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

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