Invitation to Tender - Creative Design & Build Lead, Encounters

Encounters is offering a £25k contract for an exceptional individual or team to lead on the design and build of Chrysalis, a project funded by Arts Council England to create an environmentally sustainable mobile, community, arts and learning space in collaboration with communities across Torbay and South Devon.

Those tendering must have a strong track record of delivering creative design and build projects on time, (this could include public art commissions as well as social innovation or other projects) on budget and to specification. Experience of working in partnership with a range of stakeholders, is essential.  Knowledge and experience of ecological / sustainable design is also required alongside a passionate commitment to, and experience of, creatively engaging communities in a design and build process.

Encounters are looking to work with an individual or team who are excited by:

  • the creative challenge of designing and building an inspiring, useful, loved mobile resource for Encounters and the people of South Devon and Torbay and beyond.
  • the opportunity to work with Encounters and community engagement professionals  to design and oversee a meaningful co-design and co-production programme which reflects the vision that Chrysalis ‘be made by the hands and imaginations of people living in South Devon and Torbay’.  
  • the idea of Chrysalis as a way to embody and connect people to the natural environment and some of the ecological challenges we face.

There is a two-stage selection process.  Full details of the requirements, submission process and fees can be found in the detailed creative design and build brief (download below).

The deadline for Stage 1 submissions is midnight 18 July.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview / meeting with the Chrysalis team in Totnes on 24 July.

The deadline for Stage 2 submissions is midnight 3 September with pitches taking place in Totnes on 6 September.  A fee of £500 will be payable to each successful individual / team successful at Stage 1 to support preparation of Stage 2 submissions.

Applicants must be available on the meeting / pitching dates outlined above.

Download Links

Creative Brief
Download Chrysalis Advisory Group Workshop Presentation


The Making of Chrysalis

Chrysalis will be a new mobile arts, culture and learning space made in 2018 - 2019 by the hands and imagination of people who live or work in the Bio Region of South Devon.