Manningham Uniting Church (MUC) is redeveloping its Templestowe site to create a new Manningham Uniting Church & Community Centre. The purpose of this new MUC & Community Centre is to be a truly inclusive, welcoming, safe place where people can be who they are, find connection, discover meaning, offer their experiences and learn from others. It welcomes the community as equal partners in the daily sharing of its spaces and is to be a place offering options for positive and meaningful interactions across generations.
The centre offers numerous flexible spaces and will actively strive to encompass broad participation of diverse members and cohorts of the local community (individuals, groups, not-for-profits, business). This MUC & Community Centre will connect with two existing heritage listed spaces – a 1895 timber church and a 1962 brick church.
The centre stretches from Atkinson Street through to Wood Street with a drive and walk through access way along its western boundary.
MUC acknowledges that the site is on Wurundjeri land and wishes to emphasise this with some prominent Indigenous art. We very much wish to encourage more dialogue with the Indigenous people in our new building and create opportunity to listen to story.
What MUC is seeking
The concrete retaining wall and paling fence along the site’s western boundary is a prominent visual feature from the drive through and from within the glazed foyer. It stretches some 60 metres and includes a double length brick garage roughly at its midpoint. A small garden bed is proposed along the base of the wall. MUC is seeking interest in the design for a mural along this boundary. (See attached photo of the wall, still a building site.)
We are planning to divide the wall mural into 5 parts, each part representing a different community group’s depiction on the theme. Each part of the mural will be separated by appropriate landscape planting. We are hoping to have an Indigenous mural design as the central one along the wall and brick garage opposite the main entry to the foyer of the building. The other four parts of the mural will accompany this Indigenous design (2 on each side) with engagement from a variety of community groups and cohorts on the same central theme.
Our planned completion date for the building is February 2021. The installation of the mural could not commence until the building is completed.
Theme for the overall Mural
Our overall theme is “Community”.
The area for Indigenous art is 26m long x 1.2m high. In addition, the exposed brick wall of the neighbouring garage could be used either separately or as an extension of the lower design. This is slightly off-centre on the right of the proposed area for the indigenous mural. Its dimension is 13m x 3m.
A design fee of $4,500 is available to the selected EOI Indigenous artist to develop an Indigenous design for a mural as outlined above. A total of $10000 is available for the design and installation of the mural
Additional fees will be payable for such things as installation of the mural.
Closing Date for EOI Friday 20 November 2020
EOI should be submitted to:
Manningham Uniting Church PO Box 637 Templestowe 3106
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org