River Ness art project

This public art project will see major art works installed along the banks of the River Ness in Inverness.
The £758,350 project has been commissioned by The Highland Council’s Inverness City Arts Working Group and has funding approval from Creative Scotland £305,600 (40 per cent), The City of Inverness Common Good Fund £280,750 (37 per cent), The Highland Council £106,000 (14 per cent) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise £66,000 (9 per cent).

The project is an artistic collaboration between the art practice Sans façon and the creative studio KHBT.

Survey results

A survey to better understand people’s views on the proposed River Ness Arts Projects was conducted between January 23 and February 29 2016. The survey was available in two ways. Printed copies of the survey were made available at a public exhibition on the arts projects, and the survey was also available to fill in on-line. 445 people completed the survey, 282 completing a printed copy of the survey, and 163 on-line.

Project survey analysis

The analysis highlighted that the views of people who completed the survey having visited the exhibition on the potential art projects were generally more supportive in their responses than those who completed the survey online. All the information gathered from the survey has been carefully considered by the Inverness City Arts (ICArts) Working Group and will be used as part of further discussions with a focus group looking at the issues of siting and detailed design in respect of the Gathering Place.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed their opinions and suggestions on the projects to date.
This significant public art project includes proposals for a major new visitor destination created along the banks of the River Ness in Inverness. The project is being led by the Inverness City Arts (ICArts) working group of The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee.
The projects are:

  • The Gathering Place – a major artwork designed to bring people together to enjoy the River Ness 
  • The Sculptural Destination - an iconic landmark to visit, interact with or view
  • Rest Spaces - relaxation areas for individuals or small groups
  • The Trail – a paper or digital map and trail from Ness islands to the river mouth including things of local interest
  • River Connections - seating areas and poetry set into stones
  • Children’s Riverside Water Feature – for young people and families with educational opportunities

River Ness arts news stories

Children's water feature - invitation to artists

The Children’s Riverside Water Feature will be an interactive artwork, relating to the River Ness, informed by and for young people.

The successful artist, working closely with an Education Co-ordinator and the Curatorial Manager, will work with students from Inverness College, UHI, and pupils from Inverness secondary schools on the development of the artwork, the site-selection, production and installation.

The artwork should:

  • be interactive and provide a sensory experience
  • include a water component
  • reflect the ecology, heritage, history, mythology and heritage of Inverness and the wider Highlands
  • be educational, fun and informative
  • enable engagement with all children including those with sensory or physical impairments
  • comply with current Health and Safety requirements
  • be integrated with other commissions

The total budget is £40,000 and the artist's fee is £10,000

Expressions of interest are invited from artists who would like to tender for the commission. The successful Artist will be a professional, experienced, practising visual artist creating contemporary, high quality work. A formal degree in art or design related subject from a recognised university is preferred.

Artists brief

A CV, rough outline proposal, and images of previous work (no larger than 2MB) should accompany an expression of interest.

The deadline was Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 5pm.

For further information, please contact cathy.shankland@highlifehighland.com (Cathy Shankland, Curatorial Project Manager), or call 01463 237114