Opening up Mima’s Jewellery Collection

Opening up Mima’s Jewellery Collection

This will involve co-ordinating the development of a new permanent jewellery display at mima, alongside a jewellery residency and associated learning programmes at mima and Teesside University.

Reference number: MBC000246

Deadline date:15/07/2013

This deadline is for… Closing Date for Submissions is 12 noon on Monday 15th July 2013

Contract value:£20,000 – £25,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Middlesbrough

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: MIMA

 

Description of the contract

Due to funding through Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund of £299,000 over 2 years, mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) in partnership with Teesside University, are inviting freelance project managers to apply for a temporary 2-year contract. This will involve co-ordinating the development of a new permanent jewellery display at mima, alongside a jewellery residency and associated learning programmes at mima and Teesside University. At the heart of this project is the reconfiguring of an existing ‘backstage’ space at mima to provide greatly enhanced public access to an aspect of our collection. With relatively modest refurbishment costs and little or no structural alterations to the building we can increase the space for public display and interaction by 60 m2 or 10%. Jewellery has been chosen as the initial focus on the basis that the collection is unique in the UK. This reconfiguration is a means to an end: the end is fundamentally to challenge and to learn from ways that audiences can, and choose to, engage with this aspect of mima’s collection with the aspiration that the approach be rolled out to the other key specialisms at mima, namely drawing and ceramics. The new exhibition space will allow us to permanently show our collection for the first time and will enable us to attract increased audiences and extend dwell time for existing visits which will benefit trade in our shop and café, as well as increase in-gallery donations and update of friends memberships. We will develop our retail strategy to reflect the jewellery focus and increase sales of locally based jewellers. The fee and hours for the Project Manager including travel and subsistence over a 2 year period, is negotiable, with an expectation that there will be more focus in the first 9 months of the project, dependent on demands and timescales of the project. There is an expectation that the PM will work for between 2-3 days per week in the first 9 months, followed by 1-2 days for the remaining period. The fee will be between £20,000 and £25,000 dependent on experience. The freelance contract will start in summer 2013, subject to a successful recruitment process. The Role The Project Manager is expected to co-ordinate, deliver and manage the project plan from beginning through to completion, the first task being a re-negotiation of the plan and timeline upon appointment. They will oversee the budget, and will meet regularly with the project group, and report bi-monthly to a steering group, with representatives from across the two organisations. The project will be overseen by the steering group, and the role of Project Manager will be managed by mima’s Education & Audience Development Manager, to whom they will report directly. The Project Manager will mainly liase with mima, Teesside University and Middlesbrough Council property services. We are looking for someone who is self-sufficient, motivational, and who is able to work with a range of colleagues from across these two organisations. The successful candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas within a museum and gallery context: proven project management skills ability to manage a capital project budget management reporting to stakeholders curatorial expertise working with the public learning and interpretation. We are looking for someone with excellent communication and organisational skills, with an awareness of the technicalities associated with museum display, practical experience of internal building adaptations, and the ability to liase with a wide range of contractors, gallery staff and University staff to realise the overall vision for the new display space. The successful candidate will have the ability to research, advise and assist in the procurement of relevant IT kit for the space, and support staff in the use of the kit. Alongside this, we are looking for someone with the ability to understand the needs of a Jeweller in Residence for mima staff and audiences, and University staff and students, as well as working with gallery staff to ensure that interpretation is at the heart of the new display, and that learning outcomes are developed alongside and beyond the development of the space. The Project Manager will be expected to produce quarterly interim reports to Arts Council England, in the areas of activity, risk strategy, and evaluation for the length of the project. The Project mima jewellery collection is a major asset in building audiences, and this project will enable us to demystify the processes of collections, display and conservation as a key part of our role as a museum, by making them all part of a permanent display. The main outcomes include: • Improve public access and engagement with mima’s jewellery collection • Demystify the processes of acquisition, conservation and display • Enhance the public’s feeling of ownership of the collection • Better and more innovative ways of displaying jewellery This will be the first major opportunity for mima and Teesside University to share expertise and vision on a joint project that will develop learning opportunities based around a key collection component, for both mima’s audiences and Teesside University’s staff and students. mima’s jewellery collection is one of the most important in the UK, alongside the V&A and Crafts Council collections, and comprises over 200 objects. Teesside University is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading Universities for creativity, and won Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2009. A new jewellery display will be created on mima’s second floor, alongside an interpretation plan that will involve audience groups throughout the development of the space. With learning at the heart of the project, there will be ongoing opportunities for interaction, as well as related education programmes. A Jeweller in Residence will be appointed to create links between mima and Teesside University, alongside the Meteor programme and jewellery conference, both of which will be hosted by Teesside University. A predicted budget for the physical redevelopment of the jewellery space is attached to this document and gives a more detailed idea of the scope of activities. Application deadline: 12 Noon Monday 15 July 2013 mima mima is a leading art gallery based in Middlesbrough, which exhibits, commissions and collects world-class modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present. Local connectivity, international outlook and innovation are vital to all that mima achieves and this is reflected in our brand values: welcoming, inspiring, accessible and ambitious. We believe that … Art can raise questions, create dialogue, generate empathy, foster understanding and trigger reflection providing a space to express, share and shape values. Engaging with art can generate new capabilities and explore new possibilities, raising aspirations and creating economic opportunities. As a public art gallery, we have a responsibility to offer access to art to the widest possible audience and to do so in a way that enables individuals and communities to unlock the potential of art and culture for themselves. mima’s jewellery collection mima’s jewellery collection examines contemporary practice by artists who have chosen jewellery as their specific genre. Beginning in the 1980s, there is a focus on what has become dubbed as The New Jewellery, a focus on concept-based jewellery, particularly utilising non-precious material. More recent collecting has diversified to reflect the emergence of radical approaches to goldsmithing. The collection is unique in the UK for its focus on contemporary international practice, and is comparable in importance to the Crafts Council’s collection of UK jewellery and the V&A’s contemporary collection. Since the early days of what became known as the ‘New Jewellery Movement‘, jewellers have explored the potential, and advanced the boundaries of jewellery that has provoked and stimulated reactions from wearers and viewers. This contemporary jewellery challenges preconceptions of jewellery and art, and moves away from the traditional aesthetic approach to design. The award of £150,000 from The Northern Rock Foundation Craft Acquisition scheme enabled a similarly rapid growth in the jewellery and the ceramics collection with important works by Peter Chang, Ted Noten, Karl Fritsch and Dorothy Hogg having been acquired together with work by emerging artists such as Alexander Blank, Mirjam Hiller, Lucy Harvey and Kepa Karmona. To date the jewellery collection has featured in several collection-based exhibitions including One place to call home (2009) and Manners of the Present (2009). It formed the starting point for a major new commission as part of the museumaker project, which aimed to unite the jewellery collection with the culture of body adornment in Middlesbrough. Teesside University The School of Arts & Media at Teesside University comprises of Fine Art, Design, Media and Journalism, Performing Arts, History and English Studies. It has a strong Research ethos and will be entering the Research Excellence Framework in 3 Units of Assessment, Art & Design, English and History. It has since the inception of the National Student Survey come top in Student Satisfaction across its subjects. Selection process Short listed freelancers will be invited to interview at mima by a joint panel with representatives from mima and Teesside University. Who can apply Applications are invited from freelance project managers with the relevant range of skills and experience. How to apply Please submit a recent CV and up to two sides of A4, detailing your relevant experience and your ability to fulfil the role. Your proposals must be submitted by email to the email address shown below. Quotations@Middlesbrough.gov.uk. Please ensure the subject line of the email returning the quotation includes the quotation reference number MBC000246 Without this number the e-quotations system will not accept the quotation. The closing date for submissions is 12Noon on Monday 15th July If you have questions about the project or your application, please contact mima’s Education & Audience Development Manager Marie Neeson on 01642 726709 or mima’s Senior Curator James Beighton on 01642 726711

 

Documents

Classification of the contract

79421000 Project-management services other than for construction work

92320000 Arts-facility operation services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 24 Months

 

Who to contact

Contact name Marie Neeson and James Beighton

Organisation name MIMA

Address , TS1 9GA

Telephone 01642 726709/726711

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How to apply

Who can apply Applications are invited from freelance project managers with the relevant range of skills and experience. How to apply Please submit a recent CV and up to two sides of A4, detailing your relevant experience and your ability to fulfil the role. Your proposals must be submitted by email to the email address shown below. Quotations@Middlesbrough.gov.uk. Please ensure the subject line of the email returning the quotation includes the quotation reference number MBC000246 Without this number the e-quotations system will not accept the quotation. The closing date for submissions is 12Noon on Monday 15th July If you have questions about the project or your application, please contact mima’s Education & Audience Development Manager Marie Neeson on 01642 726709 or mima’s Senior Curator James Beighton on 01642 726711