Reception Desk Commission – Normanby Hall

Deadline: 03/01/2020  |  Published: 04/12/2019  |  Venue: Normanby Hall  |  City: Burton upon Stather, North Lincolnshire  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Rebecca Reed

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In 2020 we are making changes to the entrance hall at Normanby Hall to make it more welcoming to visitors, improve the legibility, and to include more information about the Sheffield Family and the history of the Hall. As part of this refurbishment, we would like to commission an artist to create a new desk for this area, which would respond to the regency architecture found in the entrance hall.

The commission

The desk should be a response to the regency entrance hall. The desk can be made in any material, but must be constructed in such a way, and made of materials that will withstand staff working at it on a daily basis without it becoming damaged.

The desk will provide workspace for one member of staff who will greet visitors as well as take bookings for weddings and other events as well as carry out other administrative duties while at this space. It will need to be able to large enough so that it can house a computer including monitor keyboard and mouse, CCTV monitor and hard drive (size of large DVD player), two debit/credit card terminals, signing-in book, receipt printer and till drawer.

The artist-maker will need to consider where electrical equipment will be placed on the desk so to achieve the best management of electrical wires/plugs etc. All electrical connections will be made by North Lincolnshire Council. We would prefer that the desk was designed in such a way so that the computer screen and CCTV monitor was hidden from public view but accessible for staff to view.

There will need to be at least 3 lockable drawers to secure equipment and cash tins. We also need an amount of storage space to include within the work area which could be incorporated in the desk or a separate cupboard behind the desk to store files/paperwork. At least one part of the desk should have a desk height of circa 750mm - to provide optimum access for visitors who are in wheelchairs. The artist-maker should consider Universal Design Guidelines, in particular around equitable use.

Application process:

Stage 1 – Artist-maker submissions

Artist-makers wishing to be considered for the commission should submit a short summary about their work, a CV giving information about other commissions/designs/furniture they have completed and up to 6 images of their previous work. They can also send links to access further information and images detailing their previous practice if they so wish.

Stage 2 – Design Stage

Up to four artist-makers will be offered a fee of £500 to produce a costed design for the commission. Stage 2 artist-makers can present their design in any format but will need to make clear: Material, size, construction methods, timetable for construction, and a robust budget, and any maintenance issues that we need to be aware of. We would happily accept samples of materials and maquettes.

Stage 3 - Commission Stage

One artist-maker will be invited to make the desk and a detailed timetable will be agreed with them, but it is expected to be installed during 2020.

 

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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
Any Artist-maker who has relevant experience commissions/designs/furniture
When is the deadline?
3rd January 2020 for the first stage of the application
How many works can I submit?
You can submit more than one if you like
How much does it cost?
There are no costs initially, any interested artist/ maker should submit a short summary about their work, a CV giving information about other commissions/designs/furniture they have completed and up to 6 images of their previous work. They can also send links to access further information and images detailing their previous practice if they so wish.
Are there payments to artists?
Stage 2 selection fee: £500
Selected artist fee: Tbc (to include transport and installation of desk at Normanby hall)
Additional budget may be available for publicity and promotion of the commission, and in-kind
services and facilities will be provided through discussion.
Does the location have disabled access?
yes
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
yes
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
Stage 2 – Design Stage
Up to four artist-makers will be offered a fee of £500 to produce a costed design for the
commission.
Stage 2 artist-makers can present their design in any format but will need to make clear:
Material, size, construction methods, timetable for construction, and a robust budget, and any
maintenance issues that we need to be aware of.
We would happily accept samples of materials and maquettes.

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