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The Newtonmore Art Installation – Expression of Interest

Newtonmore Business Association (NBA) along with Newtonmore and Vicinity Community Council (NVCC) and Newtonmore Community Woodland Development Trust (NCWDT) with help from Cairngorm National Park Authority (CNPA) would like to commission an art installation to revitalise Newtonmore village centre.

A full brief is available to download here: Newtonmore Art Work.

Phase 1 - Is to select a short list of candidates who have completed and expression of interest.

Phase 2 - Is to pay a commission of £1000 to selected candidates to present detailed proposals.

From these we hope to select a winning proposal to be commissioned, with the aim for the project to be complete by Summer 2020. The commissioning of the selected art work will be subject to all necessary funding being in place. We have set an initial budget cost of £30k for the complete project including installation.

Purpose and Themes

The main purpose is to create a focal point in the village of Newtonmore that will help promote the village, community and commerce. Key elements that we wish to be part of the artwork would be:

  • People
  • Shinty
  • Walking
  • Gaelic and Musical Heritage
  • Sense of History
  • Wildcats
  • Centre of Scotland
  • River Spey
  • Trees and Forestry

The Newtonmore Art Installation will celebrate the heritage, history, culture, sporting prowess of Newtonmore, and what binds the community together is the recreational, tourism and wellbeing of the village.

Other Considerations

  • We are not restricting ourselves to one piece of art work and would be happy to have a combination of connected items located in the same area and that may include maps, words, sculpture, drawings.
  • We have set an initial estimated budget of £30k for the completed installation.
  • We are looking for something distinct, timeless and durable, taking in the potential themes as set out in section 2
  • The installation should be robust and be able to deal with wear and tear and cope with temperature ranges between -30°C to 30°C
  • Required to fit with the village square and which is the current location of the Christmas Tree in December.


Phase 1 - Initial submissions of Interest
This phase is to identify and select artists who may be interested in developing a proposal for the village. In order to be selected artists will need to;

  1. Submit a CV
  2. Examples of similar commissions these can be photos or web links
  3. Description max 250 words demonstrating your understanding of the brief and your ability to translate your ideas into a completed and accepted project
  4. Description max 250 words describing your methodology on how you will interact with the village to come up with a proposal.

We would need these to be submitted by the 24th December 2018.

They can be sent by Email to

From the short submissions a short list of preferred Artists will be drawn by a panel selected from the main organisations along with a representative from the Cairngorm National Park Authority (CNPA). The evaluation criteria will be based on the following;

  1. Examples of previous work and suitability as regards Newtonmore requirements
  2. Demonstration that you understand our requirements
  3. We are satisfied that your methodology to derive a detailed proposal will work with our vision.

The successful artists will be informed of our conclusion by 14th of January 2019 and will then be asked to submit detailed submissions as per Phase 2 of project.