Artist Opportunity: The Water (up)Cycle

A commission to create a moving water installation in the grounds of The Old Library, Bodmin using reclaimed materials.

About intoBodmin

intoBodmin is a community interest company established in 2017 to bring about greater community cohesion and local pride through arts and culture. We are based at The Old Library in Bodmin, built in 1897 by John Passmore Edwards. As part of the regeneration of this building, we have created a kitchen garden and seating area at the back of the building.

At intoBodmin, we are committed to inclusion and creating opportunities for all. We welcome expressions of interest from early career artists, as well as those with more experience.

The Brief

We seek a freelance artist/maker to design and fabricate a perpetual motion water installation in the garden of The Old Library. The water feature should use upcycled materials and be in keeping with the look and atmosphere of the garden. The installation will utilise rain water running from the guttering at the back of the building. A solar pump will need to be incorporated into the design to create perpetual motion. The piece will be installed in public view.

The artist

We are looking for an artist/maker who is imaginative, creative and interested in contributing to a community space.

You will be able to work with reclaimed materials to create an appealing water installation in the garden of The Old Library.

You will be able to project manage the design, fabrication and delivery of the installation. intoBodmin can support you through the provision of tools and volunteers if needed.

intoBodmin will provide most materials and a solar pump, but sourcing of other items may be required by the artist.

You must ensure that the installation is completed before 1st March 2021 to a high standard of aesthetics and safety and you will need your own Public Liability Insurance.


The fee is £400. This is to cover the design, making and installation of the project over 4 days.

To Apply

To apply, please send a CV, covering letter and rough sketch of your design to: Fin Irwin, Director of intoBodmin, The Old Library, 10 Lower Bore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 4DA.

The deadline for applications is Monday 7th December | 5pm

For more information about intoBodmin, click here.

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