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Call for Proposals for a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors

3 November, 2017–15 December, 2017

Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre invites proposals from artists for lasting Memorial to Conscientious Objectors and all who oppose wars in all times and all places – to be located in Princes St Gardens, Edinburgh.

Initial applications by 15 December 2017
Detailed design to be developed by 27 Feb 2018
Completion of Memorial and siting by March 2019

The Centenary of the First World War has prompted events and projects remembering those who took part in the war and the war effort – from soldiers, sailors and airmen to land girls, munitions workers and nurses. Numerous memorials in Edinburgh pay tribute to those who risked and lost their lives in that war and so many other wars. Little attention is paid however to those who oppose wars, including Conscientious Objectors (COs) – even though opposition to war and conscientious objection is a part of the life of communities and of our shared history.

Cognizant of this shared history and of the fact that there are memorials to conscientious objectors in London, Cardiff and Glasgow a consortium of a dozen community groups in Scotland appealed to the City of Edinburgh Council for permission to create a memorial to COs in Scotland’s capital city.

Proposals are now invited from suitably experienced artists / designers for the initial stage design development for the creation of a lasting Memorial to Conscientious Objectors and opponents of war.

This Memorial is to honour the courage and conviction of these brave men and women and provide a space for reflection on the meaning of their sacrifice. It should have an international vision, and should recognize opponents of all wars, past, present and future and invite reflection on the wider values of diversity, dissent and tolerance.

Artists should feel free to take any creative approach that they feel meets this brief but the work should be able to engage a broad audience and effectively transmit the purpose of the commission. It is planned that the artwork be sited outside in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, a World Heritage Site, so the design should be appropriate for this setting.

There will be a two stage selection process.
A shortlist of three to four applicants will be invited to explain their approach to the project and discuss their initial response to the brief.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to work with the Steering Group and / or other community based groups to ensure involvement of local people and inform development of the design. This will entail two or three meetings and will be facilitated by the Panel.
Site visits to the proposed location with City of Edinburgh Council Parks representatives and Steering Group representatives can also be arranged prior to interviews.
Following the first stage design development period, shortlisted artists will be asked to attend an interview to present a proposed design for the Memorial. There will then be a final selection of the preferred design.
Stage Two – Appointment
The selected artist will to be commissioned to create the Memorial, with an overall completion date, including installation, of end of March 2019. From Stage 2 onwards funding is still to be secured.

A fee of £1,500 will be paid to each of the shortlisted artists to develop design proposals. Reasonable travel costs to attend interview and consultations will be paid to the shortlisted artists at the first stage.

Visit the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre website for a full description of the project and artist brief.