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Competition Open Call Opportunity

Reimagine Letterkenny, Creating a Cultural Corridor


The Irish Architecture Foundation is happy to announce an Open Call worth €25,000 (incl vat) and will see the winning team collaboratively engage with groups from Letterkenny in order to develop a public outcome and installation to draw greater attention and increased use along the pedestrian walkway in 2020

Reimagine Letterkenny, Creating a Cultural Corridor is an open call for a multidisciplinary design team to explore creatively with the local community how this walkway could be used more by the town, become an attractive pedestrian asset and create a cultural identity uniting three of the main cultural buildings in Letterkenny town. The winning team will be a multi-disciplinary team which includes an architect or architectural graduate. We encourage the team to also include a broad mix of professional backgrounds and skill sets that may include, but not be limited to, designers, artists, geographers, historians, social scientists, social workers, community workers, urban planners and so on. The mission is to highlight the walkway and its benefit to the community connecting important cultural areas in the town, to increase the feeling of safety in this area and increase greater use. 

This Open Call is commissioned by Donegal County Council, with additional grant-aid support from Creative Ireland’s, Creative Communities programme and produced by the IAF’s Reimagine Programme.

Through this open call, the aim of the stakeholders is to use creative strategies and potential design solutions to find a way to better connect An Grianán Theatre, The Regional Culture Centre (RCC) and the Donegal County Museum to each other and to the rest of Letterkenny Town. They intend to increase awareness and use of the pathway. 

This Open Call worth €25,000 (incl vat) will see the winning team collaboratively engage with groups from Letterkenny in order to develop a public outcome and installation in the Letterkenny in 2020. The winning team will be expected to deliver a solution under the two categories; 

– Collaborative Process: Meet the stakeholders and community to research, co-create and develop the public output in a number of creative sessions to be proposed in response to this call.

– Public Output: Create a permanent intervention to create awareness and increase use of the pathway 

The total budget for this project including design fee, manufacturing, install, transport, events, expenses and including VAT is €25,0000 

The project outcome will also encourage and empower people and communities of all ages to engage in a creative way with the issues revealed through IAFs consultations from Spring to Autumn 2019. These findings are detailed below in the context section. We wish for teams of architects, artists, designers, historians, archaeologists and others to reflect on how the walkway can be highlighted/illustrated to create more awareness and connect these cultural buildings to each other, and the town. The aim of the Reimagine project is to reveal the positive impact which considered public realm architecture and design of public space can have on communities. 

Reimagine… aims to ensure as many people from the community have a say in their local environment. Therefore, the IAF have spent a number of months researching how/ if people use this walkway; how they feel about it; and how they feel about a project such as this. This information has been used to shape this brief, more details can be found in the context section of the call. 

To enter this open call complete and submit the IAF Reimagine Letterkenny Creating a Cultural Corridor Open Call Application Form along with artwork for an A0 board detailing the proposal for an intervention for The Walks. Please outline in your application how you will engage the community to co-create this project with you. 

Reimagine Letterkenny, Creating a Cultural Corridor_Open Call Brief

Reimaigne Letterkenny…Creating a Cultural Corridor_application form

Reimagine Letterkenny…Creating a Cultural Corridor_Q&A 

Deadline 10th January 2020