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Glenaladale Sculpture Forest

Call for Proposals (April 14, 2021)

The walkabout planned for Thursday 6 May has been postponed due to rain. Please contact vcglenaladalepei@gmail.com for new date.

Project Background

Glenaladale Heritage Trust is requesting proposals from emerging and established Prince Edward Island artists/artisans for permanent works to be displayed in the new Glenaladale Sculpture Forest, located on the east side of 257 Blooming Pt Rd. in Tracadie Cross, PEI.

This initiative is being undertaken as part of Glenaladale Heritage Trust’s planned activities celebrating the 250th anniversary of the 1772 arrival of the Glenaladale Settlers to the Island. The themes reflect Glenaladale’s strong ties to the social history of Prince Edward Island.

A registered charity incorporated in 2015, Glenaladale Heritage Trust’s mandate is to preserve the 530 acre Glenaladale Estate and to oversee its development as an important heritage site and cultural destination. More information on the Trust, our projects and the Estate can be found at glenaladalepei.com.

Glenaladale Sculpture Forest is being created in collaboration with Creative PEI and the Confederation Centre of the Arts, with funding assistance from Canadian Heritage.

Call for Submissions

We are seeking to install as many as 10 permanent pieces in the Glenaladale Sculpture Forest by September 2022. Official unveiling of the Glenaladale Sculpture Forest is slated for 25 June, 2022. If possible, commissions not completed by June 2022 will be finished on site during the summer of 2022.

Types of Works: Preference will be for sculptural forms, but consideration will be given to all forms of media. All works must be suitable for year-round outdoor public display in a trail environment, with a minimum lifespan of 7 years with minimal maintenance.

Artist/Project Fees: Fees will be paid for selected commissioned works, with a suggested budget of $3,000-$15,000 (including material and installation costs) per proposal. The budget will be assessed as part of the selection process; proposals without a budget will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Location: Artworks will be installed along the North Trail, Glenaladale Woods (see trail map below).

Themes:

  • HOME (suggested considerations): What does Home mean to you? What is your experience of Prince Edward Island as Home? For those with an ancestry on the Island, what would those ancestors say about the Island as Home?
  • Who We Were, Are, and Will Be (suggested considerations): How do we tell the stories of the Island’s people? What changes have we seen over the course of time? What changes will we see in the future? What does it mean to be an Islander?

Selection Criteria: Proposals will be selected by a jury of community members, professional arts workers and members of the Board of Glenaladale Heritage Trust. Selection will be based on artistic merit, feasibility, durability, safety aspects, and originality.

Consideration will be given to those who present a qualifying idea but lack the technical skills to take that idea through to fruition. Collaborations are also welcome.

Successful applicants will be expected to prepare written and/or video presentations of the concept behind the design and the process involved in its creation. These will be used on-site and in the Trust’s multi-media promotional materials as applicable.

Site Walkthrough and Proposal Consultation: Attendance at an on-site presentation by the facilitators on 6 MayTBD and/or an independent walkabout of the trail before developing the concept for submission is strongly recommended. For further information and to register for the site visit call 902-218-8533 or email vcglenaladalepei@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions: 8 p.m. 1 July 2021 All applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by 16 July 2021.