Artist Commission Oceansgate Plymouth, Plymouth City Council

Devonport Dockyard


Artist Commission





Jodie Bishop


Plymouth City Council is seeking to commission a site-specific contemporary artwork for the exciting new Oceansgate development.

Situated on the southern edge of Devonport Dockyard, one of the largest naval dockyards in Europe, Oceansgate will bring businesses together to create a world-class hub for marine industries. The existing industrial buildings and docks will be transformed to create the first exclusively marine Enterprise Zone in the UK.

We are looking for an imaginative artist intervention in the public space at the gateway to the Oceansgate campus. The piece will have an important role in signalling the evolving contribution the former South Yard has made to Plymouth, and the continuum of working skills, on land, in support of maritime endeavour at sea.

A capstan, dating from 1939, has been removed and will be carefully restored and relocated on the site. The new artwork must either incorporate the capstan itself or provide a contemporary response which enhances its interpretation.


The fee for the commission is £18,000 inclusive of artist time materials, installation costs and expenses.

To Apply

At this stage we are inviting expressions of interest and require the following information:
1. CV including artist statement
2. Outline of proposed concept and approach to project (Max 2 sides of A4)
3. Maximum 3 examples of previous work relevant to this commission

Short listed applicants will be offered a fee to develop a more detailed proposal for stage 2 interviews.

Please send expressions of interest to by midnight on Monday 17 April.

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17th April 2017


Jodie Bishop