Call for artist to contribute to Newhaven’s new library

CabChrisDowling (Small)AN artist is being sought to add their creative touch to Newhaven’s new library with a specially commissioned window in four panels.

East Sussex County Council announced earlier this year that three artworks will be commissioned for three new library developments with the help of a £56,000 grant from the Arts Council. All three commissions will be under the title Transparent.

The library in Newhaven is moving into a larger High Street building as part of a £1.6million revamp of the facility, and a design is being sought for a window that overlooks the bus stop and car park at the back of the building.

“This is an exciting project and a great opportunity for an artist to make their mark on a brand new library,” said Cllr Chris Dowling, lead member for community services. “We hope the chosen design will help to attract interest in the new facility.

“As well as coming up with an original design for the window, the chosen artist will be asked to share their creative process with library customers and the wider community to ensure everyone has an insight into the artist’s work.”

Artists will be asked to submit five images of previous, relevant work and write a statement of no more than 500 words detailing previous experience, their early ideas for the window and information on how the process will be shared with the community.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 7 and a decision on which artist is successful will be made by a selection panel made up of library customers, elected members, library and arts specialists.

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Installation of the artwork at Newhaven Library is expected to be complete in spring of 2015.