I really enjoyed shaping the press release for this and it took time to get right; we had to squeeze in a lot of information without losing the pizazz of the story. It’s such an amazing idea and I can’t wait to see the artist submissions roll in.
OPEN CALL: UK artists and practitioners invited to breathe new life into Waltham Forest’s unloved spaces with creative installations in each of the 20 wards
Waltham Forest residents have come together to nominate sites across the borough that they believe deserve an artistic transformation. Making Places is an ambitious £1m arts and cultural programme, funded by Waltham Forest Council, aiming to revitalise the area with artwork, which will have a huge impact on local communities and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Stage one of the Open Call launches with 14 sites on Wednesday 23rd August 2017, closing on 8th October, with more to be announced in November.
Proposals can cost up to £40,000
The judging panel include some of London’s creative elite from the Barbican, London Festival of Architecture and Soho Theatre
Winning projects will be installed throughout 2018.
Managed in partnership with Create, Making Places Open Call invites talented artists, architects, designers, collectives and creative practitioners from anywhere in the UK to propose an idea for one or more of the nominated sites with an imaginative installation or intervention. Applications must be submitted by visiting www.makingplaces.co.uk.
These spaces present blank canvases where creativity can bloom, from small green spaces and high streets to underpasses and other public spots. Suggested ideas include: lighting installations, growing spaces, art works, sculptures, play equipment, outdoor furniture and more. The challenge is to present an idea that uses innovative creative flair whilst bearing in mind the interest of members of the community. Taking this into consideration, projects will need to have a minimum lifespan of five years and requirelow-cost maintenance.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing some innovative proposals, and projects that can make a real and long-lasting difference to communities” confirms Waltham Forest Council Leader, Clare Coghill.
Proposals of up to £40,000 per site will be considered and the winners announced in mid-November 2017. There is no limit on the amount of proposals an artist can submit, but a maximum of four sites will be awarded to any one applicant. Installations will begin in early 2018, with at least four projects to be completed before April 2018.
The proposals will be shortlisted by an outstanding judging panel comprising of experts from across the creative sector, including: Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts at the Barbican; Tamsie Thompson, Director of London Festival of Architecture; Mark Godfrey, Executive Director of SohoTheatre and Hadrian Garrard, Director of Create London.
The Making Places project is funded by Waltham Forest Council and delivered in partnership with arts agency Create London.
Waltham Forest Council is an innovative borough leading the way in improving residents’ quality of life through arts and culture. It is currently developing its bid to be the first London Borough of Culture. www.WFculture19.co.uk.