Public Art Competition

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) and BBS Construction would like to invite artists to develop public art for the new café building within Mote Park, a much-needed community regeneration project. The artwork is to last a minimum duration of 10 years.

BBS Construction is on site building a new £2.5m café, new WC facilities and estate services building on behalf of MBC and the local community.

The redevelopment is a key part of MBC’s plans to regenerate Mote Park and encourage both new and returning visitors into the county town.

Aspirations for the artwork:
There is a strong preference for any public art to be based on the theme of ‘the history of Mote Park’ – for example, memories of the past, people and children using the park over the years, the parks significant links to Maidstone.

Artists are free to work in any medium and to interpret the history of Mote Park theme in any way they wish. Artists are encouraged to explore new technologies and creative ideas for the design and development of the public art, but the final work must be permanent, accessible to all ages of the public and conceived with a clear understanding of the location and footfall the area will experience. Artists are also invited to consider how their piece of public art could be used to raise the profile and celebrate not just Mote Park, but Maidstone and it’s heritage.

There is a preference for a digital/AR app or some kind of interactive artwork trail around the park, but other ideas will be considered (e.g. single stand-alone sculpture).

The artwork should be creative, interactive, eye-catching and appealing to all ages and abilities, to be enjoyed by families of all backgrounds.

The creation of artwork concepts must involve engagement with local school/s. The commissioned artist will be expected to carry out a number of public engagement activities with local schools and/or community groups. The final number will be agreed once the commission is awarded.

For full details of this public art compition, artist brief and how to submit your entry, please CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the ARTIST BRIEF.