For Artists / Opportunities

The Idea Rover, Bellingham / Rover Design / Call for Artists

Submission fee

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Our group is seeking a creative individual to help design and construct the Idea Rover! The Idea Rover is an interactive art installation that will travel around Whatcom County on a bike trailer in order to spark creative conversation with neighbors by meeting them where they are, in approachable outdoor spaces. The Idea Rover will be a visually intriguing, sturdy, and mobile structure created with interactive experience, discovery, and play in mind. Our group has a particular interest in the creative reuse of materials for this project. The project budget is $4,250. Our group will also work to acquire in-kind donations and other support to the artist for materials needed to complete the project. visit for information on how to submit materials.

Required information:
To be considered for this project please submit the following:
1. A one-page letter of interest that includes:
a. Your interest in this specific project and any relevant experience related to the
project goals of interactivity, play, and community engagement.
b. Your approach to design and comfort level in working collaboratively and
sharing a creative design and vision with our group.
c. Description of relevant experience with creating and installing durable art in
the public realm and collaboration on prior projects.
2. 5-10 images of completed projects with corresponding image list describing the
material, concept, dimensions, and date of each project/work.
3. A current resume that includes 2-3 references with contact information.

1. The ability to work during the project timeframe (February through May, 2018)
2. The ability to collaborate and interact with different members of our group in order
to successfully complete the project.
3. Special consideration will be made to artists and makers who prioritize the use of
recycled/reused materials in their work.

January 30, 2018 RFQ material submission deadline
February 2018 Finalist selected, Design initiated
March—May, 2018 Design and Construction phase
May 29, 2018 Installation complete and Rover ready to move
Submission Due Date for Qualifications: January 30, 2018

Submit to:
Amy Chaloupka and Elsa Lenz Kothe at
Please include the following in the subject line: RFQ application

Eligible media

Artists with Disabilities, Arts-Related, Craft, Design, Multidisciplinary Arts, Public Art, Visual Arts