Thursday, 20 October 2011

Artist required to help animate Whitton Town Centre


Richmond Council is searching for an artist to come and transform an empty shop unit on Whitton High Street into a art community project.
As part of the Council’s Uplift Programme, which aims to revitalise and rejuvenate parts of Whitton, the artist in residence will work with the local community over a one month period to create work that is inspired by local memories, hopes and aspirations.
The artist will be required to design and deliver a variety of drop–in or facilitated workshops and activities to encourage local people of all ages to come in and take part.
Thanks to funding from the Mayor’s Outer London fund, the artist will be offered a £5,000 fee with additional funding available for materials.
The project is being carried out in conjunction with the Town Centre Manager and Whitton Business Association and is due to commence towards the end of November.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community, Business and Culture, said:
“In the All in One survey, residents in Whitton expressed the view that they wanted an opportunity to explore, celebrate and express the identity of their local area. They also voiced concerns about the high number of empty shops along the High Street.
“This is an exciting opportunity that will not only use art and culture to animate the town centre, but it will give local people a platform to be creative and be inspired by the place in which they live.
“We are looking for an artist who will be able to channel all this creativity and work with local people to capture and promote an identity for the future of Whitton.”
To apply to be the Whitton Artist in Residence, send a brief proposal (max 2 sides A4) explaining your interest and your ideas for its delivery, along with your CV, artist’s statement, 3 images of your work.
Applications can be made by email to m.stearn@richmond.gov.uk or by post to Miranda Stearn, Arts & Heritage Development Coordinator, Orleans House Gallery and Arts Service, Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ.
Deadline for submissions is 31 October 2011. For more information call 020 8831 6000
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