Whilst it is always disappointing not being awarded a commission it is important not to let it impact on your enthusiasm. There could be many reasons why you are not awarded the commission and it is always good to have the opportunity to show other people what you do. I have found that writing proposals is actually a really good way of developing my practice, although time consuming it is great to visualise and explore new ideas, even if they never come to fruition. Some commissioners will pay you to write a detailed proposal that is specific to their site, which is always a bonus – whilst others expect you to prepare a presentation for interview, which with any luck they will pay travel expenses for.
Unsuccessful Proposals Below are some of the proposals I have written but didn’t get commissioned for.
Moments in Barrow
My Hero Your Heroine
Talk with Me
Successful Proposals – A couple of proposals that did get commissioned.