Commissioning of life-size bronze figures


The National Heritage Project (NHP) is an exciting new public heritage and tourism initiative ultimately to be situated in Johannesburg. The ‘spine’ or heart of the initiative is ‘The Long March to Freedom’: a procession of more than 400 life-size bronze representations of individuals from South Africa’s varied and multi-layered history.

The National Heritage Project Company, custodian of the NHP, wishes to receive Expressions of Interest from suitably capable and experienced artists and sculptors for the creation of a number of life-size bronze representations of specific individuals from South Africa’s history. The bronzes will be full-figure representations in the internationally accepted tradition of realistic sculptural portraiture, and will be included in the existing outdoor procession of figures which constitutes the first phase of ‘The Long March to Freedom’.

It is intended that commissions be awarded by mid- to end- February 2013 and the completion and delivery date for final work will be end June 2013. Interested persons should submit a comprehensive professional profile and portfolio of previous work no later than Monday 28 January 2013, 12:00, to: or

or hand-delivered for attention Sarah or Yolandi to:
The National Heritage Project Company
Sony Music Building
45 Jan Smuts Avenue, cnr The Valley Road
Westcliff, Johannesburg

or faxed to: +27 (0) 11 646 8384

On the basis of EOIs received, the NHP will compile a shortlist and issue those artists with a comprehensive project brief, project schedule, and agreement which will include payment details and terms of appointment. On acceptance of the terms artists will be requested to produce a marquette of a specific individual to a specified scale which work will bear a nominal fee. Final commissions will only be awarded after adjudication of the marquettes. Shortlisted artists may also be requested to attend a full project briefing and / or workshop at the National Heritage Project Company offices in Johannesburg prior to the awarding of final commissions.

Should you have any queries please submit them electronically to Sarah or Yolandi on the e-mail addresses above. Please feel free to distribute this Call for Expression of Interest to other artists or institutions you think may be interested.