Tally Ho! A Place to Meet: Visual Art Commission

artsdepot will celebrate its 10th birthday in October 2014 and has embarked upon an ambitious heritage project, Tally Ho! A Place to Meet, in partnership with the Finchley Society, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

As part of this project, we are offering a £3,000 visual art commission for the creation of an inspirational artwork to celebrate the history of the site. The new commission will be unveiled as part of our 10th birthday celebration, alongside a heritage exhibition.

Friern-Barnet Photo Archive

Friern-Barnet Photo Archive

The Gaumont Cinema was a beautiful art deco building, which stood on the current artsdepot site from 1937-1987. Treasured by the community in Finchley, it was a local landmark where many personal memories were made. Very few photos of the cinema remain, and the community had a great sense of loss when the building was demolished. We want to recapture the spirit of the Gaumont through an original, eye-catching and accessible new artwork, drawing on inspiration from the art deco period and taking into account Newbury A. Trent’s bas-relief carving, which graced the front wall of the building. We are seeking bold creative responses to this brief, which include opportunities for community involvement. 

We are seeking an established, professional, visual artist, with experience working in a community context, who will collaborate with our heritage team (including an archivist, local young people and volunteers). We welcome proposals that will employ non-digital, visual arts mediums.

Your response

Please send your CV, examples of previous work and a short proposal (one side of A4) outlining your creative response to the brief, and how you would involve local communities and young people to recruitment@artsdepot.co.uk no later than 5 p.m. on 17th July, 2014.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Tuesday 22 July 2014. Interviews will include an opportunity to do a detailed presentation of their proposed response to the brief.


• Collaborate with artsdepot, the archivist, the Finchley Society and a group of volunteers, (including young people) to plan and create an inspirational artwork for the venue. 
• Review all research and donated/lent materials and build connections and knowledge about the communities and history of North Finchley.
• Create a new artwork in dialogue with artsdepot’s Artistic Director that will be presented within our 10th anniversary season and alongside our heritage exhibition.
• Feed into project evaluation and attend the launch of artsdepot’s heritage exhibition on 4th October, 2014.
• Ensure all work is carried out within required Health and Safety legislation and within artsdepot’s Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policies, that all staff work within the Health and Safety policy, and that all external staff working on projects are police checked prior to commencement of their duties.
• Feed into project evaluation and attend exhibition launch. 

Person Specification


• Passionate about creating art with local communities and an interest in local history
• Demonstrable and proven track record of successfully completing visual art commissions based on a range of source material
• At least 3 years’ experience working as a professional visual artist 
• Ability to prioritise and work under pressure with good time management and organisational expertise
• Energetic, creative team player with a high level of enthusiasm
• Willingness to work flexibly and in particular be available for client contact which will require some evening and weekend work.


• Experience of working with multiple partners and ability to work diplomatically with a wide range of people
• Facilitation skills and experience in delivering projects young people and community groups

Fee & Budget

This is a freelance contract which includes a fee of £3000 for at least 10 days work and an additional materials budget of £1000.