OPEN CALL: UK artists and creative practitioners invited to breathe new life into Waltham Forest’s unloved spaces with creative installations in a further five wards, as part of Making Places

15 October 2019


Making Places open call now open

Following the successful transformation of eight sites in 2018-19, Making Places is now looking for artists and creative practitioners to transform a further five sites, as nominated by Waltham Forest residents.

Making Places is an ambitious £1m arts and culture programme, funded by Waltham Forest Council, aiming to revitalise the borough with public art and design projects that will have a lasting impact on local communities and surrounding neighbourhoods.

  • The Open Call launched on Tuesday 8 October 2019, closing at 12:00 noon on Monday 18 November
  • Proposals can cost up to £40,000 and must have a minimum lifespan of five years
  • Winning projects will be installed throughout 2020

Managed in partnership with Create London, Making Places 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.

Councillor Clare Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “The five sites include two station bridges, an underpass, a traffic island and a housing estate garden. 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.”

Proposals of up to £40,000 per site will be considered and the winners announced in mid-December 2019. There is no limit on the amount of proposals an artist can submit, but no more than two commissions will be awarded to any one applicant. Interested applicants are also invited to join a private bus tour of the area on Tuesday 22 October at 2-5pm, to see the sites for themselves. Please sign up for the bus tour here.