Expression of Interest – Bronze Stories: City Plaques Project
Series of ten plaques – made from bronze that engage people with stories or anecdotes or history about Geelong

What is on offer?

Bringing moments of discovery and intrigue to city spaces and places.

The project:

Designed to animate the city for residents and visitors alike, this project will bring a sense of intrigue and awe to the fabric of the city through the use of plaques laden with captured moments that evoke wonder, laughter, reflection or pause. The plaques will instantly engage people through the use of powerful evocative language. The plaques should lead people on a path of discovery, unveiling the city and its stories.

The plaques will be the trigger for the bigger story which will be found on Council’s Arts and Culture App. The words might be funny or serious or curious: they will cause the reader to pause, to look around, and to look up or down or at something in particular. They will hark back to a previous time or an alternate idea or elicit a new response to the experience of the space or the place. The combination of the words and the plaque and the space will educe a kind of magic for the reader prompting a new connection with the site. This experience might be momentary, poignant, funny, mysterious, whimsical or quirky. The plaques will hint and evoke previously untold stories about Geelong, its people, its history and its built environment.

This Expression of Interest is for the generation of the stories that the plaques will hold as well as the provocative words for the plaques.  There are two distinct writing tasks, underpinned by research required for the project.

  1. Short evocative text for the plaques. The writing on the plaque will be brief, short, intriguing, tantalizing, humorous or attention grabbing.
  2. The story behind the quote/ prose/ whimsical statement. This detailed writing will be included in a designated section of Council’s Arts and Culture App. These words will be linked to the App by the plaque.

The final outcome for the project will be a series of ten plaques – made from bronze that engage people with stories or anecdotes or history about Geelong. These plaques will be installed in ten sites in central Geelong. This project traverses public art, urban design and storytelling. The aim of the project is to animate central Geelong in a unique way and bring new experiences of intimacy with the city.

Project Outline:

The project will add value to the city’s urban fabric by giving audiences the chance to reimagine central Geelong. It will produce fragments of stories that occasion magic. Engaging with the plaques and their stories will bring about an intimacy not otherwise possible. Stories need to be engaging, legible and accessible to a broad audience. The project seeks to unlock the narrative potential in central Geelong to engage people in unique ways. The over-arching thematic is to encourage people to engage at a human scale with human stories about Geelong.

Council will work with the successful contractor to determine the most suitable sites for the work. The sites chosen will be selected for a range of reasons including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Foot Traffic.
  • Historical significance.
  • Narrative capacity

Once complete the plaques and their stories will be incorporated into the City’s Arts and Culture app. The stories on the App should be approximately one hundred words long.

Council is seeking expressions of interests from qualified writers, poets or journalists to research and write content for plaques to be installed in significant sites around central Geelong. It is envisaged that the successful writer will have demonstrated experience writing engaging accessible work.

EOI Submission Requirements:

Applicants will need to demonstrate their capacity to respond to the brief. This should include:

  • A short written response to the brief (maximum of 300 words). This should demonstrate an understanding of the project .
  • A sample of previous written or published work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A brief methodology of how the project will be approached (maximum 200 words)

Project Budget:

The writers’ fee for the research and writing component of the project will be $5000 plus GST.

Project Timeline:

June 8, 2017 EOI Opens.
June, 30, 2017 EOI closes, Submissions Due.
July 7, 2017 Successful writer notified.
TBA Meeting with successful contractor.
By Negotiation with successful contractor Content submitted by successful writer.

 Project Outcome:

There are two distinct pieces of writing required for each of the ten plaques.

  1. Evocative, stimulating words that occasion a strong and engaged response from the reader. Ideally this response will be strong enough to take the reader to the App to read the extended story. There will be ten of these short pieces for reproduction on the actual plaques.
  2. Ten short pieces of writing (Approximately 100 words) that expand and expound the words on the plaque. These short narratives should also elicit wonder, awe or intrigue. Or an “imagine that” moment. They will be accessible on Council’s Art and Culture App.

Project Contacts:

Katharine Oliver

Email: KOliver@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Or

Steve Singline

ssingline@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Phone 5272 4704

Mobile 0438 961 405

Who is providing the opportunity?

City of Greater Geelong

What is the closing date or deadline?

20/06/2017

How do people book or get involved?


Project Contacts:

Katharine Oliver

Email: KOliver@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Or

Steve Singline

ssingline@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Phone 5272 4704

Mobile 0438 961 405

Location

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Expression of Interest – Bronze Stories: City Plaques Project

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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