Visual artwork creative brief

This public art commission offers an opportunity for an artist (or artist collective) to design and deliver a permanent public artwork for music charity ‘Lewisham Music’.


The opportunity is open to visual artists based in, or with a strong connection to Lewisham. The artwork will occupy a prominent position at the heart of the Grade II listed building ‘The Fellowship & Star’.


Requirements of the brief

  • To design, develop and deliver artwork that embodies life full of expression, creativity and enjoyment

  • To consult with the local community throughout the commission process engaging with local resident groups

  • To design, develop and deliver artwork that has the potential to inspire young musicians and local residents

  • To design artwork that will be of a quality reinforcing the venue’s status as a cultural landmark for the community/visitors

  • To design develop and deliver artwork with minimal maintenance requirements

  • To celebrate the vibrancy of Lewisham’s diverse communities and history


Style of artwork

We are particularly interested in abstract/illustrative artwork, full of vibrant colour and bold pattern, however we welcome applications from any style.


We’d really like the style to be easily translatable to digital so it can be used across a wide variety or marketing and communications relating to the building and eventual launch of the space.


The site for the artwork

The artwork(s) will be located in a prominent position within Lewisham Music’s first floor venue space. Our venue is based above a grade II listed pub ‘The Fellowship & Star’, formerly the Fellowship Inn.


The area identified for the artwork is 6.2m wide x 2.5m high (max dimensions and is situated at the top of stairs as you enter the building).



Appointments to view the space can be arranged on request.


Commission process and schedule

We are inviting artists to submit an expression of interest in the first commission. Artists should be able to clearly demonstrate previous experience of working to commissions of a similar scale and nature. You are required to submit your expression of interest by email. This should include initial ideas, proposed approach to the commission and materials to be used. You should also confirm that you are able to meet the schedule and deadlines detailed above in section 2 if your application is shortlisted.


  • Maximum one side of A4 text

  • Visual examples of your work (6-12 good quality images) relevant to the commission including, importantly, examples of previously commissioned works of a similar scale

  • CV/ Bio and Artist Statement



5pm, Friday 26 February


Applications and further information

Please send your application or questions to Keith Sykes, Lewisham Music’s Community Music Manager…




Designs will be considered by a panel of representatives from Lewisham Music, local residents and young musicians. The selected artist will submit a fully developed design proposal with technical specifications and a budget outlining production schedule, materials and other expenses. A fee of £250 will be paid for this proposal. (ONLY PAID TO SELECTED ARTIST)


The contract needs to be in place by 12 March 2021 and artists must be in a position to complete and install the works by end of May 2021. Artists will work closely with staff from Lewisham Music to deliver the completed artwork. The selected artist will also be required to liaise with our Communications Manager to support the publicising of the artwork.



Maximum of £2,000 is available for the commission. This is inclusive of:


  • Artist’s fee for developing full proposal (£250)

  • Artist’s fee and production costs including materials

  • Artist’s travel costs and related expenses for site visits and installation


Download the full brief

Visual artwork creative brief


We look forward to hearing from you soon!