Call For Proposals
As the South African constitution turns 21, Constitution Hill is seeking to commission 5 artists to create 5 wall murals (one per artist), using selected walls in and around Constitution Hill. The aim of the project is to breathe new life into the site, reinventing it for a new generation of visitors.
R25 000 per artist. This includes materials, time and travel costs.
The first mural was completed on the 24th June 2017 . The remaining four wall murals need to be completed by 15 September 2017
The first mural was completed & launched during the Basha Uhuru Youth Festival
The remaining four wall murals will be launched on 24 September 2017. There will be a marketing campaign to create awareness about this project.
“Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past, and today it is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens.
It is a place of contrasts: of injustice and justice, of oppression and liberation.
There is perhaps no other site of incarceration in South Africa that imprisoned the sheer number of world-renowned men and women as those held within the walls of the Old Fort, the Women’s Jail and the famous Number Four jail cell. The likes of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Joe Slovo, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandle and Fatima Meer all served time there.”
In 1996, when Constitution Hill opened, with an academic, museum-style look-and-feel, one unusual intervention created more PR marketing exposure than anything else. Judge Albie Sachs started an art collection at the Court, a remarkable collection, and he started talking about it. The media loved it, and the word spread.
Art was able to touch on the many aspects of the history of South Africa which are reflected in the site, and also to inspire people to look towards building the future. That’s the great unique selling proposition of Con Hill – it connects past (the old structures) with the present (the city surrounding it) and a carefully supported, stable future (the Court).
Art runs in the veins of Con Hill, and it has a remarkable array of significant sites – on the ramparts, in front of the Court, inside the prison complexes
As South Africa’s Constitution approaches its twenty-first year, nowhere is its symbolic importance felt more powerfully than at Constitution Hill. It is essential to refresh the space and entice locals (especially the youth) and visitors alike to visit and revisit this storied site.
Art builds a bridge between the Constitution Hill, the media and the public.
“Con Hill remembers the horrors of the past, and yet embraces the promises of the future, marrying them with the reality of the present. It is home to the Constitutional Court, the birthplace of our democracy and protector of our human rights.”
South Africa’s constitution has been tested by politicians, business people, civil society groups and ordinary citizens over years – especially in recent high-profile cases. However, many South Africans don’t understand the critical role played by the Constitutional Court, and are not aware that the court sits at Constitution Hill and is open to the public.
The objective of this project is to draw attention to three key aspects: the past (Con Hill’s rich history), the present (South Africa’s current narrative) and the future (individual or collective hope) through large-scale, high impact artworks. This may be done by examining the role the constitution plays at an individual level, at community level or at the level of the country.
Emotive and controversial stories are acceptable because we want art that transforms viewers in a way that traditional museums displays can’t. The murals need to reflect what is happening in South Africa and they need to draw media and the public’s attention.
Social media will play an important role in conveying these images to the world and will help Constitution Hill to attract visitors to see the artworks and photograph them. Artists should therefore consider the way the artworks can be photographed for maximum impact, especially for social media.
The project will have two phases: the first is five wall murals on the walls around the Old Fort, and the second will feature sculptures and installations. Calls for entry for the second phase will be announced at a later date.
Life expectancy of the murals
The expectation is that the work will have a lifespan of no less than one year.
In the event that the work is damaged, whether maliciously or accidentally, Constitution Hill will contact the artist to discuss the possibility of repairing the work (at the expense of Constitutional Hill) or the removal of the work if it is beyond repair.
Consitutiton Hill will assess applications in the week following the final submission date. Once the artists have been selected, they will be required to sign an agreement and develop design documentation for approval by the Constitutional Hill. This design documentation will include the proposed mural, paint specifications and timings.
The first mural was completed on the 24th June 2017.
Timeline for the remaining four murals, due before 15 September 2017:
|Briefing Artists (Artist to Ask Q&As)||17 – 28 July 2017|
|Artists Submit Artwork||11 August 2017|
|Artwork Approved||21 August 2017|
|Artist Contracted & 70% payment||28 August 2017|
|Commence Execution of Mural||4 September 2017|
|Completion of all Murals||22 September 2017|
|Launch all 4 murals||24 September|
R25 000 has been allocated to each artist. This budget needs to cover all costs related to the execution of the murals, including but not limited to:
- Research and design development
- Artist’s fee
- Design execution
- Writing material (design documentation, artist biography)
- Project evaluation
- Appearance at the launch event (should there be one)
Constitution Hill has the right to use the artists images and video material that will be produced during his/her time when producing the mural. This will be used on all Constitution Hills advertising platforms for the duration of 12 months from date 01 August 2017 to date 30 August 2018. Constitution Hill will not be required to remove any of the produced images or videos from their digital platform, however they will cease promotion thereof through means of paid advertising, at the end of the usage period.
How to Apply
- The artist will be contacted directly by the project management team
- The artist will submit their proposal for the wall mural
- All proposals will be reviewed by Constitution Hill
- Should their proposal be accepted, the artist will need to sign an agreement with organizers before work on the mural will commence
- The artist will be given their mural due date and associated timeline.
All enquiries should be referred to:
Mobile: 071 865 1081
Artists are encouraged to discuss their ideas with a member of Con Hill prior to submitting their proposal(s).