Artists Request for Natural Temporary Artwork Submissions for 2021 Cemetery Tour

Background:

Arts & the Spirit at Christ Church Greenwich hosts an annual cemetery tour in October.  This year we plan to sponsor the creation of a temporary art installation situated next to the cemetery at Christ Church to augment the serenity of the cemetery grounds and represent a visual reminder of the beauty of the cycle of life from creation to return to the natural elements it was born from.  Genesis 3:19: You are dust and to dust you will return.

Temporary Art Installation Guidelines:

We are looking for a creation that is derived from nature and will naturally return (biodegrade/disintegrate) to the earth within 10 months but can “disappear” as quickly as 30 days.

The piece should be 3 dimensional and inspire a way to commune with God.

The art installation will be placed beside the cemetery behind the annex.  Space is limited – 10’ by 10’.  The base cannot exceed the square footage of the art location; however, it can be as tall at the artist is inspired while remaining safe from toppling over on viewers.

The installation has to be completed by the Artist and their staff/volunteers.  It cannot require resources from the Christ Church Staff.

 

The winning proposal will receive an award of $1000 and $500 to cover materials.

Criteria for Being selected

  • There should be a compelling religious insight/story to installation.   It can be inspired by anything spiritual.
  • Artwork should have merit as a work of art, independent of other considerations.
  • The installation should enhance the public’s experience of the cemetery at Christ Church.
  • The exhibition should be an opportunity to expose the public to diverse artists and artistic styles.
  • The exhibition should not contradict Christ Church’s mission and values of environmental sustainability, accessibility, and cultural inclusiveness.
  • Installation proposed should be appropriate in scale, media and context with its intended display location.
  • The artwork should be able to withstand unprotected display in an outdoor environment and be able to be maintained by the artist throughout the public display period should there require any additional support after the primary installation.
  • The installation cannot have any amplified sound.  Preferably it is completely silent as not to disturb staff living on church property.
  • The installation must not present a safety hazard. It must comply with all applicable building codes and disability access requirements.
  • The installation cannot require the pruning or cutting of shrubs or trees adjacent to the installation.
  • Installation cannot include any invasive species plants such as oriental bittersweet. See the full list for CT here.  https://cipwg.uconn.edu/invasive_plant_list/
  • The proposed installation will be evaluated for feasibility, with convincing evidence of the artist’s ability to mount the installation as proposed. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, timeline, the artist’s experience, soundness of materials. The proposed installation must not impede the typical uses around the site such as walking between buildings.
  • Artist is responsible for all costs associated with the installation, including travel to and from Christ Church for the installation.
  • Artist is asked to attend the Cemetery Tour and Art installation for the “grand” reveal on October 3rd, and to receive their $1000 Award. (Note: the $500 materials stipend will be granted at the time of awarding the project to the artist.)
  • The Christ Church Greenwich Arts & the Spirit Cemetery Tour Art Jury has final decision authority on the winner of the art installation.

Timing

All Artist Proposals must be received by the Christ Church Arts & The Spirit Cemetery tour Art Jury no later than Monday, May 24th, 5:00pm EST.  The artist will be selected and notified of the award on June 7th.  Please email to Rebecca Fretty by email at rebfretty@gmail.com or snail mail attn: Rebecca Fretty, Arts & the Spirit Committee, Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.

Artist must include their full name, email, phone number and preference for mode of communication in their submission in order for Christ Church to contact them if they are selected.

Installation can begin as early as September 1st and must be complete by October 2nd.  The public reveal and cemetery tour will be Sunday, October 3rd, rain or shine.

Christ Church’s mission is to seek and serve God in persons, and to provide spiritual nourishment for all who journey to find a sacred home for worship, personal growth, service and community.

The mission of Arts & the Spirit is to develop performing and visual arts programs and opportunities at Christ Church in the belief that the arts provide unique avenues for spiritual experience and growth.