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St. Katherine's Fencing Commission

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:00

Call for Expressions of Interest – St Katharine’s Fencing Commission | Public Art Opportunity

Who: Artists / Designers / Makers

What: Expressions of Interest are invited for a new semi-permanent public art commission in east London. The Expression of Interest should consist of a short CV/biog clearly demonstrating prior and relevant experience, and up to 6 examples of previous works. Format must be digital.

What: The commission is for a semi-permanent sizeable work/s to be created or installed on the boundary fencing at the new St Katharine’s Precinct, Limehouse, Tower Hamlets. (Part of the larger Royal Foundation of St Katharine site)

The commissioning body is interested in artists able to create design solutions that:

  • Will create and maintain meaning and relevance to the site both now and in the future (minimum lifespan of 2 years)
  • Are sympathetic to the existing fencing, and that soften the industrial look and feel
  • Encourage visitors and members of the public onto the site
  • Intervenes across the length, or part length of the boundary (i.e. is not limited to one panelled area)
  • Considers the current aesthetic of The Precinct (brand, material qualities etc).

The work could be:

  • a paint application directly onto the fencing
  • a textile or fabric artwork woven or installed into the fencing
  • sculptural or relief works in a suitable material

The full brief will be available for the selected shortlist only. Total commission value including all fees, materials, fabrication and installation as required: £3,500 including VAT.

Themes: The shortlisted artists will be requested to consider the following themes and concepts:

  • The history and heritage of the site (see and the local community – the Royal Foundation of St. Katherine was founded on what became St. Katherine’s Dock in 1147 so has a lot of heritage!
  • The current use and activity of the Precinct Site (see

Practical Considerations: The artwork will be created direct onto, or installed into/on, the existing fencing. The work must be durable and low maintenance.  The fence needs to remain secure, without finger or footholds. The artwork will primarily be viewed from outside the site, but should be accessible from both sides of the fence – for visitors and staff from inside the site, and the wider public on outside of the site. Any additions to the fence must consider appropriate weight and wind-bearing tolerances.

Where: Please send your expression of interest digitally to Please mark your submission – St. Katherine’s followed by your first and second name in the subject line of the email.

When: Closing date Wednesday 20th April 2016 12 noon.

What next: A shortlist of 3 artists will be invited to work up more detailed proposals for a panel that will (most probably) take place on Thursday 5 May.

Download the Expression of Interest info (includes map and images)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 to Wednesday, April 20, 2016