Headlie Taylor Header Museum Sculpture EOI

The Greater Hume Shire Council, in partnership with the Headlie Taylor Header Museum and Murray Arts, wishes to commission a significant public artwork in front of the Headlie Taylor Header Museum, located within the Henty Bicentennial Park. The proposed artwork will need to respond to the recognition of Headlie Taylor and his invention. Henty is known as the Home of the Header and it is fitting and proper that the story and legend is enhanced in the sculpture.

EOI closes: COB 31 July 2017

Expressions of Interest should be forwarded to Alyce Fisher at Murray Arts E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the Headlie Taylor Header Museum Sculpture EOI Artist Brief HERE.

Brief overview:

Henty is situated 61kms south of the regional city of Wagga Wagga and 67kms north of the Border cities of Albury and Wodonga. The Headlie Taylor Header Museum is located in the township of Henty’s Bicentennial Park. The proposed site for the sculpture will be between the Museum and the Olympic Highway.

Years of fundraising by the Headlie Taylor Header Museum has secured funds from various Philanthropic and Government sources to commemorate the local agricultural engineer Headlie Taylor and recognise the historical contribution he made to agriculture. He is one of Australia’s greatest inventors in the field of agricultural machinery. This farmer’s son, who left school at the age of 14, developed the header harvester and laid the foundation for mechanical harvesting of grain which was adopted in Australia and throughout the world. The header harvester was developed in a farm blacksmith shop at Henty in Southern NSW at a time when the young nation of Australia was patriotically finding its identity.

Concept
The artwork will be a prominent and highly visible stand-alone work of high artistic quality, and will recognise and acknowledge Headlie Taylor and his invention.
The proposed artwork will need to respond to the recognition of Headlie Taylor and his invention of his header, on a nearby farm. Henty is known as the Home of the Header and it is fitting and proper that the story and legend is enhanced through this sculpture.
The project partners and philanthropic donors are keen for artists to exercise artistic expression and freedom on this project; however, the work will need to explore and refer to the themes specified for the sculpture by the HTHM, in particular, the vision, the energy and the legend that is Headlie Taylor and his Header.
The artist/s will need to work within the restrictions and parameters imposed by the site selected. However, artists selected to develop concepts will need to discuss their preliminary ideas with relevant members of the project advisory panel before developing final proposals.