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Friday, December 12, 2014

Mural on Cumberland Street Day Centre: Artist Brief

From Sustrans

Artist brief

Mural on Cumberland Street Day Centre, Dumfries

Sustrans in partnership with D&G Council are seeking to commission an artist to create a mural on one of the walls of the Cumberland Street Day Centre. This proposal would complement the work within the Neighbourhood Design project in the Queen Street area.

About the organization

Sustrans is the leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. We work with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.

Neighbourhood Street Design Project, Dumfries 

Street Design is a community- led programme that works with local residents to make their streets safer and more attractive places to travel through on foot and by bike, socialise and play on. Our project in Dumfries is centred in a neighbourhood close to town centre and encompasses four streets: Queen Street, Cumberland Street, McLellan Street, Brooke Street (hereafter The Neighbourhood).
This unique project is being delivered in partnership with the Strategic Housing Department of Dumfries and Galloway Council and Sustrans.
Since the project began in May 2013 we have been working on features to slow down traffic, plans to improve public areas using greenery and art work and helping to create a sense of community. Residents have been involved in every step offering ideas and views, helping us organising events and proposing new activities and community events.
The key plans of the project include improvements at the Queen Street –Shakespeare Street and raised tables in main crossroads.

The mural project will support our aspiration to build on the resident’s desire for more art work, greenery and features that add more interest and variety to the neighbourhood.


Streets and spaces can become safer places when increase levels of natural surveillance and feelings of ownership. Adding colour and variety to unloved and un-owned spaces can have a real positive impact on the feelings of safety and behaviour within and area.
Residents have come up with the idea of having a mural in the neighbourhood. They looked for different places where it could be located, and the blank wall on the side of the Day Centre facing onto Brooms Rd car park has been chosen for to the potential to become an attractive gateway into the neighbourhood. There are also plans for enhancing this small corner (see photo below) with greenery, a gateway and improving the pavers. 


The mural will be painted on the wall of the Day Centre facing Brooms Road Car Park (see photo above).
The design needs to be welcoming and could use the character of the neighbourhood and its residents as an influence
Size: W 6.0m x H 3.0m + W 4.60m x H 3.0 m separated by a window
The mural will be applied to a wall that is open to the elements and forms part of a busy thoroughfare between the car park and DGOne leisure centre.

Consideration needs to be given to the following;
1 Choice of materials used so as to avoid long term damage to the building – in particular to not inducing damp issues in the wall.
2 The location of the site and the potential for vandalism
3 The potential of the site to be more than it is.

Selection method and criteria
Residents from the neighbourhood alongside a Sustrans employee and an expert in public art will be invited to form an Art Group art to manage the project and report to the wider public. The Art Group will shortlist candidates till we have a total of 3 Shortlisted artists will be invited to present before residents at an open event, where residents will decide the best candidate.

Selection criteria:
Artist’s experience in the public realm. In case of a team, the experience of the whole team will be take in to account (10points)
Appropriateness of proposal to site and neighbourhood (20 points)
Scope for community involvement (15 points)
Value for money, achievable (10 points)
Technical viability - longevity or resilience of materials(10 points)
Environmental sustainability (5 points)
Potential to help Sustrans and D&G Council meet their aims and objectives - design, environment, community, regeneration (10points)

A fee of £3,500 should include all design work, materials and delivery of the work, community work


Deadline for proposals                 15th February
Shortlisted                                    28th February
Public presentation and selection 15th March
Final designs submitted               30th March
Delivery of designs on site          15th May

To apply:
Application to consist of a brief initial idea (or several options) in any format you feel is appropriate including:
Name of the artist or team of artist, contact details.
A proposal (outlining your intentions behind the design) sketches/
A project breakdown with approximate timescale and budget.
A short statement about your work
A current CV
Visual evidence of your previous work - website/URL/video/social media where your work can be viewed online, and/or attached images/portfolio of relevant projects


Email your application to: Linda Evans, Officer Manager:
Or by post: Sustrans Scotland, Rosebery House. 9 Haymarket Terrace, EDINBURGH, EH12 5EZ

For further information or to discuss this commission please contact: Paul Ruffles, Project Coordinator:

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