ARTISTS are being invited to contribute their ideas for several public art installations being commissioned as part of the Black Rock redevelopment.

Brighton and Hove City Council will commission two artists to create artworks to “enliven and engage with the space and create a memorable encounter”.

The artworks will take the form of three sculptures on top of support masts at different sections of the new boardwalk, and “The Face of Black Rock”, a design for the textured finish of a new wall proposed for the site.

Applicants are asked to include elements of biodiversity and the relationship between people in local habitats in their work, under the curatorial theme "Black Rock and the Sea Kale: Friends with Benefits".

Shortlisted artists will be provided with a fee of £300 to present their application to a selection panel in September, with the successful artists receiving a fee of up to £8,100.

Councillor Tom Druitt, chair of the Black Rock Task Project Board, said: “The work at Black Rock is progressing well and the additions of art installations will definitely inject a bit of flair into the area.

“This area of our coastline is synonymous with a laid-back promenading lifestyle and combining this with the intertwined relationship between people and our local habitats, I’m excited to see what artists’ interpretation of this will be.”

Artists from across Brighton and Hove are encouraged to apply, with a particular appeal to those with a practice in sculpture or similar large-scale work, with “innovative approaches to form and materials.”

Applicants have until midday on August 9 to send in their proposals and can apply through the council’s website.

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