Artist Opportunity - COMMISSION, Breaking the Mould 2020

Award trophies - artist commission

Breaking the Mould gives a spotlight to the growing innovation-led organisations that have benefitted from a suite of innovative support programmes are available from Keele University. The awards are about recognising and celebrating some of the remarkable achievements of our business partners and graduate employers, and the work we do together. Businesses that enrich the life of the university, our research and its impact, education and how we prepare students for their lives beyond university. The second Breaking the Mould awards event will take place on Wednesday 2 December 2020, this year’s event will be virtual.

In 2019 local artist Richard Redwin was commissioned to create the first set of Breaking the Mould award trophies. Richard is a multidisciplinary artist; he had recently collaborated with Keele University on Subversive Plasticity an exhibition that explored the interplay between materials and the forms they take in plastic objects. It seemed fitting that the first award trophies were created by using waste materials from the building development of the Smart Innovation Hub, the new home for the University Management School, tenants from the Science Park and the location of the Awards ceremony.
The Awards committee wanted the trophies to be more than an ‘off-the-shelf’ product, with award winners to taking away something with deeper meaning, a real connection to the place and something that would sit on shelves as a piece of art.

The first set of awards celebrated sustainability, collaboration, and support of our local creative economy.
For 2020 Breaking the Mould would again like to commission an artist to create 8 awards which will be presented to the winners of the various categories (see Appendix 1 for list of categories).
Additional documents:

APPENDIX 1  List of 2020 Award categories
APPENDIX 2 Overview of the Breaking the Mould Awards
APPENDIX 3 Images from the 2019 award ceremony
Deadline for submission of expressions of interest: Wednesday 16 September 2020

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