Open Call for Charting Change

Lead Artist sought for Charting Change, a new public art commission for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

For full details, including how to apply, please see the Artist Brief.

The closing deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 30 October 2023.

An exciting opportunity for a Lead Artist to catalyse a network including local artists, communities and partner organisations to deliver artwork that engages people with the potential of the new University of Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus next to Bristol Temple Meads Station.

Charting Change is a longitudinal project that will explore the industrial histories of the site alongside it’s technological futures, to contribute towards a contextually relevant identity for the future campus.

We are looking for an artist whose practice is characterised by imaginative approaches to collaboration to lead the project and work with Bristol communities to co-produce a shared narrative of place.

The Lead Artist will develop a range of temporary art outcomes to build awareness of the new campus during construction and translate this research and dialogue into a permanent artwork.

Key requirements:

  • This is a role for an experienced artist with established networks across Bristol
  • The artist will be expected to convene a collective of local artists and community to collaborate on a series of temporary outcomes for the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus
  • The temporary outcomes will inform a permanent work of public art for an engagement space in the new University of Bristol buildings
  • The artist will be required to work at regular intervals across the 2-year period
  • The artist will be supported by the University of Bristol Public Art Coordinator and Contemporary Art Society *Consultancy who manage the University’s public art programme


2 years


£30,000 including travel and accommodation. Based on 60 days each year at £250 per day.

Separate budget for collaborating artists, public engagement and fabrication of artwork available as follows:

  • Programme artist fees 2 x £15,000
  • Collaboration and public outcomes costs £20,000
  • Permanent artwork £70,000

Charting Change will build on the TQEC artist residencies of 2018-19, and a range of public commissions that have already taken place as part of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus development.

This is one of three major new public art commissions that will be delivered with the Contemporary Art Society, as the University of Bristol work towards the opening of the TQEC in 2026. The commissions aim to spark curiosity and imagination and help create a place where people feel welcomed.  

The exterior of the main academic building as viewed from the riverside.
A collaborative seating area.