Artbox seeks to find artists to complete commissions for vacant shopfronts. These commissions are intended to liven up high streets where business closures have impacted the amenity of precincts. For this project, we are curating a number of art displays that are physical, dynamic/ kinetic/ interactive and kid-safe. They are intended to be on public display for a period of several days/weeks, and will be exposed to a broad, unfiltered audience, day and night. We welcome expressions of interest from diverse groups and backgrounds, that cater for diverse groups and backgrounds. We are also looking for a limited number of moving image artworks for projection.
The works can be old and have been shown before. This is not an acquisitive program.
Some shopfronts will have a very large window, some will have multiple smaller ones. Some will have a lot of depth, some might feature a nice white wall at the rear, etc. You could also add a freestanding wall/drapes to block out the rear of the space to create an enclosed display at the front. Please mention if your work is best suited for a certain type of space in your proposal.
Your budget should cover materials, production, installation, bump out and artist fees. Our first client is primarily looking for projects that can be delivered for up to $2,500 per shopfront window, but you can propose works/displays with a higher price point. When an opportunity presents itself for it, we will let you know. You can also include various price points for different degrees of complexity. Artbox does not consider any proposal that budgets artist fees below NAVA rates, and only EOIs that can safely work unattended will be considered. Small scale performance events are possible as part of a permanent installation.
To apply, please complete this simple form. There are no complex selection criteria, word limits, or convoluted requirements. We just want to hear about your ideas and will reach out if we need more information, but make sure to include the following key information:
- A brief description of the work and of the intended viewer experience
- Any specific requirements (power, space, etc.)
- Reference images/sketches are always helpful
- You’re welcome to upload documents such as your CV, portfolio, or photos of past relevant works
You can be succinct and use bullet points, this is not a formal application!
You can complete it as many times as you like to propose multiple works, we expect to be able to share several opportunities!
These are shopfronts that have been identified in current conversations, but we expect more will come up throughout Melbourne Metro as we are having conversations with multiple councils about similar programs.