Call For Proposals: City Walls

Deadline: April 5
Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), in partnership with the MetroTech BID seeks proposals for artwork to be installed on construction fences in downtown Brooklyn. Proposed works should have strong visual impact and be accessible and appropriate for the general public. Artists are encouraged to create installations that fit within the context of the site and create a visual identity for the area. This call is for 3 sites in the downtown Brooklyn vicinity. Applicants may apply for more than one site and are required to complete separate applications for each site. Brooklyn-based visual artists and collectives working in two-dimensional media are encouraged to apply. Video works will not be considered for this project.
  • Three artists/collectives will be chosen, one artist/group for each site.
  • Chosen artists/collectives will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
  • Each site includes a supply budget not to exceed $2,700.
Background In the last couple of years, downtown Brooklyn has experienced a spectacular surge in private, public development, and infrastructure improvements, but with the downturn in the economy, downtown Brooklyn has experienced the loss of office and retail jobs and a loss in retail establishments, resulting in reduced pedestrian traffic. The goal of City Walls is to integrate public art displays and construction sites to revitalize the area and create an interactive atmosphere, to recast construction sites as canvases for public art displays, transforming visual barriers into attractions. Given that the current downtown landscape is dotted with blue construction walls, jersey barriers, sidewalk sheds, and construction equipment, the opportunity to re-envision the landscape of downtown Brooklyn through this approach is unique. A network of visual experiences at high traffic locations can redefine the downtown experience for our residents, workers, and visitors while upholding our principles of a clean and safe environment.
Criteria & Guidelines:
  • 3 artists/collectives projects will be chosen; one artist or collective for each site.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one site and are required to complete a separate application for each site.
  • If an applicant is chosen for one site they cannot be chosen for an additional site.
  • Artists are encouraged to visit the sites prior to applying. All sites are outdoors and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.
  • Each site has signage posted that is required by law to remain posted at the site. This signage includes permit boards, contractor information and city contact for job site safety. Artists need to consider this signage when submitting their proposals.
  • Logistical details will need to be coordinated with BAC and MetroTech BID staff. Applicants may be contacted for additional information during the course of the application review process in order to ensure a mutual agreement about the details of the project. As a result, please be as comprehensive as possible in your application, understanding that you may need to be flexible with regard to the final project agreement.
  • Chosen artists/collectives should be available for a start date no later than the week of May 10, 2010 and will need to complete the project in approximately 3 weeks.
  • Artists must have the capability to complete the project within the allotted time frame.
  • Chosen projects will be visible for as long as the construction barriers remain. Construction barriers are subject to removal and reconfiguration at any time. Artists should consider this in the context of their proposal.
  • Proposals will be considered based on feasibility and merit.
  • Chosen artists will be contacted by the week of April 26, 2010.
  • To qualify for this program you MUST be on Brooklyn Arts Council?s Artist Registry. Any artist living or working in Brooklyn can sign up by clicking Join Site; IT?S FREE.
Application Process: Please complete the online application form(s) by 5pm on April 5, 2010. Be prepared to upload your resume, project budget, contact information for yourself and 2 references and up to 3 files that illustrate your proposal.
Site A View Images For Site A
  • Construction site barriers on Bridge Street between Willoughby Street and Fulton Street
  • This site has 3 perpendicular surfaces measured from left to right. All dimensions are approximate.
    8 feet H x 16 feet W
    8 feet H x 128 feet W
    8 feet H x 16 feet W
Apply For Site A
Site B View Images for Site B
  • Construction site barriers on Lawrence Street between Willoughby Street and Fulton Street
  • Approximate Dimensions: 8 feet H x 90 feet W
Apply for Site B
Site C View Images for Site C
  • Construction site barriers on Duffield Street between Willoughby Street and Fulton Street
  • Approximate Dimensions: 8 feet H x 80 feet W
Apply for Site C