STAFF-ONLY: Call-out for Public Art Commission Expressions of Interest

The University of Reading is seeking Expressions of Interest for the second in a series of public art commissions for campus. The commissions will use ‘the library’ as a conceptual, metaphorical, academic, physical, spatial and poetic starting point.


Following an external commission for the first project, this project will be an internal commission, open only to employees of the University of Reading. This includes anyone with a substantive employment contract at the University of Reading as of the deadline, regardless of grade or role. It includes those on fixed-term contracts. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of their experience leading similar projects in the past, as well as support from their Head of School/Department/Function and/or their line manager.


The internal commission will have a total budget of £25,000. This will include all costs, including materials, fabrication, and the employee’s time which will be arranged as a buyout (or buy-in) based on their existing contract of employment with the University. The applicant(s) cannot be paid on a freelance basis for this commission.


The output(s) of the commission are not defined in advance and will be articulated by the applicant. Due to the nature of the funding, there should be a tangible and lasting element to the outputs, situated in the University campuses.

In addition to a tangible piece of work, we expect to see evidence of one or more of these outcomes achieved by the commission:

  • Traditional research output
  • Forging interdisciplinary connections
  • Work towards an identified research bid, or part of an existing research project or grant
  • Enhance existing or propose new teaching and learning practices
  • Contributing to other University activities or priorities, such as public engagement and widening participation

Although not a requirement, we encourage projects that demonstrate collaborative working within the University.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest is Monday 10 February 2020, 12 noon.

For further information and to apply please download the full brief here:

Call-out for Expressions of Interest – staff public art commission

Arts Ambassadors sought: never closer to midnight

Arts Ambassador role – paid

required for up to 10 hours between 24-26 September, £8.38 per hour


I am looking for up to four Arts Ambassadors to help spread the word about a free, live art event happening on campus on the 26 September, as part of the Reading Thames Festival.


‘never closer to midnight’ is a meditative, rhythmic outdoor live art installation, exploring our felt sense of urgency in the face of climate change.


The project draws inspiration from the Doomsday Clock imagined by scientists in 1947 to convey threats to humanity and the earth. Through repetition of human action and the familiar image of the clock, the work seeks to evoke conflicting senses of scale in the face of an individual’s response to the climate emergency.


The work will be performed twice during the afternoon of September 26th in Palmer Quad. It will be free to attend and will be drop in – so it doesn’t matter how long you stay for to watch or at what point you arrive.


Ambassadors will be roaming Whiteknights campus on the day and the previous day, telling people about the event and encouraging them to come and watch.

During the event, some ambassadors will also be needed to steward the performances, ensuring that people remain safe and being an information point.


Skills required:

Comfortable talking to people

Outgoing and friendly

Responsible and punctual

Able to work alone



Interest in arts and/or events

Interest in theme of climate change and environmental sustainability

Please apply by 18 September via Campus Jobs


‘Future Thinking’ project: Call-out for Artist or Creative Designer

We are seeking to engage a freelance artist or creative designer to develop existing or new artwork which engages with one or more of the themes of Biodiversity, Urban Environment, or Climate Resilience.

The artist will develop interactive, multi-sensory work and will design and deliver five interdisciplinary ‘Challenge Days’ centred on the artwork for pupils aged 11-16, and SEN students. These will be delivered at the Museum of English Rural life between 17-30 June.

The artist will be invited to collaborate with selected researchers from the University of Reading, primarily working across discipline areas related to our Environment theme.

This project is co-delivered by the Arts Development Officer, and the Impact Officer (lead for the Environment theme), with support from the Student Recruitment and Outreach Office, and from MERL. Support from all these areas will be available to the artist throughout the project.

Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 25 February. Please download the brief  for full information! Future Thinking Artist Brief – University of Reading

The project has been made possible through funding committed via the University of Reading’s Access and Participation Plan.