Lower Marsh Art Mural: Open Call

WeAreWaterloo BID is inviting local artists and designers to submit conceptual designs for a public art mural that will be based in an iconic, high footfall and instagram-friendly space situated on Lower Marsh

Artist Brief

We are looking for artists to devise a nature inspired design, taking inspiration from the wild vegetation of the tropics and forests in Thailand, as well as the heritage and culture of the restaurant on which the site is situated. Lower Marsh itself is designated as a Greenway (a clean air walking route) which contains many green planters (some with herbs and vegetables), as well as a pocket park full of greenery. Applicants are asked to put a rough sketch together of their idea for the mural, including an example of the colour palette that will be used. The artist must have the required PLI and must comply fully with the Work at Height Regulations (2005). The Site The site itself consists of two areas, both situated on one building (Sino Thai Restaurant). The main face of the mural will replace existing bird boxes on the eastern wall of the restaurant. There are two three-dimensional ornamental vases mounted on the south wall of the restaurant which should be incorporated into the design. This could be a continuation of the main design or a stand alone piece.

Timeline and Process

The open call is now live and we will be accepting submissions through 20 February inclusive. At the conclusion of the open call, the participating artist will be selected by our community panel to translate their designs onto the site. The artist will receive £7000 to design and install the artwork.

Sino Thai History

Sino Thai Restaurant is a family-run business located in Lower Marsh, Waterloo, serving traditional Thai & Chinese cuisine for over 20 years. With the restaurant passing onto the 3rd generation of the family and with all the changes in the area, we feel that now is the right time to revamp the traditional restaurant's fascia. By adding a modern & youthful design to the building, we are certain this will provide an uplift to both the restaurant and the Lower Marsh / Leake Street area.

To apply Please email alex@wearewaterloo.co.uk by COB 20 February 2020 with:

– Mural sketch proposal

– Description of how the artwork relates to the brief

– Examples of previous work (ideally public art murals/hoarding etc)

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