Opportunity: Hidden doors commission – Traquair Maze

Up to five commissions available to create hidden doors in the Traquair Maze.

Traquair’s Maze is the largest hedged maze in Scotland and was planted in 1981. It covers approximately ¼ acre and is planted with a mix of Cyprus Leylandi and beech. It is visited by thousands of adults and children every year and is one of the main attractions at Traquair.


We would like to commission up to five hidden “doors” in the Traquair Maze to add another intriguing dimension and a further element of surprise.

We invite artists/designers to design and install some innovative doorways in the Maze. The doors would be inserted into the hedge structure and would provide a short cut, or not, to the footpath on the other side.

The doorways could be either proper working doors or perhaps false doors, tiny doors or natural doorways. However, it is envisaged that the majority of these doorways will be permanent fixtures so artists should bear in mind the materials used should be sustainable and also that this is a public space so designs should be able to withstand use by children and not present any dangers.

The theme of “hidden histories” will be explored in 2020 as Traquair’s own history is filled with secrets and the concept of hiding and disguise was a necessity due to the family’s allegiance to the Jacobite cause and as Roman Catholics they were forced to hide their religious beliefs and political allegiances.


4/5 commissions are available – each receiving a fee of £1000.


Applications will close on Friday 10th April 2020.
Implementation and installation over the summer months with opening planned in September. There will be an opportunity to exhibit your work and developments for this project in the Pavillion Galleries at Traquair.

How to Apply

Please email Catherine Maxwell Stuart and include:
Reasons for your interest in this project and how it relates to your current practice;
An outline vision of your idea for the project
Please also include:
• Your CV/artist statement
• Four examples of your recent work
• Website/online links to view your work

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