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Open call commission presented by National Sculpture Factory & Cork Opera House

Open call commission presented by National Sculpture Factory & Cork Opera House

National Sculpture Factory & Cork Opera House present a new open-call commission for the summer of 2019 in association with Cork Midsummer Festival. 
Closing date for submissions - 12pm (noon) Friday 29th March!

This commission is a site specific or a material specific commission intertwined with the Cork Opera House’s former TOYOTA roof signs. Originally hung in the 1980’s as part of a partnership deal between motor company Toyota and Cork Opera House, the Toyota signs appeared on 3 sides of the Opera House fly tower - north, east and west, in a prominent position in city landscape. Initially the eye-catching TOYOTA signs did not meet with universal approval but were later to become iconic fixtures in the Cork cityscape and local folklore. The sponsorship arrangement played an important part in Cork Opera House’s continued growth and is part of the continued success of the cultural institution. Work began in the last few years to remove and replace the signs – a project which was completed in 2018 and the red Perspex and aluminium (1.5m) letters are now currently in storage awaiting their new life.

To honour the place these signs have held in Cork city folklore the National Sculpture Factory and the Cork Opera House are offering an artist an opportunity to re-commission the remaining letters; their material or parts thereof into a new temporary artwork that could be installed during this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival 2019. The commissioners invite the artist to take into consideration these elements: the signs material make-up; the context and social history of these signs; the Cork Opera House building as a location for installation of the final artwork; alongside the artist’s vision. Its is important that the signs or elements of the signs, no matter how small, should be incorporated into the artist’s final proposal.

For more info on the commission and how to apply, visit the National Sculpture Factory website: