ArtCycle Project

Deadline now extended: to Fri 29th Jan

Forth Valley Art Beat is delighted to announce its new ‘ArtCycle’ eco-art project for 2021 with three new outdoor based commissions currently open for proposals. 

Forth Valley Art Beat is delighted to announce its new ‘ArtCycle’ eco-art project for 2021 with three new outdoor based commissions currently open for proposals. 

‘ArtCycle’ will encompass the exploring of our outdoor local habitats and environments, sustainable travel, and the cultural creativity of the Forth Valley, developing a series of temporary outdoor artworks along mapped ‘quieter’ routes. 

Rather than the usual artist open studios that FVAB usually centres around, in 2021 we will focus the event around a two-day weekend event for artists and makers to take place in a central Forth Valley location, as well as encouraging other creative organisations to host works in the outdoors across the Forth Valley during June. 

We currently invite applications for three new eco-art commissions to form a central focus to the overall summer programme:

-An outdoor installation in and around Falkirk – suggestions include outdoor areas of Callendar House, Park or Woodland, or Falkirk Canal (other sites can be proposed). Commission fee £2000 plus materials budget up to £850.

-A trail-based (small series of works) outdoor installation for along a section of the NCN 765 cycle route (between Stirling and Doune). Commission fee £2000 plus materials budget up to £850.

-Cycle leader/performer or participatory artist, to lead three cycling based events from Falkirk or Stirling incorporating some performative or participatory aspect (such as spoken word, storytelling, photography, foraging for eg). Commission fee £1600.

Contemporary, visually striking works that respond to ideas of people & place, local environments, sustainability, wellbeing, ecology, or other eco-art related areas are sought. We are open to specific locations within the two areas for the placement of works (the above sites are mentioned as suggestions only, see also maps below). There are no limits for the length of proposed trail, each can occupy a small stretch or link together a number of locations over a wider area. Each selected artist will be expected to carry out a cycle tour, walk or talk with the public as part of their commission. 

Proposals should be sent to [email protected] outlining a brief description of the proposed physical work (250 to 400 words), together with details and reasons for your proposed site/s, and a materials budget for the planned work. Also please include an artist statement, recent cv, and web url link to view previous work. (Please send as one pdf of no more than 4 pages in total, with 4 jpeg images of recent work attached to your email). All works will be installed for at least one month (June 2021), with support provided with permissions and the installing of work. 

All Scotland-based artists are welcome to apply.

Selection Process:
This project is devised and curated by Rosy Naylor (curator of Art Walk Projects, who has developed previous art walking and cycling projects such as FootPrint), working alongside Avril Nicol (founder and director of Forth Valley Art Beat, and director of the &Gallery).

Deadline for applications: 29th January 2021
All applicants will be notified of decisions by 12th February 2021.

Please feel free to contact us in advance to discuss any proposal you may like to develop:
Telephone Rosy Naylor 07941 710304 Email [email protected]

Related links & Images:
View NCN Map of Forth Valley Cycle routes

Area in and around Falkirk
Area of NCN 765 Cycle path between Stirling and Doune

The project is supported by funding from the National Lottery Awards for All Fund and Paths for All (Smarter Choices, Smarter Places).