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Melville Heritage Art Trail - Expressions of Interest

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

Painted Mural in the Melville Area of Torquay depicting a rainbow and coastal themes.

The residents of Melville are looking to continue expressing their story through art via the creation of a historical art trail. Through local expertise and community storytelling, a heritage narrative unique to the area has been created, and residents are looking for an artist to support them in bringing this story to life.

The project continues an extensive piece of place making and public realm work that has been undertaken by Groundwork South Trust that is inspiring pride in the Melville community.

The trail will:

  • Tell Melville’s unique heritage story;

  • Consist of 5-10 locations across the Melville area with a minimum of 3 core works at key locations, and up to 7 supporting works to create the trail;

  • Incorporate a timeline that maps the trail at one of the core locations;

  • Engage with and respond to an existing community mural delivered as part of the Melville place making project;

  • Includes interactive elements that celebrate the community spirit and positive thinking of residents.

The ongoing activity being delivered by Groundwork South Trust has enabled the community to explore various opportunities for creative interventions in the public realm. Whilst artworks will need to practically respond to a range of settings, it is anticipated that the existing programme has revealed opportunities for diverse interventions including installations on existing structures, interacting with street furniture, planters, noticeboards, hoardings and potentially windows and walls of private properties.

We have a short window for receiving expressions of interest for this artwork commission opportunity, so we have endeavoured to make the process as light touch as possible for artists who want to make an approach. We would encourage any artist interested to reach out to us on 07762 921571 for enquiries related to this opportunity so we can best enable people through this fast-tracked process.

Full details can be downloaded in PDF format here.

Responses should be submitted to



Expressions of Interest Live - 16th October

Heritage/Project Context Pack available to applicants - 20th October

Deadline for Expressions of Interest - 29th October, Midnight

Community Panel Review EoIs - 30th October – 1st November

Shortlisted Artists Confirmed - 2nd November

Shortlisted Artists Attend Engagement Coffee Morning (Required, Funded) - 4th November, 12:00-14:00

Design Period (Funded) - 5th - 9th November

Design Clarifications Sought (if required) - 10th November

Community Panel Makes Final Selection - 11th November

Confirmation of Selected Artist - 11th November

Delivery Window - 12th November – 8th December

Evaluation Period - 8th – 15th December



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