Call for artists to breathe life into dead spaces

A challenge has gone out to artists, architects and creatives to revive unloved areas of London’s 2019 Borough of the Year, Waltham Forest.

The call is part of Making Places, a £1m council-funded arts and culture programme managed in partnership with Create London and aimed at revitalising neighbourhoods.

Five sites have been identified by residents and proposals to be installed in 2020 can cost up to £40,000 with a minimum lifespan of five years, added to eight that have been successfully re-animated. Completed including Highham Hill Park (main picture), a flexible amphitheatre and café on formerly derelict land, and the Albert Crescent Long Table, and eight-metre long table devised as a focus for community events (above).

“The five sites include two station bridges, an underpass, a traffic island and a housing estate garden” said Waltham Forest Council’s leader, Clare Coghill. “The challenge is to propose innovative, creative ideas whilst responding to the needs of the local community.

“Making Places has already delivered some exceptional projects including pavilions, amphitheatres, planting schemes and street furniture. I am looking forward to seeing how these five sites will be reimagined by artists and designers who will work with local people.”

Bids need to be in by boon on November 18 with the winners being announced in mid-December, and there is no limit to the number of proposals an artist can make.

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