We are seeking expressions of interest from artists, curators and organisations to create a second iteration of the WE ARE HERE(2013) artwork on the northern Foley Street facade at 90 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

The artwork of the second iteration will be influenced by the themes in the WE ARE HERE artwork of 2013. The works are encouraged to be site specific and connect to the location and history of the area in a meaningful way.

We are seeking works from a range of mediums such as sculptural installation, light art, photography, paint and mixed media. The artists submission will need to demonstrate a site-specific connection to the WE ARE HERE themes.

Budget

The total budget for the entire facade is $200,000 + GST. It is anticipated three to five artists will contribute to the facade with separate artworks at different locations or through design development with the curator and other artists.

The $200,000 budget will be split across the selected three to five different artworks/artists.

Budgets are to cover all costs for the project.

Process

The curator will select three to five artists for the Stage 3 – Design and Budget development. This will take place between 20 July –3 August 2022. Upon successful submission, each Stage 3 artist will be paid $1,000 (exclusive of GST).

Stage 3 will result in the finalisation of the design, installation plan, maintenance plan, engineering and insurances.

Acceptance in Stage 3 does not guarantee inclusion in the final artwork.

Themes

The themes for the next iteration of WE ARE HERE are derived from the 2013 artwork. Artists are invited to interpret the history and distinct local character of the area, connecting with contemporary audiences in innovative and creative ways. Please use link to access further background information on the 2013 artwork.

Artists are invited to submit an artistic concept related to the themes:

  • The area as a cultural and creative epicentre
  • History of the area
  • WE ARE HERE 2013 artwork, specific inspiration

LGBTQIA+ artists are invited to submit an artistic concept related to the themes:

  • Oxford Street Community and Mardi Gras
  • Celebrating identities
  • Pride

First Nations artists are invited to submit an artistic concept related to the theme: The Gadigal people and their land.

  • The original ‘muru’ Aboriginal track, now Oxford Street
  • Pre-colonial land, flora and fauna
  • Heritage and culture

All images from artwork WE ARE HERE (2013)

Key Dates

STAGE-1

Expressions of Interest close at 12 noon on

15 July 2022

STAGE-2

Announcement of shortlisted artists for design development:

19 July 2022

STAGE-3

Design and budget Development

20 July 2022 – 3 August 2022

STAGE-4

Final Artist Selection

August 2022

STAGE-5

Installation plans finalised

October to January 2023

STAGE-6

Installation of artworks

February 2023 date TBC

Prior to submission, please refer to the
Terms and Conditions

Entries will require the following information

  1. Artist/team contact details (indicate project leader for communications)
  2. Artist/team’s bio or CVs
  3. Artwork statement (200 to 250 words max) describing the artwork concept and theme selected
  4. Artist’s impression/concept drawings/production images of the proposed artwork
  5. An indicative production budget
  6. Please ensure all files are clearly labelled with the project leaders name and no files are larger than 5 MB

If you have enquiries or would like to submit your EOI please email us at


wearehere@oxfordandfoley.com.au