urban Sketching Competition

Capturing Work

PRIZES

First prize: $1,500 AUD
Runner-up: $500 AUD

 

Throughout February and March of 2018, the Centre for Transformative Work Design is working with sketcher-in-residence Lynne Chapman to capture different people’s experiences of what it feels like to do their job. Lynne is creating a series of short, concertina sketchbooks, each of which tells the story of a particular job, focusing especially on work design (see https://www.sketchingworkdesign.com). As part of the residency project, we would like you to get involved. We are offering prize money totalling AUD$2,000 for the concertina sketches which best tell the story of either your job, or the job of someone you know.

 

How to enter

All details on how to enter are included below in our Terms & Conditions. Key things to note are:

  • The competition is open from 5 March to 30 April 2018.

  • It is free to enter and an individual may submit up to three entries.

  •  We will accept original artwork only (but all artwork will be returned provided you provide a self-addressed envelope).

  • The competition is open to sketchers based in any country, but if submitting from outside Australia, please leave enough time for postage.

 

Entries - which must reach us by close of business on Monday 30 April 2018 - are to be posted to:

 

Workplace Sketching Competition

Centre for Transformative Work Design

UWA Business School (M261)

35 Stirling Highway

Crawley WA 6009

 

We will accept original artwork only, but all artwork will be returned provided you provide a self-addressed envelope.

 

What we want you to sketch

The idea is to create a sketch-montage which communicates not just what the workplace looks like, but what it feels like to do the particular job. This could be your own job or someone you know. The sketchbook could cover one working day, or snippets from different days: whatever you feel best captures the one person’s experience of their job.

 

Feel free to be creative about how you tell the story. Your concertina might include sketches of the person and a few short quotes If you wish, you can ‘interview’ the person and include a sketch of them, but this is not essential. It will probably be useful to include a few short quotes from the  person somewhere in the sketchbook, to help get across how they feel about the work (but this is not essential). And it doesn’t need to be a really unusual job  – what is important is that you bring the job to life and highlight the chosen individual’s experience of it.

 

We suggest you visit Lynne’s blog for some examples of jobs that Lynne has sketched:

https://lynnechapman.blogspot.com.au/search/label/residency

 

 

We also want you to tell us the story of the job

We would also like you to talk to the chosen individual and tell us in around 250 words the story of the job you have sketched. This story is to help bring the job to life and highlight the chosen individual’s experience of the job. One way to do this is to provide some interesting quotes from any discussion you have with the person whose job it is. Two examples of a short story are shown below.

 

Our goal is to use the sketch and the short story to convey the topic of work design www.transformativeworkdesign.com. Below are the sorts of questions you can ask someone about their job (your story might cover just one or two of these questions):

 

  • What do you like / dislike most about your work?

  • Is it a pleasant or a difficult environment?

  • What makes their job easier/harder to do well?

  • Do you feel fulfilled / unfulfilled and why?

  • Do you have autonomy (i.e. the freedom to decide when and how you do the tasks in your job)?

  • Is the job demanding? If so, in what way (emotional, physical, mental?)

  • How stressful is the job, and what causes stress?

  • Do you get to use all your skills?

  • Do you get bored, or are you too busy?

  • Are you part of a team?

  • Has your job satisfaction changed in recent times? If so, why?

  • How would you rate the job on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being it’s a terrible job to 10 being it’s an fantastic job?

  • How has your job has already changed as a result of technology and how might it change in the future?

 

 

The sketchbook

Entries need to be sketched on a specific format: a 6-facet concertina, which folds down to 19cm x 12.6cm (7.5” x 5”). To enter, you will need to make yourself a simple concertina as follows:

  • Buy a large sheet of 300gsm watercolour paper (width 76cm / 30”)

  • Cut a strip along the full width, at a height of 19cm / 7.5”

  • Concertina-fold this into 6 equal facets (each facet will be approx. 12.6cm / 5” wide)

 

Do not mount your concertina, or stick it onto a permanent cover. Entries should be submitted as the folded paper concertina only.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The artwork

Use whichever art materials you wish. Work on one side of the concertina only. Fill the sketchbook in a lively and informative way, using a combination of images and text as seems appropriate. The aim is to communicate interesting elements of an individual’s experience of their working day.

 

Judging criteria

Sketchbooks and stories will be judged on their interest and communication, as much as on the quality and impact of the images. We will be looking for sketches and stories which stories that give real insight into the worker’s experience.

 

 

Example Short Stories To Accompany A Sketch

 

Example 1  - Fred the fed-up paramedic

 

Fred has been working as a paramedic for twenty years. Fred wants to do the best job he can, and is good at his job. But recently, the job has felt too much. Even though he is only 45, Fred is thinking of resigning and finding something that is slower paced. The main problem is the constant pressure. As Fred said:

 

  • “Sometimes we have to deal with very traumatic situations, like when there is a bad car accident”.

  • “When we get back to base, we are sometimes sent off almost immediately to go to another accident”.

  • “We need a break but don’t always get it - it’s too much sometimes”.

 

As Fred explained, to save money, the number of paramedics has been reduced over the years, which has meant very high work loads for those still in the jobs. Fred finds it hard to sleep some nights after a tough day, which makes him tired and he knows this sometimes causes friction with his family. Fred has tried to talk to his supervisor about how he is feeling, but unfortunately his supervisor is also feeling overwhelmed and quite stressed.

 

Example 2 – Julia and her problematic flexible work arrangement

 

Julia has been a lecturer for 11 years and really enjoys working with the students. She has been a very active member of the department in the past, when she enjoyed being fully involved in course development and project planning.

 

Until 2 years ago, Julia was on a permanent, full-time contract. Then, due to changes at home, Julia decided to try and reduce her workload. She was able to negotiate a reduction in her contract to three days a week.

 

After a couple of months she began to discover that it was not all that she had hoped for. She had wanted her two free days to be Monday and Friday, but timetabling issues meant that she had to work Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Her main disappointment is the fact that she now feels marginalised from the team and, to a certain extent, from the students. Team meetings are always on Fridays so she only gets to know what was going on via colleagues the following week, if at all. If her students have difficulties they increasingly seek out the help of other, full-time lecturers.

 

In order to keep on top of the admin, Julia has been increasingly eating into her own unpaid time. She now feels that the only thing she managed to achieve was to receive a pay cut for doing the same job! Although she does still enjoy her day to day teaching and contact with the students, she does feel that she is now less committed and not fully engaged.

 

Terms & Conditions

 

1.    The Promoter - The promoter is The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Transformative Work Design (CTWD) (ABN 37 8828 172 80) whose registered office is at 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009.


2.    Prizes - The winning prizes are as follows: 

  • First prize:     $1,500 AUD

  • Second prize: $500 AUD


3.    Eligibility - Entries are welcome from both Australian and international sketchers. Employees of The Centre for Transformative Work Design or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.


4.    Opening and closing date – the competition is open from 5 March to Monday 30 April 2018. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.


5.    There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.


6.    Number of entries - Up to three entries per person may be submitted. 


7.    Size – Entries need to be sketched on a specific format: a 6-facet concertina, which folds down to 19cm x 12.6cm (7.5” x 5”). To enter, you will need to make yourself a simple concertina as follows:

  • Buy a large sheet of 300gsm watercolour paper (width 76cm / 30”) 

  • Cut a strip along the full width, at a height of 19cm / 7.5” 

  • Concertina-fold this into 6 equal facets (each facet will be approx. 12.6cm / 5” wide)

Do not mount your concertina, or stick it onto a permanent cover. Entries should be submitted as the folded paper concertina only. Work on one side of the concertina only.


8.    Medium - Use whichever art materials you wish. 


9.    Elements - Entrants must include the original concertina sketch and the short story. 


10.    Submission 


A. Entrants must mail their entries to:


Workplace Sketching Competition
Centre for Transformative Work Design
UWA Business School (M261)
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009

Entries must reach us by close of business on Monday 30 April 2018.


B. When submitting your entry, you must provide:

a)    On a separate piece of paper (not on the sketchbook nor on the same paper as your story):

  • Your name

  • Your email address

  • Your postal address

  • Your mobile number or daytime contact phone number

b)    A brief paragraph of around 250 words that tell us the story of the job you have sketched

c)    A self-addressed envelope if you want your artwork returned to you by mail (please help us minimise postage costs by using the smallest possible envelope).

d)    The original sketch

11.    No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.


12.    Judging – Selection of winning entries will take place after the closing date. The judges’ decisions in all respects will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The judges will be Lynne Chapman and Professor Sharon Parker, Centre Director of CTWD. Sketchbooks and stories will be judged on their interest and communication, as much as on the quality and impact of the images. We will be looking for sketches and stories that give real insight into the worker’s experience.


13.     Notification - The winners will be notified by email and/or letter within 1 month of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 1 month of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. The promoter will publish the names of the winners on our website and social media platforms within 24 hours of the final decision. Unsuccessful entries will not be notified.


14.    Payment of prize money - CTWD will contact the winners to arrange payment of the prize money.


15.    Publicity - The winners agree to the use of his/her name in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Australian data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.


16.    Copyright – The copyright and ownership of works will remain with the entrants. By submitting a drawing and story to the competition, the entrant gives CTWD permission to display the original art and story at an exhibition to be held at the conclusion of Lynne Chapman’s residency and to use scanned copies of the images and the story as follows:
•    To display in CTWD’s websites and other social media
•    In any academic output, such as research papers, conference presentations and posters
•    To promote the competition and an exhibition that is to be held as part of the residency
The Host is to obtain permission from the Artist in writing to use the scanned images for any other purposes. 

The original work may also be featured in a short video that is being made to document Lynne Chapman’s residency. 

 

17.    The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

18.    Costs and Expenses – Entrants are responsible for any and all expenses they incur in entering the competition and they will not be reimbursed regardless of whether or not they win the competition.

 

19.    The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition. 

 

20.    Disqualification – The promoter has the right to disqualify any entrants or entries where they reasonably suspect any unlawful or improper conduct, such as infringing a third party’s intellectual property rights, or if there has been a breach of the competition terms and conditions.

 

21.    The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

 

22.    The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Australian law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia.

 

23.    Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.