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Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches

The Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) have launched the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition.

This is a global search for a design team for a unique art destination within Australia. Combining a contemporary art gallery with a public sculpture park and meeting place, Adelaide Contemporary will be ‘uniquely Adelaide’, a focus for the cultural energies of this ‘City of Festivals’, which is known for a progressive culture that prizes engagement and participation.

A new landmark on the city’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard, Adelaide Contemporary will benefit from a site adjacent to the historic Adelaide Botanic Garden and close to the acclaimed Art Gallery of South Australia. The initiative will combine new public and cultural features, creating an accessible community meeting place and integrating art, education, nature and people.

Adelaide is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and the project site – part of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site – and its surroundings are rich in Kaurna heritage.

The former Royal Adelaide Hospital site will undergo a transformation into an innovative, mixed-use contemporary urban quarter, led by Renewal SA, the Government of South Australia’s regeneration agency. Adelaide Contemporary is a key element in the emerging vision.

Adelaide Contemporary’s unique curatorial signature will be shown in its Gallery of Time, which will curate the State’s exceptional collection of Aboriginal art and present Indigenous Australian art and culture alongside work by Asian and European artists.

Full details of the competition, including the Competition Conditions and how to enter, can be found at: https://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/adelaidecontemporary

Adelaide Contemporary will exemplify sustainable principles and demonstrate environmentally-aware and future-facing design. The core scheme is approximately 15,000m2 in size, but will need to be scalable.

The new art destination aims to engage and educate families and children through thematic narratives that will activate the entire Art Gallery collection – an outcome unrivalled in most internationally-renowned museums and galleries.

New gallery, education and research, and public engagement spaces will enable the commissioning of internationally-significant installations; and major ‘blockbuster’ temporary exhibitions will raise Adelaide’s profile. Adelaide Contemporary will expand the conventions of an art gallery to include film, performance and design. The overall ambition is to locate the gallery at the core of the cultural life of South Australians.

This two-stage international competition will seek architect-led creative teams with an initial open call for Expressions of Interest. Following this, up to six teams will be selected to develop a concept design at the second stage. These teams will need to include an architect registered with the Australian Institute of Architects. An honorarium of AU$90,000 will be paid to each of the shortlisted teams at Stage Two.

To enter, competitors will need to read the Competition Conditions, fill out the online form and upload documents detailing their company information, proposed team composition and relevant experience, and project understanding and approach. The deadline for responses is 21:30 ACDT / 11:00 GMT Friday 24 November 2017.

An international jury (full details to be announced later in the process) will be chaired by eminent arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE, former Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House, former Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre in London and former chief executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.

The competition brief embraces South Australia’s Industry Participation Policy, to ensure that maximum economic activity is generated locally from project conception through to delivery; and to provide new opportunities for local producers, entrepreneurs and businesses.

The competition will inform the finalisation of a business case and funding approval by the Government of South Australia following the brief development phase.

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