The Auckland Tower: Shutter Panels Artwork Commission

Closing date:

The Auckland Project

An open call opportunity for UK-based artists to produce eye-catching illustrations for the nine large-scale shutter panels which adorn Auckland Tower and Visitor Centre, a recent addition to the The Auckland Project's historic site designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects. 

The chosen artist will be awarded a fee of £25,000 to create nine illustrations on the external shutter panels that speak to the rich history of Bishop Auckland and its vibrant future. The selectors include key members of The Auckland Project team including along with guest external judge Ted Carden, Assistant Professor, Northumbria School of Design, Northumbria University.

The call out is arranged by Arts&Heritage. Download the application pack which contains a brief, application form, and background information. Artists will be invited to share their existing portfolio of work and initial responses (250 words), with shortlisted artists invited to a paid interview.

The Auckland Project looks forward to receiving applications and moving one step closer to the public installation of illustrations on this groundbreaking building.

Budget £25,000 fee

Deadline 18 September 2023

Please send completed applications to

Drop-in online advice sessions will be held on Zoom between 12 – 1pm on Tuesday 4 September and Tuesday 12 September

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