Illustrator Commission – Chelmsford Museum

Chelmsford Museum is nearing the end of a major redevelopment of Oaklands House, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. As part of this redevelopment their team have contacted us about an exciting commission.

Dr Mark Curteis, Assistant Museums Manager for Curatorial and Learning explained “We are looking for a local artist to help us illustrate what some of the rooms may have originally looked like. The building, which was once a private house built by Fred Wells in 1866, was inspired by Queen Victoria’s Osborne House on the Isle of Wight – but just not quite so grand!”

Nick Wickenden, Project Lead and Senior Curatorial  Consultant added “We’re looking to commission illustrations of four rooms:– the Dining Room, Drawing Room, Day Nursery and Master Bedroom. Our idea is to help visitors imagine how each room would have looked in late Victorian times. The drawings will need to be based on what the room design would have been like – many still have original moulded ceilings, windows and fire places but furniture and contents will have to be imagined. Our curatorial team can offer some hints, tips and pointers to aid the illustrator’s own research.”

The final version of each image will be around A4 in size.

There is a maximum budget of £3,000.

If you would like to be considered for this commission, please submit relevant examples of your work and an estimated cost by April 12th to

The winning candidate will be chosen based on quality and value for money.