First of all, we were introduced to the Commission Checklist and discussed some possibilities that we might have to consider when communicating with a commissioner:
- Can't guarantee the client is the commissioner.
- Danger of chinese whispers (things could get mis-communicated)
- Ethos of building- what goes on? what are their values?
- 3M- ecofriendly, contemporary, growth, business.
- Find out their limits.
- What if personal ethos doesn't match clients ethos?
After much discussion, the whole class came up with a final Commission Checklist to consider when we go to the building:
- Space and lighting
- Fit to colour scheme
- Limits? Open-minded? Appropriate!
- Funding for resources- time/ money/ people
- Inside/ Outside
- What kind of people work there?
- Health and Safety- practicalities
- How many pieces do they want? Can we create multiple works?
- Size of work?
- Accessibility? Are we curating it?
- Long lasting materials? How long will it be up for?
We also decided on some questions to ask while we were there, and also things to look out for:
Questions (Don't ask questions you can research- show interest)
- Previous art work? Consider reaction/ repetition
- Are projections allowed?
- Size restrictions?
- After initial ideas, can we check health and safety?
- Will they or us be doing risk assessments?
- How many works are they expecting?
- How many sites are available?
- How do we keep in touch? Invite them to the studio.
- When can we access the building? Curation?
- How long is the work up for?
- Who views it? Can anyone say no? Who is it?
Look Out For
- Existing objects
- How it's used- who? How?
- Mood; feel of building
- Noise- bleeding
With all these things in mind I feel prepared to visit the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and take plenty of notes. A post will follow once the visit has been completed.