THERMAE BATH SPA COMMISSION

Thermae Bath Spa is offering a £7,500 commission to produce 9 works which will be installed in the busy restaurant in September 2019. Thermae welcomes approximately 285,000 visitors through the building per year. Thermae are looking for work that is inspired by the natural thermal waters and promotes holistic wellbeing.

THERMAE BATH SPA HISTORY

Britain’s original natural thermal Spa

For thousands of years, people have bathed in the natural thermal waters of Bath. The hot springs are a wonderful, natural resource which deliver over one million litres of mineral-rich water every day. Uniquely in the UK, the mineral water is hot and contain over 42 different types of minerals.

According to legend, Prince Bladud first discovered the thermal waters around 863BC when he was cured from his skin disease – his statue still watches over the Cross Bath today! The waters are a key reason for Bath being designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and being credited as one of the Great Spas of Europe. Indeed, the word SPA is related to the Latin phrase ‘Salus Per Aquam’ or ‘Health through Water’.

In the heart of the World Heritage Site, Thermae Bath Spa is a remarkable combination of ‘old and new’ where historic spa buildings blend with the contemporary design of the New Royal Bath.

Thermae Bath Spa is open all year round. By day and by night, you can bathe in the natural thermal waters of the indoor Minerva Bath and the open-air rooftop pool from where you can enjoy spectacular views over the skyline of Bath. Additionally, you can refresh your senses in the new Wellness Suite, choose from over 30 spa treatments and sample delicious food in the Springs Restaurant.

Click here for further information about Thermae Bath Spa.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Deadline for entry is 5pm, 2 April 2019.

Submission is via online entry only. Please note that your entry will be uploaded on the deadline date – there is no ‘submit’ button.

ENTRY FEE

This opportunity is free to enter.

WHO CAN ENTER

This opportunity is open to all artists aged 18 and over, who have undertaken a commission before and resident in the UK.

Only 2D work will be accepted in any media apart from photography, maximum dimensions as follows.

7 x works – 120cm H x 80cm W (47 in x 31.5 in)

1 x work –  120cm H x 180cm W (47 in x 71 in)

1 x work –   150cm H x 100cm W (59 in x 39.5 in)

Click here to download images of the restaurant.

 

ENTRY INFORMATION

Please submit the following:

1. up to 6 images in JPEG format (max 3MB) and titled with ‘artist’s name, title of work’.

2. an up to date supporting curriculum vitae (maximum of 2 sides of A4).

3. answer the 3 following questions:

Have you undertaken a commission before (please describe)?

How long do you expect it will take to complete the commission?

What medium do you intend to use?

SELECTORS

Professor Anita Taylor

Executive Dean of Bath School of Art & Design University

Frances Hedges

Associate Editor, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country

Submission opens24 January 2019
Deadline for entry2 April 2019 @ 5pm
Notification of results12 April 2019
Shortlisted artists telephone interview15 - 19 April 2019
Selected artists produces commissioned workMay/June/July/August 2019
Deliver work to Thermae Bath SpaLate August
Install work Early September 2019

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