The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Public Art Division is seeking professional Art Handling Firms to provide support for various art installation and deinstallation projects in the Public Art Division. The artworks are sited within non-traditional gallery and museum spaces such as, municipal office buildings and outdoor public spaces that host temporary or permanent art installations.
Working closely with City staff, the Art Handling Firms pre-qualified through this Call will be required to provide installation, de-installation, packing and transportation services for artworks managed and overseen by DCA Public Art Division on an annual basis.
Each submission will be assessed according to the following professional criteria:
- Experience working in non-traditional exhibition sites, as well standard exhibition sites;
- Knowledge and experience of museum level standards in preparing artwork installation and deinstallation plans, risk assessment reports, incoming and outgoing condition reports;
- Knowledge and experience of packing and protecting artwork for local transit including fabricating the most economical packing options, and providing insurance coverage for same-day transportation to and from exhibition sites;
- Experience in all aspects of installing and deinstalling artworks, including museum-level standards for proper handling, mounting and dismounting of two and three dimensional artworks; the assembly, installation, disassembly and deinstallation of multi-media and/or audio-visual equipment and components; the proper use and storage of hand and power tools; the proper use of scaffolding and lifts during installation and deinstallation;
- Knowledge of carpentry, electrical, and woodworking skills, including knowledge of a range of building materials, associated equipment and basic painting, spackling, and sanding experience;
- Capacity to withstand light to heavy physical labor, including kneeling, reaching, pushing, pulling, climbing stairs, and lifting up to fifty (50) pounds;
- Capacity for serving as a temporary repository and/or storage for artworks; including insurance coverage for stored artwork;
- Knowledge and demonstrated practice of safety procedures during installation and deinstallation, including CAL OSHA standards and proof of general liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
How to Apply
For information on eligibility, selection process, rights and responsibilities, submission processes and requirements, please download the RFQ below.