Wanted: illustrator to help us celebrate D'Arcy Thompson
We are seeking an illustrator associated with the University of Dundee and DJCAD (current student, graduate or staff) to illustrate a D’Arcy Thompson-inspired colouring-in book.
This book will mark the University of Dundee’s 50th anniversary by celebrating D’Arcy Thompson in general, and his seminal text, On Growth and Form, in its centenary year, in particular.
The book is for S1 pupils at all of Dundee’s secondary schools, to raise awareness of D’Arcy Thompson’s huge contribution to knowledge globally, and to welcome them to their new school.
The deadline for interested applicants is 12noon on Monday 24th April.
Please email Peggy at email@example.com if you have any questions. The full brief is available below.
DESIGN BRIEF: D’ARCY THOMPSON ON GROWTH AND FORM COLOURING IN BOOK
We are seeking an illustrator associated with the University of Dundee or DJCAD (current student, graduate or staff) to illustrate a D’Arcy Thompson-inspired colouring-in book.
This book will mark the University of Dundee’s 50th anniversary by celebrating D’Arcy Thompson in general, and his seminal text, On Growth and Form, in its centenary year, in particular. The book is for all new S1 pupils at all of Dundee’s secondary schools, to raise awareness of D’Arcy Thompson’s huge contribution to knowledge globally, and to welcome them to their new school. These books will be delivered in time for their first day at school on Tuesday 15th August 2017.
The illustrator will be selected by the start of May with the work happening in May & June, and delivered by Friday 30th June.
The deadline for interested applicants is 12noon on Monday 24th April. Responses should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO ARE WE?
Literary Dundee is a University of Dundee-led initiative that connects books, readers, writers and the brightest ideas. We produce the annual Dundee Literary Festival (October), the Dundee International Book Prize for debut, unpublished novelists, and a variety of year round projects, events and publications (such as this one), working in concert with a range of partners within the University and outside it.
The University’s Museum Collections include over 30,000 historic artefacts, artworks and specimens acquired during the institution’s existence. Matthew Jarron is responsible for the care, interpretation and accessibility of the University’s museum collections, which are used for learning and teaching within the University and for public engagement and wider impact locally and globally. Matthew is also our resident D’Arcy Thompson expert.
WHO IS D’ARCY THOMPSON AND WHAT IS ON GROWTH AND FORM?
D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was one of the most famous scientific personalities of his time – and that time was extensive, for he occupied important University chairs for a total of 64 years. D’Arcy took up the first Chair of Biology at what was then University College Dundee in 1885. He quickly acquired a reputation as an inspirational (and increasingly eccentric) teacher, while also playing an active role in local organisations such as the Dundee Social Union, the Dundee Naturalists Society and the Dundee Working Men’s Field Club. During his 32 years in Dundee he founded and developed a large and impressive Zoology Museum, collecting specimens from all over the world. Although the building was demolished in the 1950s, a new version of the museum was opened in 2008, featuring many of his original specimens.
D’Arcy’s collection provided the bedrock for his ongoing research into the mathematical principles of nature, work which would culminate in 1917 in the publication of his landmark book On Growth and Form. It pioneered the science of bio-mathematics and has been hailed as “the greatest work of prose in 20th-century science.” As well as continuing to inspire biologists and mathematicians today, it also proved hugely influential to such celebrated artists as Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi and Ben Nicholson. The book was, however, just one of around 300 works published during his career.
Knighted in 1937, D’Arcy was a polymath, equally well qualified to occupy chairs of Zoology, Mathematics and Physics. His mathematical abilities are well to the fore in On Growth and Form, while his fluency in Greek and Latin are to be seen in his translations of Aristotle and his Glossary of Greek Birds and Glossary of Greek Fishes.
D’Arcy died in 1948, still teaching up to the age of 87. Although he moved in 1917 to St Andrews to take up the Chair of Natural History at the University there, he and his work are still very strongly linked to and celebrated by the University of Dundee. Despite his contemporaneous fame, and huge contribution to his fields of expertise, D’Arcy is not a figure much celebrated today in the wider world. This colouring-in books seeks to address that in a fun, playful way.
WHO ARE YOU?
You are associated with the University of Dundee or DJCAD, either as a current student, a graduate or a member of staff. You will illustrate 24 black and white line drawings, inspired by D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form (see attachments documents for a sense of the plates from On Growth and Form), and holdings from the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, which will be selected by Matthew Jarron. You will be available to work on this project between May and June, and willing and able to work to our timeframe and budget, and to work with us with openness and good humour. You will bring a natural curiosity to the project and to your work, and a freshness and sense of fun that will inspire recipients to consider D’Arcy Thompson and his work in a new light.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
– We want to inspire new S1 pupils across Dundee’s secondary schools to be excited by the possibilities of education, by D’Arcy Thompson and his work in and links with Dundee.
– We want to welcome them to their new school with a fun book that will be both educational and a shared experience and ice breaker with their new peers.
– We want to encourage pupils to engage with the intricacy of D’Arcy’s work and, in the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, to consider that design is truly all around us in the world
– Colouring-in books have been shown to help improve focus, reduce stress and allow for self-expression, all important factors for pupils at their new school.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
In the first instance this is for S1 pupils (11 & 12 year olds) in mainstream secondary education. We will also produce additional copies for a special D’Arcy Thompson inspired event at this year’s Dundee Literary Festival (October) and as gifts for VIPs / visitors / festival authors etc.
The artwork will be black and white and inspired by the graphics in D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form as well as some of the pieces in the museum collection, which will be supplied to you by us. You will be encouraged and welcome to visit the collection in Dundee for a meeting with Matthew Jarron. Each illustration will be accompanied by a small amount of explanatory text (supplied by Matthew Jarron); this will need to be borne in mind when producing the artwork though we are flexible as to how it will fit into the overall design. The book will be soft cover, a little bigger than A5 in size. Technical specifications available on request and agreed on appointment.
BUDGET AND TIMEFRAME
The fee is £1500, paid on completion of the project at the end of June.
The successful candidate will be notified by the end of April, and have May and June to work on the pieces. The deadline for delivery of final pieces is Friday 30th June.
Please send your CV, a short cover letter outlining your suitability for and interest in the project, along with some portfolio pieces to Peggy Hughes email@example.com by 12noon on Monday 24th April.