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Our arts programme: BLOC (Building Libraries on Creativity)

Artist murals: Stowmarket Library Garden project

We’re looking for visual artists to design and create murals for our upcoming Stowmarket Library Garden project.

Following the pandemic, we are working on an exciting new project to develop a new outdoor area which will encourage visitors back to library buildings. The Stowmarket Library garden will function as:

  • a shared workshop space where we can host group activities and live events
  • an interactive space which acts as creative community hub, adaptable for a variety of uses
  • a space which promotes learning about environmental responsibility.
  • a space which captures the ‘essence’ of libraries
  • an invitation to our library users as a beautiful space to read and relax.

This project has been made possible due to generous funding from Arts Council England, supporting the creative development of libraries. The project is a step towards welcoming communities back to library spaces.

The garden at Stowmarket library.
The garden space at Stowmarket Library.

Artists commissions: design a mural

We are looking for artists to contribute a series of murals to help transform Stowmarket Library's garden space.

There will be 10 murals of various sizes:

  • Six murals 70cm x 2.05m
  • Four murals 70cm x 70cm
  • One mural 2.53m x 2.05m
  • One mural 66cm x 2.05m

Artists can apply as individuals or as a collective and you are welcome to select more than one mural as part of your proposal.

There is an overall budget of £5000 to create all the murals. This can be allocated based on the size of artwork, materials, experience and other considerations.

How to apply

Send a proposal which must include:

  • A 200-word statement outlining why you would like to be involved in the Stowmarket Garden project
  • A 1-2 page portfolio in PDF format
  • A statement outlining the minimum and maximum number of murals you would like to be considered for (including their size), and the budget you would require to complete these works (inclusive of artist fees and approximate material costs)

Email your proposal to by 2 August.

Key dates

You'll need to be able to work to this timeline.

  • 2 August – Closing date for mural applications
  • 9 and 10 August – A project and planning meeting for successful candidates to meet the creative team and learn more about the stories that will inspire the mural
  • 18 August – Final design for murals submitted
  • 8 September – Murals delivered to Stowmarket Library
  • 18 and 19 September – Garden launch.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the project please email