Hours Per Week:
17
Suitable for:
Alumni only
Can this job be completed remotely?
Yes
Location
London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London
Display Salary
£13.35 p/h (including holiday pay)
Vacancy Type
Graduate Consultancy Project
 

Job Description

Background and Context
 
In 2020, Southwark Council instigated the Southwark Stands Together programme: a borough-wide commitment to tackling persistent and entrenched racial inequalities. As part of this commitment, the Council recognises that the borough’s public realm needs to become more inclusive, representing and celebrating the contribution of Southwark’s diverse communities and ensuring that all residents feel welcome in the borough’s public spaces. We are therefore conducting an audit of the public realm – including street names – and we are reviewing our Built Environment, Naming and Public Art Policies so that they better reflect the council’s and community’s vision for Southwark.
 
A key part of the Public Art Policy review is to hear directly from the local community. We want to know what art residents would like to see more of, or less of, in their public spaces; we want to know whether residents would like to be more involved in the decision-making processes around public art; and we want to understand how public art makes residents feel about their neighbourhoods and town centres – as well as how they would like it to make them feel.
 
We want our new Public Art Policy to be a catalyst for anti-racist change in the public realm. As a result of the new policy we want to see artwork in public spaces that is symbolic not of embedded racism but of inclusion.
 
We will therefore be inviting Southwark residents to take part in a series of conversational ‘un-conferences’ using Open Space Technology: a highly democratic framework for talking about issues that matter, which invites participants to set the agenda and to convene conversations about things they care about with anybody else who cares about them too. We are proposing to host these conversations in early September 2021 under the invitation question: “How can art in Southwark’s public spaces make everybody feel welcome and proud of our borough?” This might mean that people talk about what kind of art they would like to see, where they would like to see it, who gets offered opportunities to make it, or to influence what gets made, and what impact art has on the communities who live here and on the people that visit the borough.
 
We are now seeking designers to observe and creatively respond to these public conversations, using them as inspiration for designing a series of graphic artworks that capture and celebrate the community’s hopes for art in our public spaces. The artworks will amplify the community’s voices by being displayed on bus-stop shelters around Southwark, and they will also serve as a call to action to encourage people who didn’t attend the Open Space events to share their views with us via an online survey about the new Public Art Policy. The artworks will also be used online and via social media to extend the conversation to a wider audience.
 
Purpose
  • To create an artwork, or series of artworks, that represents and celebrates the thoughts, hopes and ambitions of the local Southwark community for art in Southwark’s public spaces, inspired by – and serving as a creative documentation of – the Open Space conversation events in September.
  • To create an artwork, or series of artworks, that encourages people to share their own vision for public art with the Council through an online survey that will inform the new Public Art Policy for Southwark.
  • To create an artwork, or series of artworks, that amplifies the creative talent of artists from underrepresented communities.
 
Deliverables
 
The artworks should be simple, clear and easy to read. They should be impactful and creative enough to raise the profile of the community conversation around public art in Southwark and they should contain enough information to prompt and enable a viewer to complete the online survey.We envisage the following process:
  1. Students can apply either as individuals or as a collective (maximum 3 people for the collective). Individuals who are successful will be put into a collective with other individual applicants after the selection process is complete.
  2. The collective will work up initial sketch concepts, exploring creative ideas, and present an update on progress to Southwark Culture Team officers in late August.
  3. All members of the collective will attend one of the Open Space Technology community conversation events on either 8th / 9th or 11th September (dates tbc by Southwark Council as soon as possible).
  4. The collective will finalise their preferred artwork design inspired by the community Open Space conversations and present it in ‘print-ready’ state to the selection panel for approval on Monday 27th September
  5. The collective has a week to make any final amends to their artwork factoring in feedback from selection panel, for submission to printing on Monday 4th October (hard deadline).
  6. Artwork will be installed on bus-stop poster sites from Monday 25th October – Sunday 7th November 2021.
*Please see the attachment for more details.

    Personal Specification

    The role is ideal for designers looking to implement their knowledge in a real case study.
     
    The opportunity is open to Graduates from two courses only:
    BA/MA Graphic Branding and Identity
    BA/MA Graphic Media Design
     
    We have limited budget for the role. Successful applicants will only be paid for the allocated hours, you are expected to finish the job within these hours. It is estimated that each student will work 58 hours.
     
    The project will be guided by an experience Assistant Lecturer in Design. 
     
    Please see the attachment for application form - it is essential and you complete this in full. 
    Feel free to attach any other supporting information you deem necessary  ie. portfolios. 

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