'Celebrating Women' arts project
Decision Maker: Director of Community & Economic Development - Tracey Birkinshaw
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To contract with The Wilson Art gallery and Museum for specialist curation and exhibition services for an 8-week socially engaged arts project, ‘Celebrating Women', as part of S106-funded Public Art.
Reasons for the decision:
The council is required to spend already committed S106 funding for the delivery of public art. To enable the council to deliver a socially engaged ‘Celebrating Women’ arts project, it is necessary to enter into a contract with The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum to provide specialist curation and exhibition services. A waiver for procurement of these services has been agreed.
Alternative options considered:
By contracting with a specialist third party, the council is able to maximise the budget, reduce budget risks and provide best value for money whilst delivering a meaningful, engaging public art project.
An alternative option considered was the commissioning of a single piece of artwork. However, limited budgets, coupled with an ambition to create an event that has the opportunity to create social benefit across a wide audience, was the preferred route.
The project proposal has been shared with the Violence Against Women and Girls Group and feedback was positive.
Contact: Sophie Barton Email: [email protected].
Publication date: 08/11/2023
Date of decision: 07/11/2023