South of England-based arts group SPUD has launched a competition for an arts Observatory to be sited in four different landscapes.

Arts group launches competition for arts venue set in landscape

The Observatory will, says SPUD, ‘create a unique and exciting sculptural and architectural structure, which is directly accessible by the public. It will offer artists the opportunity to  engage with a specific place, providing space and shelter to undertake their investigations and share with an audience. It will be an inter-disciplinary project involving artists, other professionals and students providing creative learning opportunities throughout all phases.‘

It continues, ‘The Observatory needs to intrigue people and act as a beacon that draws attention to a place – in this case four very special locations along southern England from the South Downs to the River Tamar. The Observatory will need to be movable, flexible and reconfigurable. It will offer opportunities for a variety of artists (working in differing media) to create new work in response to the special locations.’

The closing date for expressions of interest is 6 February,  and full submissions have to be made by 28 February. See the full competition brief here.

SPUD, which stands for ‘Space, Placemaking and Urban Design’ is the organisation behind the Exbury Egg, the floating wooden egg in which artist Stephen Turner is spending a year on the Beaulieu River estuary.


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