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 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?
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:
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?
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.”
“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?
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?
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?
Q. I am not a Canadian artist. Is this RFQ open to all artists or is it restricted to local or national artists only?
Q. Does it say that under point 4 you can send in autonomous work or also works of public art?
Q. What do you mean by hard copy? Copies on paper?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or should I forward to a certain person?
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?
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?
Q. Are the images are included in the printed document or PDF?
Q. Do you accept the postmark dated 18 October or if is imperative that everything be to your office on that date.
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.
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 #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 #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.