as required for Element #4.

In addition to one’s own on-line portfolio, it may be that an artist has a public art project or other relevant projects featured elsewhere on-line with a studio, gallery, city, building operator, etc. that would be helpful for the jury to consider.

Q. In reference to the above RFQ, can you please clarify that if the DropBox option to submit RFQ submissions material electronically is used that the additional requirement to submit two hard copies and one electronic copy in PDF format on CD-ROM or USB stick is not required.

To clarify, if an artist chooses to submit electronically using the Dropbox option, they do not need to submit two hard copies and an additional electronic copy on a physical format of CD-ROM or USB stick.
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