February 26, 2021 3 min read
Every now and then I get some amazing opportunities. And when I got asked to create a mural for the quiet waiting area at Gateshead Civic Centre I was thrilled to say the least. In this blog post I will take you through the very particular requirements of this client and share some images of the finished mural.
The brief was to create a mural that was locally themed, that would give residents a sense of local pride, while also providing them with a space that would be relaxing and a bit of a distraction.
The quiet waiting area at Gateshead Civic Centre is used for people who are going through a difficult time, this particular room is for parents who (very sadly) might be registering the birth and/or death of their child. As you can imagine this is a very challenging time. And I took this brief very seriously and wanted to deliver a beautiful artwork that would give residents something to focus on at such a difficult time.
It was an absolute please to work on, and Carmel who commissioned the artwork was really wonderful to work with. This is what she had to say about the brief.
"The mural was designed to go onto our quiet waiting room and has windows on one wall and with a blank wall on the other. The quiet waiting room is primarily for people registering still births or difficult deaths such as child deaths, the room is separate from the main waiting area so if people come early they don’t have to sit with babies being registered. The room is also used for mothers breastfeeding where they would rather do it somewhere away from others and not in the main waiting area. Breastfeeding can be tricky in those first few days and weeks after a birth so this room gives them the space and privacy they need. The mural requirements were to reference places in Gateshead and to have detail that people could look at to help distract them while distressed or feeding their newborn."
And this is what Carmel had to say about working with me.
"Corinne understood exactly what I was after and her work had caught my eye already and originally I had thought about our newly refurbished ceremony rooms but after a site visit and conversation it became apparent that this mural was more important. Corinne sent drafts over which was both reassuring and exciting, she also liaised with the printer to ensure the level of detail, size and finish was right, which was great as its all new to me. The mural includes butterflies which as well as being attractive is also used frequently for neonatal deaths especially where there is a surviving twin and a butterfly card/image is placed in the cot in hospital so that nurses/other parents know without the hurt of the parent saying each time."
As you can imagine working on an artwork like this felt like a great responsibility and the attention to detail when working on a large scale piece like this is essential. It was also really important to work closely with the printers to make sure that the finished installation was practical and looked beautiful.
This commission has definitely given me a passion for seeing my work transformed into interior design solutions and working with more clients to deliver bigger and more spectacular artworks is top of my list. If you would like to commission me to work on a wall mural for your building then please get in touch. There are a number of techniques that can be used for spaces that have specific needs like the space at Gateshead Civic Centre. But I can also create murals for entertainment spaces, corporate buildings, reception areas and everything in between. My suppliers also have methods for installing out door artwork as well fine printing solutions for exhibitions. Get in touch to find out what different processes we can use to transform your spaces.
Get in touch today to find out more about how we can work together. Go to my contact page and send me details of your building, measurements and your brief.
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