Call for Artists - Nucleus, NDA Archive, Wick

NDA/High Life Highland

Deadline: 15 May 2017 at 17:00

A new archive building has just been opened at the edge of the town of Wick, Caithness for NDA Properties Ltd.

The building will hold between 20 and 30 million digital records and circa 28,000 linear metres of paper and photographic records primarily concerning the history, development and decommissioning of the UK’s civil nuclear industry since the 1940s.

The existing Wick-based Caithness archive has also been relocated and housed in the new facility.
NDA has a commitment, in as far as possible, to make the building accessible to the public and to create a positive impact on the local community.

The essential quality of the architecture is to capture and reflect the special qualities of the shifting Caithness light. The archive is built of materials in neutral greys and whites and is perforated by three large rectangular pools lined with Caithness stone to reflect the light into the interiors.

The building operates at both a local and national level. It allows access to the local Caithness Archive
and is also a repository for the National Nuclear Archives. While the building is a secure facility, it also wishes to present an open and inviting face to the community.

• NDA now seeks an artist(s) to engage with the community and the particular light qualities of the building to create an artwork which would complement the function of both archives and the architectural features and which will forge links between facility and the community in which it is situated.
The appointed artist would create a light installation/projections/film-based artwork to be displayed in one or more of the public spaces within (or outside) the building, either on a permanent or temporary basis.

• Please see Artist’s Brief for full description of staged artist’s process
• A budget of £13,500 is available for the project which includes Artist’s Fee and expenses, equipment, materials, production, installation, website or software support and all other project costs.

The project will be managed by High Life Highland.

Location: Highland

For further information, please contact (Cathy Shankland), or call 01463237114, or visit

The deadline is Monday 15 May 2017 at 17:00.

Visual Arts