Open call for artists to design & install new signage at Sunny Bank Mills!

Deadline: 31/01/2021

Venue: Sunny Bank Mills  |  City: Leeds  |  Sunny Bank Mills

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Old Woollen Hoardings: we need some signs!

The Old Woollen is iconic. The oldest building on our site and slap bang (almost) in the centre; it is at the heart of our plans for the future. The event space is a space for performance, theatre, music, comedy, spoken word, opera, art, workshops, and culture. It is where we hold our Art Markets, collaborate with the cultural and local community, and celebrate our history with our future.

It has just had a makeover which includes a brand-new shiny floor. We are about to build a bar (using old furniture from the Mill, naturally!) and it adjoins the new Weavers Yard, all 65,000 square feet of it!

The new entrance to the event space will be through Weavers Yard and we want some new hoardings to direct and engage people towards the space (and shout about it!)

If you are a graphic designer, illustrator, street artist or artist inspired by our spaces this may be for you!

Interested?  Send us an expression of interest to show us your work and why you want to apply. 

We will then shortlist 3 candidates to create designs. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch their formal ideas to us (hopefully in person - covid permitting!). Each shortlisted artist will be paid £100 for their presentation.

Old Woollen Hoarding Brief 

To provide colourful & engaging directional signage on temporary hoarding adjacent to the entrance to a multiuse cultural venue.


·      To help visitors navigate to the Old Woollen Entrance.

·        To provide a backdrop to the entrance and terrace outside the Old Woollen.


·         Dimensions – the hoarding is 2700mm high, the section near the door is 3600mm long, the section facing the door is 3700mm long and the section by the steps is 4700 long. (see images)

·         Text - Font Alternative Gothic NO 2BT (only caps) for Header, and Agenda Light for Body

·         It should incorporate a space to mount posters advertising future events etc.

·         The signage will be attached to ply hoarding with a life span of up to 5 years

·         It should meet any relevant health and safety regulations

For more info on fonts/text: See Sunny Bank Mills brand guidelines here.

Colour choices are up to the artist!


£1500 for design, materials and installation.

(£100 for each shortlisted artist for their proposal/presentation time)


Application Deadline: 31th January 2021

Shortlist Announced by: 5th February 2021

Interview/Presentation: Week commencing 22nd February 2021

Project Completion/Installation: 30th April 2021


If you wish to come and look around the outside areas please do. If you have some questions then please get in touch!


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When is the deadline?
31st January 2020
Are there payments to artists?
Yes, for the successful candidate the project total budget is £1500 for design, materials and installation.
3 shortlisted candidates will be paid £100 for their time and proposal.

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