The Observatory:


The Observatory:

An exciting architectural design competition

The River Tamar Project is delighted to announce the launch of The Observatory competition from our partners SPUD:

The Observatory will create a unique and exciting sculptural and architectural structure, which is directly accessible by the public. It will offer artists the opportunity to engage with a specific place, providing space and shelter to undertake their investigations and share with an audience. It will be an inter-disciplinary project involving artists, other professionals and students providing creative learning opportunities throughout all phases. The structure of ‘The Observatory’ will be determined through a design competition open to architects and artists across the UK.

SPUD has extensive experience in delivering a major artist residency programme – the Exbury Egg:  The Exbury Egg has attracted genuinely global interest in the creation of a high quality and unique structure engages people. Most recently the Egg was featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 TV in the UK. The Observatory needs to intrigue people and act as a beacon that draws attention to a place – in this case 4 very special locations along southern England from the South Downs to the Tamar estuary. The Observatory will be movable, flexible and reconfigurable. It will offer opportunities for a variety of artists (working in differing media) to create new work in response to the special locations.

The Competition Brief for the Observatory Project is now LIVE and available to download at:!competition/c1n0fWe welcome applications from teams of professional architects and artists and also from students. The competition is open to participants nationwide.

Please ensure you register your interest to take part in the competition through the Observatory website by 6th February 2014. 

The closing date for all competition entries is 12 noon on Friday 28th February 2014.

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