News & Opportunities
Studio Response welcomes applications from artists and designers for public art commissions in residential developments in Chipping Sodbury, Trowbridge and Stoke Gifford (UK).
Salisbury River Park July News
The latest community newsletter for the Salisbury River Park project can be read here. It includes updates on two of the public art commissions: Zac Newham's work with South Wilts Grammar School to create a colour palette for the park inspired by local flora and fauna, and Jane Edden's commission for the pocket park. Jane takes inspiration from nature, especially wings and is developing her design ideas by exploring how she can translate these beautiful tiny structures into an artwork.
Image courtesy of Jane Edden.
Art + People + Place: Free Creative Workshops in Hereford
Help us imagine what future public art in Hereford could be...
Local people, organisations and businesses are being invited to share their thoughts and ideas about public art in Hereford, at a series of artist-led workshops and events in June.
The workshops mark the launch of a new public art programme for Hereford - Art + People + Place - and are designed to stimulate ideas and creativity for what public art looks like and where it goes.
The Art + People + Place artist-led workshops will be held at
Unit 18, Gomond Street and citywide
15th - 23rd June 2023
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book a space.
The full workshop programme is available here.
In partnership with Herefordshire Council, The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and Studio Response
Salisbury River Park
We’re delighted to be working alongside the Environment Agency and Atkins to devise and implement a public art programme for phase 1 of the new River Park in Salisbury. The River Park is a strategically important regeneration project for the city. It will create a new green corridor of public open space along the river Avon whilst delivering essential flood risk mitigation.
You can find out how the public artworks are progressing by reading June’s Salisbury River Park Construction Newsletter.
Image shows engagement based on the ecology of the city’s chalk streams led by artist Zac Newham at a Salisbury Family Fun Day, May 2023.
Studio Response Honoured to Win Prestigious Award
We are deeply honoured to be the recipients of the Dewi-Prys Thomas Award 2023 for curating and implementing the innovative public art programme at The Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran, in collaboration with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Laing O’Rourke Construction and the architects BDP.
The Dewi-Prys Thomas Award recognizes the importance of good design to the quality of life, identity and regeneration of Wales.
The Arts Programme for the Grange was awarded by the judges for its best response to its site and context, positive contribution to the distinctiveness of the place and for addressing responsibly the environmental and social challenges of Wales in the twenty-first century.
We would like to thank the staff and patients of the Grange University Hospital and all of the incredible artists and creative producers who worked with us on the Grange Arts Programme. Our beautifully crafted medal and certificate were presented to us by Elin Wyn (chair) and Jonathan Vining of the Dewi-Prys Thomas Trust at the RSAW 2023 Welsh Architecture Awards ceremony on 25th May 2023. Diolch o’r galon.
Photograph by Whole Picture and Courtesy of the RSAW.
Art + People + Place: Artist Opportunity
Expressions of Interest are requested for four artists / creative practitioners to deliver a series of workshops and events over a three-day period in Hereford City centre. The aim is to encourage a public sharing of ideas of what public art can be for Herefordshire.
To receive a Brief to Artist and expression of interest form please email Alexander@studio-response.com – Ref: Art, People, Place Workshops.
We have secured an empty shop in the heart of Hereford City Centre between June 21st – June 23rd 2023 for the workshops and events.
The deadline for expressions of interest in Wednesday, 17th May 2023 by 5pm.
Commission Opportunity at Salisbury River Park
Studio Response in partnership with the Environment Agency, is delighted to announce a commission opportunity as part of the arts programme for the new River Park in Salisbury. The River Park is a strategically important regeneration project for the city which will create a new green corridor of public open space along the river Avon whilst delivering essential flood risk mitigation.
We seek to appoint an artist to creatively investigate the design and installation of large-scale street artworks to the Coach Park WC block in the city centre. The work will enhance the building aesthetically and also make a statement about its adjacency to the River Park, and to signpost and welcome people accordingly.
The commission therefore is for a local artist to create artworks on the building that draw inspiration from the wildlife and natural context of the River Park.
To receive the brief and for details on how to apply please contact email@example.com. The deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 22nd May 2023.
We are recruiting!
It’s an exciting time for us as we expand our team.
We’re looking for a Creative Producer to lead on the delivery of a range of public art commissions across the UK. Supported by the Co-Directors you will be responsible for the process in its entirely, from artist appointment to documentation post installation.
We anticipate that you will already enjoy a portfolio career and be working in a similar field or as a practicing artist, or both. You will believe strongly that the arts can make a difference to society, especially in the built environment.
The appointment of a Creative Producer will enable us to expand our portfolio of projects, better promote the outcomes of our commissions and identify new and exciting opportunities.
As a small studio we work together to make things happen and in a way which is non-hierarchical. On joining our team there is an expectation that you’ll get involved in this way too.
15 hours a week, 1 year fixed term contract. £25k p/a, pro rata, 0.4. £10,000. Flexible working.
Experience of curating or commissioning art in the public realm and / or managing projects in the cultural sector is essential.
Closing date: Wednesday 22nd March, 5pm.
To request a recruitment pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty Campbell Monument Wins Public Vote at Prestigious Awards
The Betty Campbell Monument has been announced as the winner of the public vote at the prestigious Public Statues and Sculpture Association PSSA Marsh Awards 2022 for Excellence in Public Sculpture.
The Betty Campbell Monument, designed and created by renowned figurative sculptor Eve Shepherd was unveiled in Cardiff city centre in September 2021 following a campaign by the Monumental Welsh Women group.
For the first time in the history of the awards, the public were given a chance to vote for their favourite work, and it was revealed at the online ceremony that the Betty Campbell Monument received over 10,000 votes.
Sculptor Eve Shepherd said,
‘I am truly honoured that The Betty Campbell Monument has won the Public vote.
Who, in my opinion, is better qualified to judge sculptures made for public spaces, than the public themselves!
A public sculpture depicting not only women, but the black community has been long overdue and I'm proud of the Monumental Welsh Women's Committee, Betty Campbell's family, the people of Cardiff and the Black community for entrusting me to represent this sculpture and an incredible woman. Thank you to all who took the time out of their busy lives to vote for The Betty Campbell Monument.’
We send our warmest congratulations to Eve and thank the PSSA and the Marsh Charitable Trust for facilitating such an important annual event.
Studio Response Highly Commended at the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2022
We are absolutely delighted and very proud that our Arts Programme at the Grange University Hospital for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board was Highly Commended in the Patient’s Choice Award at the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2022.
Judged by Patricia Wilkie, President and Chair of the National Association for Patient Participation, the Patient’s Choice Award considered all of the nominations to this year’s awards. Patricia Wilkie said of the Arts Programme for the Grange University Hospital: “This is an inspirational project involving many artists and linking the inside and outside environments. They have really considered how it would feel to be a patient or a member of staff using the building and that is to be applauded.”
We would like to sincerely thank our colleagues at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Laing O’Rourke and Gleeds, and all of the artists, designers, makers and fabricators for their invaluable contributions to the Arts Programme.
To find out more about the Arts Programme and to watch a film about its contribution to the hospital, click here.
Betty Campbell Monument Shortlisted for Prestigious Award
We are absolutely thrilled that that The Betty Campbell Monument has been shortlist for the prestigious Public Statues and Sculpture Association Marsh Award.
The Betty Campbell Monument, designed and created by renowned figurative sculptor Eve Shepherd was unveiled in Cardiff city centre in September 2021 following a campaign by the Monumental Welsh Women group.
The Public Statues and Sculpture Association Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture is decided by a judging panel. This year, the body is also giving the public a chance to vote for its favourite work.
People are invited to vote from a shortlist of nine public works of sculpture from across the UK. The Betty Campbell Monument is the only work nominated from Wales.
Voting is taking place online via the Public Statues and Sculpture Association website.
We extend our warmest congratulations to Eve Shepherd, the Monumental Welsh Women group and all of the shortlisted artists.
The Award ceremony will take place on 24th November.
Betty Campbell Monument Nominated for Prestigious Award
We are delighted to announce that the Betty Campbell Monument by sculptor Eve Shepherd and commissioned by Monumental Welsh Women has been nominated for the prestigious Public Statues and Sculpture Association's Marsh Award 2022.
We extend our congratulations to our fellow nominees!
You can read more about the Betty Campbell Monument on our project page.
Elaine Morgan Statue Unveiled in Mountain Ash
We are delighted that the Elaine Morgan statue by sculptor Emma Rodgers as been unveiled. It marks the continuation of Studio Response's partnership with Monumental Welsh Women, a not-for-profit group dedicated to recognising the contribution of Women to the history and life of Wales.
The Elaine Morgan statue is only the second statue of a named, non-fictionalised Welsh woman in Wales. It follows the successful unveiling of the Betty Campbell Monument in Cardiff in 2021.
Designed and created by renowned sculptor Emma Rodgers, the statue, a permanent immortalisation in bronze of the pioneering writer, evolutionary theorist and trailblazing feminist, was unveiled by Elaine's family in a moving ceremony outside the Meddygdfa Glan Cynon Surgery on 18th March 2022.
To find out more visit our project page.
Digital Release of Cynefin: Music from the Grange
Today (5th November 2021) sees the digital release on Ty Cerdd Records of Cynefin: music from the Grange. These music and sound commissions were created for the Grange University Hospital as part of Art for the Grange. We worked in collaboration with Tŷ Cerdd and health board staff to commission artists from a range of genres to create the music and sound installations especially for the multi-faith chapel space in the hospital. The six works were designed to improve the well-being and experience of hospital patients and visitors as well as the NHS staff that work there each day. The lead music artist was award-winning electronic composer Jo Thomas, who, together with the Tŷ Cerdd team mentored the other participating music-creators through the unique creation process. The six resulting works are:
- Cynefin: Delyth & Angharad Jenkins
- Edau Bywyd (Threads of Life): Ashley John Long
- Glaw – Shoda: Teifi Emerald
- Sketch of Nature: Jo Thomas
- Sound of the Breeze, Song of the Waves: Leona Jones
- Where the Veil is Thin: Stacey Blythe
Studio Response announced as Finalists at the Cardiff Life Awards 2021
We are so pleased and proud that Studio Response has been announced as a Finalist in the civic category at the 2021 Cardiff Life Awards.
We are incredibly grateful to all our mentors, artists, architects, designers, creative producers, partners, clients and friends for enabling us to work in delivering art in the public realm. We're especially thankful that after a very difficult 18 months we continued to be paid by our clients, and in turn we were able to pay the fees of the many creative practitioners with whom we work, which we hope went some way to sustaining their practices during this time.
Read more about the Cardiff Life Awards here: Cardiff Life Awards – Celebrating the best of Cardiff
Commission Opportunity at Gwel yr Ynys Residential Development
As part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Percent for Art scheme, Studio Response in partnership with Taylor Wimpey, is delighted to announce a major new commission opportunity for the Gwel yr Ynys residential development in Sully, Vale of Glamorgan.
Studio Response seeks to commission an artist or artist collective to create a series of site-responsive artworks that will enhance the built environment of Gwel yr Ynys and encourage its future residents to engage with and explore their doorstep green spaces. It is envisaged that the artworks will respond to the wealth of natural environments found on site and in the surrounding areas.
There is a budget of £146,000 available for this commission. Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 17th May 2021 at 5pm. For further information please contact email@example.com
Children's Nature Garden welcomes its first visitor!
Studio Response is delighted to see that the Children's Nature Garden at the Grange University Hospital has welcomed its first visitor.
Eliza, aged three, and her Mum, Amy, were the first to visit the garden yesterday (16th March 2021). Eliza was taken outside on her bed, escorted by Health Play Specialist Bev Trinder and Healthcare Support worker Carol Dance, with all the required social distancing protocols maintained.
Play Specialist Bev told us "Eliza's Mum, Amy, was overwhelmed by the experience and said how beautiful the area was and that she felt privileged for her daughter to be the first to use the facilities. As a Play Specialist I can't wait to be able to utilise this space more as COVID restrictions ease. Eliza enjoyed the bubble machine, the sunshine and the scenery and will be using the space regularly during the rest of her stay on the Children's Unit."
The Grange University Hospital's Children's Nature Garden and Healing Garden was created by artists Andy O'Rourke, Eifion Porter, Emma Price and Cecile Johnson Soliz in collaboration with staff as part of the Art for the Grange Programme curated by Studio Response on behalf of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
Photograph courtesy of Bev Trinder, with permission for use given by Eliza's Mum, Amy.
Golwg Y Mor Sculpture Trail
To celebrate the completion of the Golwg y Mor Sculpture Trail in Rhoose, artists Juneau Projects are hosting a series of free online workshops. Join in and make some wildlife inspired art! For more information and to book a place visit www.golwgymorsculpturetrail.com . Everyone who signs up will receive free set of art materials in the post.
Elaine Morgan Sculpture for Mountain Ash
We are so pleased to be working with sculptor Emma Rodgers, the Monumental Welsh Women group and Apollo Medical on the creation of a figurative sculpture to be sited in Mountain Ash to honour and celebrate the life of Elaine Morgan.
Elaine was a woman of many talents who changed the world from her desk in Mountain Ash. Excelling in both the arts and science, she became a top TV writer, a feminist icon and a ground-breaking evolutionary theorist.
You can find out more about Elaine's achievements and about the sculpture we're commissioning in Carolyn Hitt's Wales Online article: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/news-opinion/woman-who-taught-being-valleys-19239930.
This commission is part of the Wales-wide Monumental Welsh Women project. Monumental Welsh Women is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to recognising the contribution of women to the history and life of Wales. Its mission is to erect five statues honouring five Welsh women in five different locations across Wales in five years.
Image courtesy of Monumental Welsh Women's website.
Take part in our Finding Gibbonsdown Public Art Project
Artists Matthew Jones and Steve Coombs are working with Studio Response on an arts programme in Gibbonsdown, Barry, and they want your pictures to help with the project!
As we’re now gradually beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown and able to explore where we live again Matthew and Steve are asking the residents of Gibbonsdown and Court wards in Barry to share with them pictures of things found, rediscovered or noticed anew to help them build up a picture of the area springing back to life.
What places did you enjoy, what places came into their own, what places did you avoid and what needs to change? It could be a photo, a sketch, a painting or a collage. Show Matthew and Steve your creative side and you could win a prize!
Visit the Finding Gibbonsdown website to find out more. The deadline for submitting your pictures is 31st July 2020.
Commission Opportunities at The Grange University Hospital
We are conscious of the current pressures facing self-employed artists, designers and producers and we are therefore committed to advertising commission opportunities where we have been advised by our clients to do so.
As part of the Arts Programme for the new Grange University Hospital, Llanfrechfra, which is curated and managed by Studio Response, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (HB) seeks to appoint an experienced artist / artist(s) / artist collective to create an accessible, external trail identified by bespoke waymarkers, and an external “wellbeing” space, the focus of which is to provide staff, primarily, with a place where they can take “time out” and spend some time outside of the hospital itself.
Further information on the commission is available here: https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=MAR329791
The Health Board is also seeking to appoint an exceptional fine art, textile / surface design artist to create a series of artworks for identified internal spaces at The Grange University Hospital. We are conscious that this commission is of a sensitive nature in the current context of COVID-19. If you would like to receive further information on this opportunity please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for both commissions is 8th May 2020.
Image courtesy of BDP and ABUHB.
Studio Response COVID-19 Statement for Artists & Creative Co-Producers
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Studio Response is following UK government advice with regards to social distancing and therefore will not be attending any face-to-face meetings, installations or workshops from Monday 23rd March 2020. We are advising all the artists, designers, architects, sub-contractors and facilitators with whom we are working to also follow government advice and work in a way to limit the spread of the disease.
These are unprecedented times and we are using our best endeavours to navigate a way forward for each of our commissions. However, these are all throwing up unique issues, with each of our clients offering a different response, so please bear with us. We are particularly conscious of the pressures facing freelancers, self-employed and small businesses and of course our public sector clients in the NHS and education sector.
Please be reassured that we are here to support you the best way we can. To date, no commissions have been cancelled, but we believe there is an inevitability that the pandemic will lead to delays. During this time, we will endeavour to work from our home studios, and we are set up on Skype and other video and voice services for one-to-one and group calls. As such please do continue to contact us via email and telephone.
It would be helpful if you could let us know the impact of the pandemic on your commission plans if at all. This will enable us to develop a risk register of key and pressing issues that we can endeavour to share with our clients.
We thank you for your understanding and meanwhile, stay safe and well. Best wishes
Emma and Jo
Art, People, Place.
Studio Response COVID-19 Statement for Clients
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Studio Response will not be attending any face-to-face meetings, installations or workshops from Monday 23rd March 2020. We believe this is the best way we to follow government advice regarding social distancing. We will endeavour to minimise disruption to our clients as best we can but please bear with us. Current government advice for businesses recommends each company needs to build its resilience to the impact of COVID-19. As a micro-business we need to protect or ability to work for as long as possible. Following the advice on social distancing is one way we can try and achieve this.
Moving forward we will continue to listen to the advice from the World Health Organisation and the UK Government, and we will do all we can to protect our artists, clients, sub-contractors, communities and staff, and to limit further spread of the disease.
During this time, we will endeavour to work from our home studios’, and we are set up on Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other video and voice services for one-to-one and group calls. As such please do continue to contact us via email and telephone.
We will be advising the artists, designers and architects with whom we work to follow government advice and also work from home / their studios during this time.
We thank you for your understanding and send our best wishes to our artists, clients, supporters and friends.
Emma and Jo
A Statue for Lady Rhondda
We are delighted to announce that we are working with Newport's Statue for Lady Rhondda group to commission Newport's first public statue of a named woman. It was a pleasure to join the group at its last committee meeting to find out more about their aspirations for this exciting project!
The group are currently fundraising for the statue. You can support them by visiting their Gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/statue-for-lady-rhondda?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_camp
This commission is part of the Wales-wide Monumental Welsh Women project. Monumental Welsh Women is a not for profit organisation dedicated to recognising the contribution of women to the history and life of Wales. It's mission is to erect five statues honouring five Welsh women in five different locations around Wales in five years. http://monumentalwelshwomen.org
Image courtesy of Women of Newport.
Studio Response to work with George Lovesmith
We are so pleased to be working with George Lovesmith on the development of public art / play experiences for a new residential development in Oxfordshire. George is an artist / architect, and through his practice he aims to explore relational and social practice integrating art, design, education and play.
Sustainable Playground Taking Shape
A site-specific, artist-led playground at Edenstone Homes' Woodlands residential development in Dinas Powys is starting to take shape! Studio Response has commissioned artist Tim Norris and Green Play Project to create this natural, sustainable playground and amphitheatre which will enthrall and entertain young residents for years to come.
We look forward to unveiling the finished installation!