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Comission For Pollinator Homes at FLOW Orchard On The Exe - Deadline 01/0618


East Devon District Council is seeking an artist/maker/designer or collaboration between artist and maker.

The commission is to make bespoke pollinator homes for three of the orchard areas on the FLOW route: Trews Weir Orchard; Exwick Mill Field Orchard; Flowerpots Orchard (by entrance to park)

The total fee for this work is £3000 including all materials.


This commission is part of FLOW an orchard along the River Exe that was designed and created as part of an artist in residency in 2017-18.
During this time eco-artist Anne-Marie Culhane worked with residents in Exwick and St Thomas to design a fruit and foraging route of 200 trees, reworking the original landscape plans created by the Environment Agency to include fruit, nut and foraging trees where possible. Many of the trees were planted in early 2018 and with a community celebration and wassail to welcome the trees to the site.
For more information on FLOW see the FLOW website: https://flowriverorchardexeter.wordpress.com/ and short film: https://vimeo.com/265786119

This project has evolved from Exeter and East Devon’s Green Infrastructure Strategy, the major £31m flood defence works currently being implemented by the Environment Agency along the river Exe, and the master planning of the Exe Riverside Valley Park, intended to set out a strategic approach to the way the Park is managed, enhanced and used in the future.


Simon Bates, Green Infrastructure Project Manager from East Devon District Council will oversee the practical delivery of the commission with creative support from Anne-Marie Culhane (FLOW, artist and designer) and from Devon Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency & Exeter City Council Park’s department. Additional information regarding the ecology of the site can be provided by the Devon Wildlife Trust and Environment Agency if required.

This element of the FLOW project has been funded by Coastal Recycling Fund, Eagle Land and Environment Agency.

The Commission aims to make a visual link between the orchard and pollinators for the public and encourage and support wildlife to the orchards in a practical way. The FLOW orchard forms part of the Exeter B-line that includes a pollinator corridor along the Riverside Valley Park and includes wildflower planting as well as the new fruiting trees.

The pollinator homes must have a practical function and be useable by wildlife for example by solitary bees, bats or butterflies (or a combination) as well as being objects of interest and beauty. They may be part of existing infrastructure in the sites or freestanding structures. They must be designed to be playful and intriguing with resilience to potential vandalism and weather.

Simon Bates will ensure that permissions are secured for installation with the landowner (which will either by Exeter City Council, Devon County Council or the Environment Agency). He will also ensure that information is provided on underground services, so that these can be avoided.

You should note that there is no additional budget for installation. Assistance may be secured from the landowner, and Simon Bates will help to broker that. For example, ECC have vehicles, tools and staff. However, this should not be relied upon. Please specify in your proposal whether you propose structures that require bolting down, or similar, and give a cost for that.

The artist:
• Should have some knowledge of wildlife and pollinator needs
• Should have experience of working with appropriate materials for physical, outdoor installation, and an interest in exploring bespoke design
• Will be expected to hold public liability insurance of £5,000,000
• Will be engaged on a freelance basis
• Should be able to demonstrate best practice in terms of sustainable resourcing of materials and use of recycled or reclaimed materials.
• Will be expected to work in a safe and professional manner to comply with all relevant health and safety legislation and requirements
• Can be an artist/designer and maker working together
• Will have experience of partnership working and commissions


3 x sculpture/installations in Riverside Valley Park that provide habitat/nesting site for pollinators. Each one should be unique. Opportunity to be freestanding or part of existing infrastructure. Each feature designed to last for at least 5 years and be robust.


This commission needs to be completed by 1st March 2019 at the latest (a condition of our funding grant) and in the following stages.

Artist appointed July 2018
Sites selected and initial site visit (technical and artistic) September 2018
Sculptures installed on site (at latest) April 2019

An initial fee of £1,000 will be made on appointment and the balance on completion of the commission.


Please submit a brief CV, your estimated cost schedule and a sheet of up to two sides of A4 outlining your interest in this project with some sketches, or images of some first ideas by Friday 1st June and send to Anne-Marie Culhane      


We will let you know as soon as possible after this date if you have been successful.
Anne Marie Culhane's Exeter Cultural Partnership Page

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