Artist commission for Hebburn

Closing date:

The Cultural Spring

South Tyneside Council and Project Management lead The Cultural Spring are seeking expressions of interest from artists, sculptors, and creatives to design a new public artwork(s) for Hebburn town centre.

The vision for this commission is to create public art which is inspirational and inclusive, enhancing Hebburn town centre and creating a positive and engaging focal point for the public. This commission is funded through the United Kingdom Shared Prosperity Scheme (UKPSF). 

Please download the full brief and accompanying information below before applying.

Hebburn is in South Tyneside and has a population of approximately 18,000 residents. The town has a strong history of mining dating back to the 1700s, including the introduction of the Davy Lamp in 1812. The town was also the location for A. Reyrolle & Company, an engineering firm that employed over 12,000 people. Over the last decade South Tyneside Council have invested in a number of projects in Hebburn. Between November 2023 and January 2024, the council also undertook several consultation events about what the future might look like for Hebburn Town Centre, Riverside Park and Hebburn surroundings.

There are two options to choose for this commission:

Option 1: Mural / Wall Feature
The mural /wall feature is located on the Iona Club and Asda supermarket walls (two locations). This is a brick and rendered wall. South Tyneside Council and The Cultural Spring are looking for a design to attach to the wall, not painted directly on it. Outline specifications are enclosed in the information pack. 

Option 2: Wayfinding Sculptures
The council and The Cultural Spring invite proposals for six sculptures to create a wayfinding route along the precinct, and Paul Younger Energy Centre and Hebburn Metro station. (see enclosed link and images in the pack attached to this brief).

The key objectives for the artwork(s) are:

  • The artwork(s) to provide a strong representation of the theme(s) outlined in this brief and has been informed by the community engagement process
  • A high standard of finish appropriate to the artwork that must be robust and able to be cleaned/maintained without excessive costs
  • If required, a proposed lighting and installation method for the artwork (not included in the budget)
  • The work needs to be sensitive and appropriate to its location(s)
  • The proposal is achievable within the commission budget
  • South Tyneside Council Regeneration Team and Highways are consulted throughout the design process. 


As this is a large commission in a public space, submissions are sought only from artists who have previous experience of creating public art works. Artist(s) are required to have public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance, both to the value of £5 million. 

Budget £50,000 + installation, planning and lighting costs

Deadline 6 June 2024

The first stage will be based on a short expression of interest application with a CV and previous examples of your work. The second stage will involve the chosen artist(s) attending a site meeting, creating the design proposal and budget to be presented to the Community Panel.

Deadline for Expression of Interest: 6 June
Site visit for selected artist(s), Hebburn town centre locations: 13 June, 2pm
Deadline for submission of designs and budget: 24 July
Artist(s) interview with Community Panel 29 July, Hebburn Central Library
Artist(s) contracted by w/c 1 August
Commission(s) installed by December, with a launch event in December.

For an informal discussion please email Emma Scarr

Please e-mail the following information:

  • Short information about you
  • An up-to-date CV (maximum two pages)
  • Images of or links to previous public artwork (at least three examples), including dimensions, location, budget, and materials used
  • A short outline of Option 1 or Option 2 and your idea/approach to this commission (maximum 500 words)
  • The name and email details of two referees, at least one who commissioned your work previously.
  • Your own contact details including email address and phone number.

You can send files up to 8MB or through file sharing (Dropbox, WeTransfer).

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