We are looking to the community to develop the design concept for the University of Suffolk’s first ceremonial mace. Thank you for your interest. Please find below the details of how to enter.
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Traditionally a ceremonial mace, is a highly ornamented staff of metal or wood, carried before a sovereign or other high officials in civic ceremonies by a mace-bearer, intended to represent the official's authority. The mace, as used today, derives from the original mace used as a weapon. Processions often feature ceremonial maces, for example at parliamentary or formal academic occasions. Within higher education a ceremonial mace has been a symbol of university scholarship and integrity since the 11th century. It is used at events such as Graduation and signifies the importance of the event and the conferment of the academic process.
The majority of universities have a mace, or even maces in some cases, usually made from silver or wood, some very ornate others of a much simpler design. Being a young university we are looking for something traditional but with a modern twist.
We plan to choose two design concepts, one carved predominantly from wood by a local wood turner, the other produced on a 3D printer. Both will be used in years to come at important events.
- We are looking for a simple design based on the University’s spirit and values and resonating with our location in Suffolk.
- When planning your design, please bear in mind its use and that it will be reproduced to a three dimensional design. It will either be carved predominantly from wood or created on a 3D printer.
- Ceremonial maces tend to be about three to four feet in length.
- For one of the maces we will be working with a Suffolk based wood turner to turn your design concept into the final design. You will be consulted in the creative process, where appropriate.
- All entry designs must be digital and submitted online. If you would like to create a model of the mace then please submit a photograph of your model.
- This competition is open to anyone who is living in Suffolk or who is working or studying in the county or at one of our Partner Colleges.
- There are two categories – up to 18 years in full-time mainstream education and over 18 years.
- You may submit up to three designs at once using the form above.
- The closing date is 9 June 2019.
- All terms and conditions in this application, form a part of the agreement between you and the University of Suffolk.
- In seeking an artist to work with us on this commission, we want to ensure that the design selected, by the panel, can evolve to continue to reflect the character and ethos of our University. Any contract awarded as part of the commission will protect the ongoing intellectual property of the designer(s) whilst also enabling the University to amend aspects of the design and to accommodate bespoke requirements. The University recognises all moral rights of the designers of the work.
- You must be the sole author and owner of the design entered or if the work is not your own in full, you must have sole permission in writing from the owner. The University of Suffolk does not accept liability in the publication of any reproduced art. By submitting your design, you warrant that you have all required rights and consents to submit the work and allow the University of Suffolk to use the design for the purposes as described.
- There will be a judging panel to choose the design. Those in the final shortlist may be invited to present their concept to the judging panel, week commencing 10 June
- The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with the current EU and UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
- By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
- Your prize will be the honour of designing a mace, working with the professionals on the end product, attending one of the graduation ceremonies week commencing 14 October 2019 to see the mace in action, and knowing that your design concept for the mace will be used for many years to come. There will also be the opportunity for the winning designer to have a free day’s tuition in the wood turners gallery and workshop.
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Data is obtained as a result of your entering the competition and will be kept digitally by the University of Suffolk, and the data collected includes your name, email address and telephone number which you are required to provide when submitting your entry.
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