Illustrator for the Lookout Mural in Crawley Library

Illustrator brief – Enliven: Future Crawley Through Young Eyes

Lookout Mural

The Project

Lookout is a performance which takes place as an encounter between one child performer and one adult audience member, standing together overlooking Crawley. The interaction is led by the young performer and focuses on the future of the town in which we live. The performance will take place in a venue overlooking Crawley town centre on 28th – 30th April as part of Creative Crawley and Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District’s Enliven cultural programme.

Preparation for the performances involves a series of workshops with Year 5 students from Seymour Primary School in Broadfield, Crawley. The group will imagine what the future of Crawley might be, exploring topics such as architecture and urban planning, changing technology and the changing environment, politics, community and science fiction.

The performance involves each of these young performers sharing their vision of the future with audience members through a series of supervised 20 minute one-to-one conversations.

Lookout has taken place around the UK and internationally over the last 7 years. In each location for Lookout, the artists Andy and Beckie commission a local illustrator to listen to the children’s descriptions of the future town and create a drawing imagining how that town will look. This drawing is used as the front of the programme and copies of it are given to the children as a thank you for their participation. For the Crawley version this drawing will also be painted permanently on a currently blank wall at Crawley Library in Crawley town centre.

The brief

Creative Crawley, Crawley Town Centre BID, Crawley Library and Andy and Beckie are looking for an illustrator to design an image based on listening to the children involved in the project and then reflecting their future vision of Crawley in the art work.

The image will be painted onto a wall (either by the original artist or in collaboration with someone else) in Crawley library and be a permanent fixture. It will also be used on the programme for the show. The wall in the library is 2.5m wide and 1.9m high.

Schedule and Fee

w/c 4th April: The first week of workshops with the students takes place (NB the illustrator will not need to attend the workshops).

Friday 8th April: A selection of recordings from the children will be ready to send to the illustrator and then work can begin on the illustration.

Friday 15th April: First draft of the illustration to be shared. Then there will be a process of feedback from the partners (this will be light touch) .

Friday 22 April: Final illustration confirmed so that the illustration can be printed for the programme and painted on to the wall at Crawley Library.

Thurs 28th April: Painting installed on the wall. Pencilled dates for painting are 25th – 27th April.

The fee: £800 for the equivalent of approximately 4 days work. Materials and fee for painting the wall with the mural are in addition to this fee.

Person specification

At least 2 years professional illustration experience


Experience of working with young people

Experience of working in the public realm

We will prioritise applications from people based in Crawley or the South East but will accept applications from artists based anywhere in the UK (we have extended the reach of the call out as of 18th Feb 2022).

Application process

Please send a link to your work plus CV and a one page A4 letter outlining why you are interested in the job, what relevant experience you have and what connections you have to Crawley (if any).

Email this information to [email protected] by Weds 9th March 2022. Informal interviews will take place w/c 21st March 2022. (we have extended this deadline due to Creative Crawley staff absence).

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the brief, please email [email protected] to arrange a time before 23rd February.

Read the full brief as a Word file here: Illustrator brief Lookout mural Updated 21 Feb 2022

and as a pdf here: Illustrator brief Lookout mural Updated 21 Feb 2022

Listen to an audio file of the full brief here. Listen to an update to the brief here.

Image by Leonie Gasson