17th June 2020

Arts&Heritage is working with Northumberland County Council to commission a contemporary art work in response to the green space heritage in Hirst Park, Northumberland.  Hirst is located in Ashington, once called the ‘biggest mining village’ in Europe and the park was created in 1915 for the benefit of miners’ well-being.

A&H and NCC Hirst Park are interested in receiving applications from artists interested in exploring the park’s rich sporting, botanical and social history.  It is the place England’s sporting heroes Bobby and Jackie Charlton would play football as children, and the ‘Flower Park’ where mining families would meet and socialise. We welcome approaches by artists working in any discipline and are particularly interested in those with experience of siting work in public spaces.  The artist must be willing to engage local people in the making of the art work in some way.

The Artists’ Brief, with all further information, can be found here: 

The budget for the commission is £10,000, including fees and VAT.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest:  25 June 2020

A selection panel with Arts&Heritage, NCC Hirst Park and representatives of community groups will interview artists on 10 August.

We envisage the schedule for delivery and launch will be agreed between the appointed Artist and Arts&Heritage and Hirst Park, taking in to account government advice on Covid-19 and public safety. NCC and A&H will support the Artist to realise the commission in line with health and safety guidelines and government guidance on Covid-19. 

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