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Open Call – design a park bench

19th May 2022

Open Call – design a park bench

Design Exhibition Scotland is delighted to be partnering Mount Stuart Trust on the Isle of Bute in an open call to design a prototype public park bench. We invite proposals from designers, artists & architects either working collaboratively or as individuals who are based in Scotland.

The open call celebrates all that the public bench offers – the joy of sitting outside, the great outdoors & public space; the chance to pause for thought, take in a view, read a book & eat a sandwich or a place to meet with friends. And of course, the public bench should celebrate good design & well-crafted materials.

Entries for this competition are now closed!

What happen’s next?

February 2022
Four proposals will be selected from the submissions received. The selected designers / design teams will be given £500 to support the development of the proposal over a period of 6 weeks. Susanna Beaumont will support this period of development as required.

28 March 2022
The selected designers / design teams will be invited to present their worked up designs. If the designs are sufficiently developed, each of the four proposals will be awarded £1000 to take their design to prototype.

May / June 2022
Fabrication of prototype benches.

July 2022
Installation of prototype benches at Mount Stuart.

The selection panel will include Sophie Crichton Stuart, creative director, Mount Stuart Visual Arts; Sophie McKinlay, director of programme, V&A Dundee; artist & designer, James Rigler & Susanna Beaumont, director, Design Exhibition Scotland. Design Exhibition Scotland plans to tour the prototype benches to other locations across Scotland in Autumn 2022. We will also explore the possibility taking a prototype park bench into wider production.