Site-Specific Commission: Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia

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.

The winning commission will be selected by a diverse panel representing GSGSSI, South Georgia stakeholders and the creative community; the chosen applicant(s) will create a creative intervention that will set the scene for visitors to Grytviken. Its purpose is to help visitors interpret Grytviken’s past and present and to celebrate the recolonization of whales, seals, seabirds and plant life, thanks to excellent British stewardship and environmental management of South Georgia’s terrestrial and marine environments.

This commission is part of a cultural heritage programme to communicate a poignant message about our changing attitudes to nature and the need for resolute stewardship of our oceans and the natural world.


Still from drone footage of Grytviken Whaling Station, showing the old landing point (the “Flensing Plan”) for Whale Catcher ships


Application Process

The competition will take place in two phases, with applicants invited to submit preliminary proposals followed by a shortlisting process.

  • 4 November 2019 – application process open 
  • 12 January 2020 (17.00hrs GMT) – application deadline
  • February – all applications will be considered by the pre-selection panel
  • February / March – selected applications will be considered by the judging panel 
  • March – 3 shortlisted applicants notified 
  • April – 3 shortlisted applicants present further developed proposals to the judging panel at interview 
  • May – the final selected commission will be announced


Before applying please download the creative brief which contains full details on the commission, application process, how to apply and eligibility. 

  1. Creative Brief 
    Please click on the link to watch
  2.  Drone Footage of Grytviken Whaling Station, South Georgia 

    Further supporting documents about South Georgia can be found on the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands website:
  3. Heritage Framework 
  4. Conservation Management Plan 

Application and supporting documentation must be sent directly to

If you have any questions about the application process or commission please email

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Humpback Whales off the coast of South Georgia Island, photo by Phil Tempest, 2015