Severn Arts in partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity and funding from Arts Council England (ACE) is commissioning an artwork for a large wall within the outdoor space of the new Urgent and Emergency Care development at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.  

Commission brief 

We are seeking an artist/organisation with a creative and innovative approach to create an artwork for the wall that will inspire and engage both staff and patients. The selected artist will need to work with clinical and non-clinical NHS staff, representatives from NHS staff networks and members of the patient forum to co-create the final design. 

The artwork should reflect and celebrate the creativity and people of local communities and be a memorable experience for staff, patients and visitors, bringing local people together positively. We are particularly keen that it reflects untold stories and embeds the cultural landscape of Worcestershire. 

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Commission fee 

The fee for this commission is up to £12,825 inclusive of workshops, planning, design and creation of final artwork, all materials, and any equipment needed. There is an additional expenses budget for travel and subsistence as required.

Open Day for artists  Thursday 27 July from 11am – 1pm 
Online briefing for those that can’t make the open day in person  Thursday 27 July at 2.30pm 
Application deadline  5pm on Friday 4 August 2023 
Successful artists notified of interview  Friday 11 August 2023If you have not heard back by this date, you can assume you have not been selected for interview 
Interview date  Thursday 17 August 2023 at Severn Arts’ Office, Worcester 
Co-creation workshops, approval of final design, completion of artwork on the wall   From 28 August to 29 September 2023 

Further information

We will be holding an Open Day to see the space, meet with stakeholders and find out more about the commission on 27 July from 11am – 1pm.  If you cannot make this session, we will be holding an online session on 27 July at 2.30pm to answer any questions you may have.  

To register your interest in attending either the Open Day or the online session please contact Jude Wild on [email protected]  by 24 July. 

For further information about this commission please contact Elaine Knight on 07776 540554.  

After 28 July, please contact Debbie Birch on 07759 497408. 

How to make an application 

In order to apply you will need to send your proposal to [email protected] by 5pm on 4 August 2023, (any submissions after this time will not be considered). 

Your proposal should consist of no more than five A4 pages and should include: 

  • Your contact details
  • Some initial ideas or concepts 
  • Materials you plan on using and durability of artwork
  • Your approach to engaging with clinical and non-clinical NHS staff, representatives from NHS staff networks and members of the patient forum
  • Installation requirements
  • A budget breakdown
  • Relevant experience of delivering similar projects
  • Any specific dates after 29 August that you would not be able to deliver the co-creation workshops
  • Contact details of at least one referee that will be taken up for successful artist
  • (No more than) 3 images or links to previous work

We welcome applications from individual artists, arts organisations and collectives.