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Site-Specific Commission: Grytviken Whaling Station
Commission South Georgia Island

Site-Specific Commission: Grytviken Whaling Station


The island of South Georgia is a sub-Antarctic UK Overseas Territory located in the South Atlantic. Due to its proximity to major oceanic currents, South Georgia is a wildlife haven and the site of globally significant environmental and conservation research.

Under the umbrella of the GSGSSI heritage strategy and Conservation Management Plan for Grytviken, SGHT and FOSGI are hosting an international competition that will engage creative practitioners from varying artistic disciplines to develop a site-specific commission to celebrate the whale through a reinterpretation of the former Flensing Plan. This is an inspirational project, an opportunity to create a legacy for the future, a message of hope for the natural world and a reinterpretation that will challenge visitors to consider man’s changing relationship with nature and in particular with the whale.


  • Open to individuals, collaborative partnerships or organisations from varying artistic disciplines.
  • Open to mid-career or established practitioners witha proven interest in one or more of the following areas -cultural heritage, the natural environment, ecological issues orconservation.
  • 5+ years’ experience practicing in your chosen artform.
  • Track record of delivering large-scale projects on time and on budget


  • Artist Fee £50,000 (incl.of VAT if applicable) (the period of engagement is expected to be 24 months,but this is subject to concept, production, Government priorities, maintenance & fundraising)
  • Production Budget of between £150,000.00–£2,000,000.00 (This budget must include all costs associated with the artform including items such as design, shipping, construction). All costs associated with this commission including the maintenance legacy will be paid for through the fundraising activities of SGHT and FOSGI. The maintenance funds must be secured prior to any construction commencing, so affordability will be a factor when assessing proposals.