Kilden - artworks competition

Public Art Norway (KORO) invites artists working within the fields of visual art, arts and craft and other visual expressions designers, to participate in a pre-qualifying round for two large-scale and distinctive commissions, a 3000m2 concrete floor and the second-floor foyer.

“Kilden”, the new Performing Arts Center will have a unique architectural presence and will stand as a landmark building in Kristiansand. The primary architectural feature is the inclined, undulating wall facing the quayside. The building will house four performing spaces with seating for over 2200 visitors. The commissioned artworks are intended to highlight Kilden as a meeting place that opens up for a broad spectrum of aesthetic experiences. The Art Committee is seeking candidates for two parallel competitions, for two large-scale and distinctive projects:

  1. The concrete floor: An artwork is envisaged that will interact with the 3000 m2 area from the quayside to the foyer. It is intended that this large indoor/outdoor area will create the identity of a classic cultural concourse. The intention is to create a unique identity for this site for both the visitors to the Centre, as well as passers-by. Close collaboration with the architect and other relevant specialists during the competition period will be necessary.
  2. The second-floor foyer: An artwork that adapts the inclined, undulating wall that runs the full 95-meter length of the building. The height ranges from 2.7 to 6.4 meters. This is an area where audiences will gather before a performance or during the interval. This suggests an unobtrusive, abstract artwork that takes into consideration the audience’s expectations, discussions and reflections. A range of solutions could be possible: including painting/wall drawing; light/projection; sculpture / relief / installation; tactile materials. Close collaboration with the architect and other relevant specialists during the competition period will be necessary.

The application to the pre-qualification phase must not exceed 10 A4 pages. It should contain a CV, a statement on relevant experience, and documentation of previous projects. Unless a stamped and addressed return envelope is included, all submitted material will be destroyed.

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Mark the envelope “Kilden” and send to:
Postboks 6994, St Olavs Plass
0130 Oslo, Norway

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