Sparks Illustrator Brief for Thackray Medical Museum

Deadline: 05/09/2021  |  Published: 03/08/2021  |  City: Leeds  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Thackray Museum of Medicine

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We are redeveloping our 'Sparks' early years play area and looking for a children’s illustrator to help create a comfortable, fun and vibrant environment which reflects our mission to inspire people with the passion and purpose of medicine and healthcare.

We aim to create a setting which encourages sensory play for 18 months  - 4 year olds. Six themed areas aim to build medicaol capital in pre-schoolers and their carers:

  • confidence in using medical settings
  • familiarity with healthcare professionals
  • an understanding of how the body works


Audiences that are dear to our heart are:

  • the very local, very diverse audiences in Harehills
  • those living with chronic illness or disability

...so our design needs to be inclusive and representative and we would like children to be included in the design process.


The area is divided into two parts:

  • role play area introducing different healthcare settings and themes c.5.5m x 7m
  • softplay experience based on food travelling through the digestive system


Milestones:

Mid Sept: appoint illustrator and designer to refine concepts and draft ideas. 

Early October: test and refine illustrations and graphics with nursery group. 

End October: final illustrations to graphic designer.

Early Novemnber: finalise graphic design; print and install

Mid November: launch

Scope:

Create the following illustrations for exclusive and univeral use by Thackray Museum of Medicine primarily for use within 'Sparks' but also to promoting the site and, for example, creating commerial products.

  • 5 'Feelgood Friends' animal characters with names eg optician - with big eyes - owl?
  • 5 character symbols eg ambulance, tooth...
  • Create continual repeating wall frieze of the characters and symbols to connect the 5 themed areas
  • giant child's mouth, arm and fork to surround the soft play entrance
  • for the journey through the digestive system - 5 illustrative drawings (food, splashes... simple anatomy tbc) to be painted on to the textured walls (painting not part of this brief).


Work with the Thackray team to develop concepts and work through design ideas to final illustrations and to consult with children at a local nursery.

Work with a graphic designer to ensure illustrations are supplied in suitable formats and quality for print or digital platforms.

Next steps: If you are interested in working with us on this project, please submit a proposal to include:

  • your suggested approach
  • suggested timings
  • suitable examples of your work
  • budget

or contact Sue Mackay to visit/discuss.

By: 5pm, 5th September

 

Contact the curator
Who is eligible for this opportunity?
The Thackray Museum of Medicine is actively committed to promoting Equality, Inclusion and Diversity. We are a Disability Confident employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
When is the deadline?
5pm, 5th September 2021
Are there payments to artists?
We would like you to quantify the work required to fulfil the brief and tell us about it in your proposal
Is there a private view / opening?
Yes, there will be a launch
Does the location have disabled access?
Yes
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We will be putting together a launch campaign which will feature the illustrator
Do I need to be present?
It would be good for you to visit the museum at the beginning of the project to get a feel for our mission, brand and other children's activities
How do you decide on proposals?
A panel including local school partners (if possible), learning staff and Thackray leadership team will shortlist proposals
What are the selection criteria?
We will be looking for an illustrator to:
- create a comfortable, fun and vibrant environment which reflects our mission to inspire people with the passion and purpose of medicine and healthcare.
-create a setting which encourages sensory play for 18m-4year olds. Six themed areas aim to build ‘medical capital’ in pre-schoolers and their carers:
• confidence in using medical settings
• familiarity with healthcare professionals.
• An understanding of how the body works
A proposal which responds to our targetted audiences:
• very local, very diverse audiences in Harehills
• those living with chronic illness or disability
A proposal which offers good value for money for our charity

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