Durham Calls for Artists

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Request for Proposals/Qualifications and Services

Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

The Pre-Qualified Artist Registry has a rolling deadline for upcoming public art projects, including the Celebration of Black Artistry in Neighborhoods Project. Apply today!

Project Overview

The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams to submit portfolios to be selected to join the City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry. This registry will serve as a resource for the program’s selection of artists and artist teams to create City cultural and public art projects. Access to a predetermined network of qualified artists saves artists and staff members valuable time by making the process for responding to the numerous calls issued by the City more efficient. It also strengthens and streamlines the program by maintaining a database of artists in the community with particular skill sets.

The application process is does not have a deadline. 

Submission Requirements

Application materials must be received on Cafe Items required include:

  • Artist Statement
    Briefly describe your experience, your discipline(s), and your qualifications for completing artworks. Artist teams should explain their interest and qualifications collectively.
  • Images
  • Resume
  • References

Pre-Qualified Artist Registry Overview & CaFÉ Application

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Submissions for City of Durham Pre-Qualified Artist Registry via CaFÉ

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Public art RFQ for the South Ellerbe Restoration Project

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In collaboration with the City of Durham’s Public Works Department, the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program (referred to as “City”) is seeking an Artist or Artist Team (referred to as “Candidates”) with experience in projects centered around environmental design and functional, sculptural and/or integrated artwork to design and fabricate public art installations at the South Ellerbe Restoration project located at 808 West Trinity Avenue in Durham.  The selected artist or artist team will have a total public art project budget of $50,000, including artist fees, artist-design, community engagement, fabrication, and documentation of the artwork on site. 

Deadline: Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

For more information, visit: https://durhamnc.gov/4598/South-Ellerbe-Restoration-Project

RE-RElease of RFQ for Fire & EMS Station 18  

Recognizing the need to facilitate storytelling and documentation with a focus on Durham’s diverse and unique history, the Cultural and Public Art Program will hire a Public Historian and Photographer team (“Candidates”) for a public art project centered around historical documentation and education of Durham’s Fire Department history.  

The City seeks Candidates to create artworks that contribute to the interest and aesthetic appeal of the Fire Department and develop archival resources for the public to learn about Durham’s history. The Candidates will work in collaboration to capture and archive the Fire Station's objects of historical significance as digital images, large-scale photographs and/or vinyl printed murals along with interpretative text, which will be displayed inside of the Fire & EMS Station 18 and through an online platform. The Candidates will also work with the Fire Department staff to document the everyday objects used in their work and capture the current staff’s commitment to the community.   

Deadline: Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST 

For full RFQ details and submission process, visit https://durhamnc.gov/4428/Fire-EMS-Station-18.

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For information about calls for artists, please contact the Cultural & Public Art Program staff here: 

Alexandra Benson
Cultural & Public Arts Program Assistant
Email: alexandra.benson@durhamnc.gov
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21238

Rebecca Brown
Cultural & Public Arts Program Manager
Email:  Rebecca.Brown@durhamnc.gov
Phone: 919-560-4197, ext. 21245.