Opening Doors – The Local Government Challenge Fund Project for Mid & East Antrim Borough Council

Location: Ballymena

Deadline: Friday 27th July 2018 at 5pm 

Opening Doors

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and their partner organisations in this project wish to recruit an experienced artist / facilitator or team of artists to carry out community consultation and creative engagement.


Opening Doors is a partnership project between Mid & East Antrim Borough Council,  Mid & East Antrim Inter Ethnic Forum, Mid & East Antrim Age-well Partnership, The Hope Centre, Ballymena BID, Ballymena Methodist Church, Voluntary Arts Ireland and Queens University to deliver a series of new art installations combined with new musical compositions on the theme of Opening Doors.

The project partners will deliver a public art and music programme across a range of groups in the Borough, and through this project to establish a new Mid & East Antrim Arts Partnership and #creatives groups. 

The project will see a series of visual artists engaging with local groups to create new temporary entrance ways into the organisations venue. The pieces will be delivered by the artist following a series of workshops held with members of the organisation. Each installation will have its own title and some participating organisations will also work with musicians and poets to devise a musical response to the art works. The musicians will work with local groups and musicians in the area. 

The Opening Doors project will be part of the award winning Creative Citizens Programme in 2018, developed by Mid & East Antrim Arts Development Service.

The Creative Citizens Programme
is a partnership between Voluntary Arts Ireland (VAI) and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. 

The ‘Creative Citizens’ programme is an action research project that brings local people together with local and regional organisations, services and networks together through active engagement in a programme of 150 arts and culture-related events and activities each year.

Artists brief

There are 3 separate sites in this project. 

The aim is to commission 3 street art murals that represent the work being carried out by the group or association the Artist is assigned to. The chosen Artist will meet the group and agree the themes for each of the sites. The Artist will then design and deliver the street art murals either on site or off site, to be installed or completed by late October / early November 2018.

Applications are welcome by a group/consortium of street artists or individual street artists


The Artist must have – 

  • Knowledge and/or experience of making work suitable for public commissions or exhibitions
  • Final designs must have an element of understanding of the local area or venue history and the current nature of the building/ area – the final design will be agreed with the partner group participating
  • Art proposals must be site specific and respectful to the nature of the location 
  • The artist must work collaboratively with their assigned community group
  • The artist must consult with the group/community
  • The work must be delivered within the agreed budget 

The goals and objectives that both motivate this commission and shape its development include, to:

• enhance an environment/ building

• engage with community members

• create opportunities for artists to showcase their work in prime locations

• contribute to place making

• address Council strategies and policies

Themes and individual Commissions.

The community partner will issue the direction for the theme of the 3 peices

Artists will be assigned to work with one of the following groups – 

Ballymena BID – a partner group of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council established to develop the town centre. This project will help create a shared space in the area and encourage use of spaces. 

Possible sites in the town centre - 


      Proposed site for street art mural – to be covered in wood hoarding – bottom half of building


     Proposed site for street art mural – to be covered in wood hoarding – bottom half of building


  • DeadlineL Friday 27th July 2018 at 5pm
  • Shortlisting -  Following week
  • Selected Artists informed - Friday 3rd August 2018
  • Introduction - Week of 12th August 2018

Community groups to meet the artist and to introduce the project. The awarded artist to attend and discuss their ideas with groups and have a tour of the building/area to develop ideas. 

  • August/ Sept/ Oct 2018 - Artist to develop and make the final art work in partnership with community group
  • Late Oct/ early Nov 2018 - Deadline for the finished art work to be installed.
  • Late Oct/early Nov2018  - Launch event of the art work held in each site


The appointed artist will be responsible for the concept and delivery of the art work, in regular consultation with the community group. The artist will be expected to provide regular updated reports on the progress of the project. 

The Artist will be contracted to deliver work on time and within budget. 

The artist’s fees for commissioned work, artists’ travel and subsistence, materials and equipment, and transport of the Art Work (including packaging) are included in the commission fee of £5,000 inc vat.

Please provide a breakdown of all costs inclusive of VAT. 

The project has a number of parties involved, such as advisory

panels and community groups which may include representation from community and interest groups 

The Artist will need to consider:

  • risk management and assessment issues
  • manage fabrication and installation with Subcontractors/ council staff
  • work in collaboration with other artists involved in the project
  • consult with and involve the community
  • respond to numerous issues defined in the brief, such as interpreting history or responding to local community values


Proposals and applications will be assessed on their ability to meet the commission criteria.

A professional and realistic project proposal and budget breakdown will be expected. 

Artist/facilitators will be selected against the following criteria:

70% for experience of community engagement with a wide range of groups and abilities; preparation and presentation of reports.

20% for methodology

10% for value for money 



Please send the following - 

  1. A recent CV 
  2. A written statement of relevant experience with images detailing 4 of your sculpture/ public art projects  
  3. Provide details of your experience in consulting with different community stakeholders to deliver an artistic project
  4. A written proposal (max 500 words) outlining your approach to the project 
  5. An outline project budget
  6. Evidence of Public Liability Insurance cover of not less than £5,000,000 
  7. Names and contact details of two referees

Applications can be submitted by post or email. 

Post to:

Opening Doors Art Commissions

Rosalind Lowry

The Braid Arts Centre

1 – 29 Bridge Street


BT43 5EJ

Email to – 

There are 3 separate sites for this street art mural project. Artists are expected to produce an artwork for each site.

Applications are welcome by a group/consortium of street artists or individual street artists

Click here to find out more about the Mural Commission for Opening Doors

Click here to find out more about the Video/Mixed Media Commission for Opening Doors

Click here to find out more about the Sculpture Commission for Opening doors