Ten Winning Artists granted Making Places Funding to Breathe Life into Waltham Forest’s Neglected Areas

Waltham Forest Council announces first round of selected projects for ambitious Making Places project to reinvigorate 20 forgotten spaces across the borough.

The first Making Places open call attracted hundreds of proposals from artists, designers and architects for fifteen of the sites. Waltham Forest Council is delighted to announce the first ten winning commissions, due to go into production this spring including

  • Artist Lucy Harrison in partnership with Matter Architecture will work with local residents to trace the history of Leyton’s Linear Park, reflecting findings in the planting of a meadow and wildflower landscape in lines of lavender.
  • Sculptor Owen Bullet and Smith & Newton Architects have proposed an outdoor performance and learning space in a forgotten wooded area of Low Hall, Walthamstow. Tapered carved wooden uprights will offer a suspended ethereal cloud canopy and roughly hewn wooden boulders will sit around an ‘enchanted circle’.
  • Hackney based design collective DAA Studio has presented a twist on the traditional band stand for Park Pavilion in Chingford’s Ridgeway Park as a stage for community life.

In 2017, Making Places, managed in partnership with Create, invited creative practitioners from across the UK to propose an idea for sites nominated by Waltham Forest residents. The chosen installations celebrate Waltham Forest’s rich heritage, encourage community led design and foster the development of local skills.

The majority of projects are currently in the concept phase and will undergo further design development. The remaining winning projects will be announced over the coming weeks. And a second open call for five additional sites nominated by residents will take place in spring 2018.

Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “Waltham Forest is a borough for makers and a borough for radicals, all built around the key element of fellowship. Working together, we can create wonderful pieces of community art that bring joy and happiness to residents and visitors alike.

“All of these superb commissions will brighten up areas of Waltham Forest nominated by our residents – where they wanted change we delivered it.”

Entries to the open call were shortlisted by a judging panel which included Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture; Louise Jeffreys, Director of Art at the Barbican; Hadrian Garrard, Director of Create; and Lorna Lee, Head of Culture & Heritage Services at Waltham Forest Council. Local councillors made the final decision on the winning commission for their ward.

Hadrian Garrard, Director of Create London commented: “Making Places presents a new generation of artists and architects with the opportunity of improving and re-imagining public spaces. It’s a confident statement from a London Council about the talent which exists in the UK and it is hoped that other boroughs can follow their example in finding new ways of improving our streets, parks and estates.”

Making Places embodies the three themes of Waltham Forest Council’s bid to become the first London Borough of Culture; ‘makers’, ‘radicals’ and ‘fellowship’.

For more information visit makingplaces.co.uk

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