Freelance Opportunity - Uniform Designer/Consultant
The Sunday Boys are a low voiced, open access LGBTQ+ choir based in the city of Manchester. The choir was initially founded in 2016 as a way for queer men in the city to learn to sing great music, perform and make friends. Over time, we have been working towards broadening our identity and brand so that anyone from the LGBTQ+ community and our allies with a low voice will feel comfortable singing with us.
We found ourselves around a year ago at the point where, in order to achieve this, we needed to consider our image in terms of our “uniform” for performances. This had initially been a dark blazer, a single-coloured shirt, dark trousers and smart shoes. This worked to an extent as it allowed a relatively cohesive look combined with the opportunity for members to express some individuality. However, this is a very traditional, masculine look - two things that do not necessarily best reflect our members or the broader membership we want to attract.
More recently, we have worn all black with a single, brightly-coloured accessory. While this has been an improvement in terms of inclusivity, the look is perhaps less cohesive than we would like and also lacks originality.
We are looking to create a look using items that are easily available and as affordable as possible. There is a potential for a further fee for physically creating part of a uniform if required and if the individual appointed has the necessary skills, but this may not be essential.
Some of the thoughts so far on what our uniform should be (do not feel too limited by these, they are merely for a starting point):
Flexible and adaptable (eg for the weather)
Ability for self-expression
Ability to personalise
Comfortable to sing/perform in
The ability to express a variety of genders
Not something branded with a logo
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to attend a rehearsal, as well as take part in a workshop with The Sunday Boys to help inform your ideas. In terms of how you will present your ideas to us we are happy for you to outline how you might do this in your cover letter, although current suggestions have included sketches, descriptions or links to existing items.
We particularly welcome applications from LGBTQ+ voices who are underrepresented within our community and currently underrepresented amongst the choir’s membership including those from the global majority, women, and trans people.
The fee for this work will be £250. If interested, please email a CV and covering letter outlining your experience and why you think you would be suited to this project to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close Friday 19th August 2022.
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