South Georgia Heritage Trust > Site-Specific Commission at Grytviken Whaling Station

South Georgia Heritage Trust and Friends of South Georgia Island are hosting an international competition that will engage creative practitioners from varying artistic disciplines to develop a site-specific commission to celebrate the whale through a reinterpretation of Grytviken’s former Flensing Plan (the site where whales were landed and processed). This is an inspirational project, an opportunity to create a legacy for the future, a message of hope for the natural world and a reinterpretation that will challenge visitors to consider man’s changing relationship with nature and in particular with the whale.

The chosen applicant(s) will create a creative intervention that will set the scene for visitors to Grytviken. Its purpose is to help visitors interpret Grytviken’s past and present and to celebrate the recolonisation of whales, seals, seabirds and plant life, thanks to excellent British stewardship and environmental management of South Georgia’s terrestrial and marine environments.

This commission is part of a cultural heritage programme to communicate a poignant message about our changing attitudes to nature and the need for resolute stewardship of our oceans and the natural world.

The competition will take place in two phases, over a period of around six months, with applicants invited to submit preliminary proposals followed by a shortlisting process.

The winning proposal will receive:

  • Artist Fee £50,000 (incl. of VAT if applicable).
  • A production budget of between £150,000 – £2,000,000. This budget must include all costs associated with the artform, including items such as design, shipping, construction.

See the South Georgia Heritage Trust website for a full timeline and a substantial package of supporting information.

Deadline: 12 January 2020

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