Maeshowe Jewellery Competition Open to UHI Creative Industries Students

Are you a University of The Highlands and Islands student studying in the Creative Industries? Do you have a passion for jewellery design?

2016 marks the Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design. From textiles to technology, architecture to fashion and design, the year-long programme of activity beginning on 1 January until 31 December 2016, will shine the spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as its hidden gems.

Kicking off the celebrations, Historic Scotland, in conjunction with the University of Highlands and Islands and Ortak, are pleased to announce an exciting competition to design a range of jewellery, in which our Director, Chris Hunt is on the judging panel.

The brief is inspired by Maeshowe, the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe which is more than 5000 years old. Historic Scotland would like to see an exciting new range of contemporary jewellery inspired by this amazing place to compliment their existing retail range – and they need your help to do so!

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn. Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe and more than 5000 years old. It was broken into the mid-twelfth century by Viking crusaders who carved grafitti runes on the wall of the main chamber. In 1999, Maeshowe was designated part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, along with Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn. Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe and more than 5000 years old. It was broken into the mid-twelfth century by Viking crusaders who carved grafitti runes on the wall of the main chamber. In 1999, Maeshowe was designated part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, along with Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness.

Project Brief:

To design a contemporary but commercial design for a range of jewellery that reflects the history and mystery of Maeshowe. Key themes might include, but is not limited to, Neolithic life, Vikings, Runic Inscriptions or the Winter solstice.

Please use the following specifications as guidance when creating your design.

Aim: To design a range of jewellery reflecting Maeshowe and its themes. This could include necklace and/or pendant, ring, bracelet and earrings.

Target Audience: Visitors to Maeshowe and Orkney, who come from all over the world.

Format: Designs should be illustrated or sketched, and presented alongside a document of up to 500 words, detailing your inspiration and vision for the range as well as documenting your creative process. You can include your own photos.

Requirement: The designs should be submitted by the midnight on 24th December 2015 by email to natasha.troitino@scotland.gsi.gov.uk in a PDF format, or by post to Natasha Troitino, G42, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SH. Student name, matriculation number, contact number and address should be noted in the email or in documentation included.

Support: Education visits to Maeshowe are available for organised groups through our free education visits scheme. To arrange a visit for your group please get your course leader to contact Maeshowe direct on 01856 761606. Alternatively, we are happy to provide a complimentary copy of our souvenir guide to interested parties – please contact Nicola.Moran@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

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All entries will then be judged by a panel including representatives of Historic Scotland and Ortak, as well as jewellery and fashion industry experts, by the end of January 2016, with the winner announced shortly after. The winning design will then be manufactured by Ortak, and will go on sale at both Maeshowe and Edinburgh Castle in April 2016.
The winner will receive an annual membership to Historic Scotland as well as a piece of jewellery from the range.

Some Tips:
Think about what a visitor might see or feel during a visit to Maeshowe.

The jewellery needs to be commercial, so keep in mind that it should be wearable, and affordable.

Conditions:
Historic Scotland and Ortak reserve the right to amend designs to be consistent with manufacturing processes.
The winning entrant should be prepared to conduct interviews and take part in marketing activity following the announcement of the winner and up to and including launch of the jewellery.
The wining entrant should be prepared to have their name and photo added to signage and information cards which will be used to promote the jewellery.
Only open to students of Creative Industries within any year at UHI.

Further Information:
Historic Scotland is Scotland’s leading operator of heritage visitor attractions They include, but are not exclusive to, castles, such as Edinburgh and Stirling, pre-historic settlements like Skara Brae, ruins and abbeys, a distillery and a country house. The portfolio is wide and varied. We provide great days out across Scotland at 78 paid for attractions and through an extensive events programme.

Ortak — Orkney Islands – a place of ancient Norse and Scottish history – a land of dramatic seas and landscapes, is the home of Ortak. From modest beginnings in the late sixties in a quiet Kirkwall street, its founder, Malcolm Gray, created a company which grew steadily to become one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of gold and silver designer jewellery.