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Artists invited to submit designs for panels on promenade gateway bollards

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Artists are being invited to submit designs to feature on gateway bollards as part of the Douglas Promenade Refurbishment scheme.

The bollards will indicate the entrance points to the low traffic speed area, at the southern end of Loch Promenade and the northern end of Harris Promenade.

Made of granite, they will be 1.4 metres tall and have an embossed Celtic Knot design on the top. Each of the four bollards will feature two side panels, 20cm wide and 80cm tall, which will carry the winning designs.

Gateway marker design

Gateway marker design 2

Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer MHK said:

‘With the enabling works now well under way on the promenade, we are seeking designs for these prominent features to be used to display public art. The winning designs will form an important part of this exciting refurbishment project and I encourage as many people as possible to submit their work’.

The project is being supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council, with chairman Marlene Hendy MLC and members Dave Armstrong and Phil Chadwick comprising the judging panel.

Emma Callin, Head of the Villa Marina, Gaiety Theatre and Arts, explained:

‘This will be a wonderful opportunity for someone to be part of a lasting legacy for the Isle of Man. There could be up to 8 different designs or 4 pairs of designs that flow and complement each other.’

The artist’s brief can be obtained from or

Designs should be submitted no later than 2 January 2019 to the MyProm office on the ground floor, Sea Terminal, Douglas.

For an informal discussion regarding the design competition, contact Jane Corkill at the Arts Council by emailing or by calling +44 1624 694598. 

The Department of Infrastructure will be responsible for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of both the marker posts and artwork.

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