York Sculpture Trail Character Commission

Make It York is looking for Yorkshire based visual artists!

York Sculpture Trail Character Commission

Make It York is looking for Yorkshire based visual artists, designers and illustrators to create a unique character or creature, bespoke to the city, that will be transformed into 3D, larger than life sculpture models  as part of a family-friendly city-wide trail in 2023.  

It is expected the sculptures will remain in situ for a period of four months and will be complimented with a programme of workshops, talks and demonstrations from our commissioned artists.  

While this trail model has been seen widely across the country, taking the form of animals and other shapes in a multitude of formats, they’re looking to create something bespoke for the city - creating their own story and narrative for residents and visitors of York to explore.

They’re looking to commission an artist to design a character or creature that represents the city, something new and something different, that they will then turn into the sculpture model for the trail. Not only that, they’re interested in the narrative and why artists have chosen to create this particular design.  

Perhaps the character plays on the heritage of York, a concept that is unearthed or has been missed from the city achieves, even a myth brought to life. Maybe this character or creature has found itself misplaced in the city, maybe it’s a fantastical never-seen-before animal, or perhaps it’s another construct entirely.  

The selected artist will be decided by Make It York. The commissioned artist will be awarded a £1000 commission fee for the design and narrative of the character alongside an additional artistic fee of £1000 to create one of the artistic designs and bring a sculpture to life as part of the trail itself. 

*They anticipate the commission design will take 4-5 days and the pro rata salary is based upon that calculation.

Deadline for applications is Friday 14th October 2022.

To find out more information for the commission and apply please visit: https://www.makeityork.com/uncategorized/2022/09/york-sculpture-trail-character-commission/ 

Header Image Credit: Make It York

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