Saturday, 13 July 2019

Macbeth

"A little water clears us of this deed.."
On a bleak Scottish moorland, Macbeth and Banquo, two great warriors, discover three strange women. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will become the new Thane of Cawdor, and eventually the King of Scotland.
A story of ambition, Macbeth is one of the world's most famous tragedies. Join the Woodhouse Players as we enter the dark world of Scotland through the eyes of William Shakespeare's most iconic couple....

Fri 12th July 2018, 8pm
Sat 13th July 2018, 2.30pm and 8.00pm
Fri 19th July 2018, 8pm
Sat 20th July 2018, 2.30pm* and 8.00pm
*BSL signed performance
At the Welsh Church Hall 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR (by Green Man roundabout, opposite O'Neills)
£8 (£5 concs) booked/reserved in advance
£9/£6 at the door
Book online via the website www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk ; phone reservations 020 8504 3872
Gill Taylor
Woodhouse Players
Membership Secretary

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Creeping privatisation of London Parks





Creeping Privatisation

Lea Bridge Gas Works Redevelopment


Lea Bridge Gas Works Consultation




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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Town Centre - Construction Traffic chaos

JUNIPER HOUSE



Application No: 183989
Juniper House, 221 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 9PH

The developers of Juniper House (the old Poll Tax House building owned by the council) called a meeting in the Central Library for residents to ask questions about how the construction traffic will access the new development.

The plans are for a 16 storey tower block with 91 flats and a 50 place nursery in the back yard of the tower block. The site is adjacent to the overground railway and only accessible from First Avenue. Work is expected to start on demolition of the existing building later this year.

The consultant that attended the meeting (there were no councillors or Highway engineers from LBWF present) stated the Highways department was recommending access to the site had to be by turning left off Hoe Street into GROSVENOR PARK ROAD, left into PEMBROKE ROAD and left into ORFORD ROAD and then right into FIRST AVENUE and then direct in to the site. This makes no sense to subject all these residents to the heavy traffic caused by a construction site that will go on for 2 years when a left turn direct in to First Avenue could be created from Hoe Street.

This is not the only construction site in the area due to start work shortly.



All these sites are due to start next year and some will go on for at least 10 years. How will Hoe Street and the Town Centre survive this barrage of extra traffic? We don't know as the council and the GLA are not prepared to announce their plans. Demand a public meeting to find out what the plans are for keeping Hoe Street traffic flowing!

CENTRAL HOUSE (formerly Strettons)

Later in the year the Strettons block will be demolished and replaced by a 11 storey hotel and 5 storey office block. The only access to the site is via CHURCH HILL right into STAINFORTH ROAD and right into ST MARYS ROAD. This will disrupt the normal life of residents in these quiet streets.




THE MALL

A 29 storey tower block is due to be built on the Mall shopping centre as well as the enlargement of the shopping centre and remodelling of the reduced open space to say nothing of the felling of the 81 trees destroying the very attractive avenue of lime trees. Access will have to be right from HOE STREET into SELBORNE ROAD.











WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STATION

This will also include works at Walthamstow Central to provide a tunnel from the station to the Mall.
Access will be right from HOE STREET into SELBORNE ROAD.

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GRANADA CINEMA (EMD)

Work is expected to start soon on the refurbishment of the EMD but where will the construction traffic park for this site?  Access only from HOE STREET.
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POCKET LIVING 

90 one bedroom flats on the site of the closed Ross Wyld Care Homer opposite Lloyd Park.  Access by turning right at the Bell and into Forest Road.

Pocket Living - more details





TOWN HALL CAMPUS

Work starts next year on replacing the fountain and adapting the inside for the 21st century. Later the Magistrates will be demolished and an office block built. Even later 2 residential blocks will be constructed. All the construction traffic for many years coming up from the North Circular along Chingford Road past the Bell.  Access by turning left past the Bell along Forest Road into the Town Hall complex or from the Waterworks along Forest Road.

Town Hall regeneration project



Friday, 14 June 2019

Walthamstow Town Centre - Update

IMPORTANT MEETING TO ATTEND


We hope you will be able to join us at a meeting from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on 
Tuesday, 25 June 2019, at Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN.

Juniper House construction traffic consultation

This is an important meeting to find out how the Council intends to manage the traffic in Hoe Street for the next 10 years. Juniper House (formerly Poll Tax House), Central House (Strettons), The Mall, Granada Cinema (EMD) and the Town Hall are all expected to start construction work next year (so the planning documents say!). In addition there is a panic on with the over crowding at Walthamstow Central Station so TfL have brought forward their plans to build a tunnel from the platform to the shopping centre.

All the construction traffic will be routed from the North Circular via Chingford Road and Hoe Street past the Bell. None of the sites can allow vehicles to stop in Hoe Street as it will be brought to a halt so how are the GLA and the council intending to manage this horrendous situation?

Come and find out.

At Capital and Regional's AGM I spoke to the Chief Executive and they are in deep discussions with TfL about the tunnel and building over the Victoria Line. Clearly the Mall scheme has not been abandoned but their partner, Mount Anvil, is still considering their position. They hope to present their full planning proposals to build the 29 storey tower blocks "later this year"!

With retail on the rocks, people having less spending power, the environment rushing up the agenda and Brexit, this scheme looks more out of date by the day! Add in the 15,000 to 20,000 flats being built between Tottenham Hale and Walthamstow Central, which will be occupied before the first brick of the tower blocks is laid, can this scheme really be allowed to proceed? Oh and add in the complications of fire risk created by  the Grenfell Tower fire!

Incidentally their shares are penny shares now at 14p from a high of 70p three years ago. Not a strong position to be in to take on a £200m redevelopment so thought the shareholders at the AGM!!



Get along to Winn's Gallery in Lloyd Park and see what they are doing to save the trees in the Town Centre.


5 years of Mini Holland !

MINI HOLLAND

5 Years of Mini Holland

Whipps Cross interchange is still not finished and the top end of Lea Bridge Road is a nightmare. Don't worry Walthamstow Town Centre is next to be wrecked next year!




As it was

Redevelopment of Ross Wyld Care Home (opposite Lloyd Park)

Dear Sir / Madam
I am writing to inform you of Pocket Living’s proposals for 90 new, affordable one-bedroom homes at 458 Forest Road, E17 and to invite you to the public consultation, which takes place from 16.00 to 19.50 on  Monday 24th June 2019.
Pocket’s proposals are for 90 new homes, all of which will be sold at a 20% discount to the open market exclusively to first-time buyers who live or work in London Borough of Waltham Forest. This is Pocket’s 3rd site in Waltham Forest, we have recently submitted a planning application for our site in Osiers Way, Leyton and in 2018 completed our award-winning development at Gainsford Road also within the William Morris Ward and a short walk away from the proposed development. These new homes will allow local people a chance to get on the housing ladder who would not otherwise be able to do so.
Pocket homes are owned 100% outright by buyers and there are no ‘buy to let’ investors. Our homes are affordable in perpetuity and have restrictive covenants which control their affordability. In 2017 Sadiq Khan invested £25m in Pocket Living to deliver over a 1000 home starts by March 2021.
The public consultation will take place at One Hoe Street, E17 4SD. The consultation runs from 16.00 until 19.50.   If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Paul Jess


Paul Jess 
Development Manager


Pocket Living
Tower House
10 Southampton Street
London WC2E 7HA
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Walthamstow Village and the Borough of Culture






Ariane Oiticica aoiticica@gmail.com

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The Agency invites the community to a public presentation of their ideas for this year’s programme in the Mayor Of London’s Waltham Forest Borough of Culture, Sat 6 July, 2-5pm



Hello there,

I hope you are very well. 

Please see invitation below for Battersea Arts Centre's The Agency event taking place in a couple of weeks as part fo the Walthamstow Village Festival. 

BAC's The Agency is taking place in Waltham Forest this year as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture. The project supports young budding entrepreneurs to explore and develop social change projects to benefit their local community through a 12-week intense programme of creative workshops, led by Blackhorse Workshop who are based in the area. 

On their 10th week of workshops, the agents, who are all aged between 15-25 years, will have the opportunity to present and discuss their ideas with the local community looking to receive feedback to develop their projects further. The event will take place on Sat 6 July, 2-5pm.  

I would love to propose a news piece on your blog in advance of the festival, to introduce residents to the project and encourage them to come down on the day to listen to their ideas and give their feedback. I can quotes from Liz Moreton from Battersea Arts Centre or indeed from Blackhorse Workshop. 

Full press release attached for further information about the project. 

Let me know if it's of interest and if you'd like to discuss the details of the project or the event further. 

Cheers,
Ariane x

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Ariane Oiticica
Unavoidable PR
Arts & Theatre PR & Production
0791 719 0584
@aoiticica @soundtracksclub

News from the Mill

News from the Mill

Boundary Commission update

Have your say on Ward Boundaries

Charity Commission's Report on Oxfam

Charity Commission's Oxfam Report

Forest Philharmonic Concert 30th June

Forest Philharmonic Concert



Pocket Park in Lea Bridge Road




Every Sunday, Play Rounders and Games on Our Pocket Park

Dear neighbours and friends

What better way to while away Sunday afternoon, have fun and meet with neighbours and campaigners, than to join in games at the Pocket Park!

Last Sunday ten people came along and enjoyed a spirited attempt at a game of rounders, a little refreshment and the green open space, which is under threat from development.

This Sunday we'll be meeting up again at 3pm with bats and balls, and the new addition of Boule!

Let's use our park, make plans and friends!  Bring any games you like to play, and any other Sunday afternoon things!

BGORUG Update

After much speculation during the week and one false start, yesterday afternoon (22/05/2019) TfL confirmed (attached) that the first two Class 710 EMUs would enter passenger service today on the Barking - Gospel Oak route.

This follows a successful test of a software drop (No. 33) at Network Rail's Asfordby test centre two weeks ago and further sucessful testing of a tweaked version (33.1?) on units at Bombardier's Willesden depot last week. It is understood that a further authorisation has been received from the ORR but details are not known.

It is planned that the first two units will start from Gospel Oak station at 11:36 and 12:05 and continue in service until the 21:20 and 21:48 from Barking.

The three 'borrowed' 4-car Class 378 EMUs will continue to operate the temporary half hourly timetable with the Class 710s operating in some of the paths cancelled in mid March when the last Class 172 DMUs transferred to West Midlands Trains.

From Friday 24 May the two Class 710s will enter service from Upper Holloway working the 07:09 and 07:39 departures from there to Barking and finishing at the same times as today.

Once the Class 710s at Willesden have all received the updated software and demonstrated sufficient reliability additional units will be put into public service, restoring the 15-minute interval service and then allowing the three 'borrowed' Class 378s to be restored to 5-car formation and allowing the Euston - Watford Junction service to move to a 15-minute service from its current irregular three trains per hour 'Interim timetable'.

So far around a third of the drivers have been trained on the Class 710, those trained before the latest software drop will have to have a further day training before being 'passed out' to drive the units.

Secretary of the Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group, Glenn Wallis, said, "Passengers have waited 14 months for this belated entry into public service of the Class 710 and endured a deteriorating service in the meantime. It is to be hoped that all the software issues have been finally resolved and that the units prove reliable in service so that the full 15-minute interval timetable can be restored as soon as possible."

"BGORUG looks forward to an early meeting with TfL to discuss the month's free travel to be provided by Bombardier as compensation to regular travellers for the inconvenience they have suffered."


Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group
@RidingtheGoblin

Comment on the Council's Open Space Strategy

Comment on LBWF's Open Spaces Strategy

Parks and People Survey




New blocks in Forest Road


South Grove

View of Hackney from St Augustine's Tower 


National Park City Events

Events in June and July



Dear Friends!

Please help make the London National Park City Festival a success! Here are two simple things you can do...
  1. Are you organising an event during the week of the festival (20 to 28 July)? If so, please submit details to the Festival Website here. Your event will be listed here
  2. PLEASE SEND LOVELY PHOTOS OF YOUR PARK to me (alice@cprelondon.org.uk) this week or next if possible (or otherwise as soon as you're able) so I can use them in our #GoParksLondon 2019 social media campaign to run during Love Parks Week (12-21 July) and the National Park City Festival. Pictures when the sun it shining and/or with people enjoying themselves are always good! (Large files can be sent via wetransfer.com - it's free.) 
Many thanks!
Alice
Alice Roberts
Head of Green Space Campaigns
CPRE London
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CPRE London and the London Friends of Green Spaces Network are working together to bring more support and exposure to London's park friends groups. 

Friday, 22 March 2019

BGORUG - Steam Train to the rescue!

Steam Train arrives

This Saturday (23rd March) the Barking - Gospel Oak rail line will see its first steam hauled train for three years.

The line passes through
Barking
Newham
Waltham Forest
Tottenham
Harringay
Islington
&
Camden

Please get in touch if you require any further information.

Kind regards

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group
@RidingtheGoblin

BoC - Art Night


All Night Long: Art Night 2019 Takes Place This June in Walthamstow and King's Cross

Barbara Kruger, ‘Untitled (Blind Idealism Is…)’ (2016). A High Line Commission, on view March 2016 - March 2017. 
Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line
NOCTURNAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE FIRST MAYOR'S LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE IN WALTHAM FOREST WITH PROGRAMME
OF 12 CURATED COMMISSIONS ON 22 JUNE
  • 12 MAJOR CURATED COMMISSIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019'S ART NIGHT INCLUDING WORK BY ARTISTS BARBARA KRUGER, CHRISTINE SUN KIM, JULIE CUNNINGHAM AND EMMA TALBOT
     
  • ART NIGHT TO TAKE PLACE IN KING'S CROSS AND WALTHAMSTOW, AS PART OF FIRST EVER MAYOR'S LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE YEAR OF EVENTS ACROSS WALTHAM FOREST
     
  • FESTIVAL WILL EXPLORE THE DISTINCT IDENTITY, CULTURE AND ARCHITECTURE OF WALTHAM FOREST, HIGHLIGHTING THE AREA'S EXPANSIVE MARKET CULTURE ALONG AND AROUND WALTHAMSTOW HIGH STREET
London’s largest contemporary art festival, Art Night, announces first details of the Curated Programme - a selection of internationally acclaimed artists presenting 12 commissions in locations around Walthamstow and King’s Cross.
Curated by Helen Nisbet – her first edition as Art Night’s Artistic Director – the programme will take place on the night of 22 June 2019, beginning at5.00pm in King’s Cross and 7.00pm in Walthamstow, and running throughout the night. Art Night is generously supported by international auction house Phillips for the fourth year running, and this year takes place as part of the official programme for the first ever Mayor's London Borough of Culture in Waltham Forest.
In 1993 the London pop group East 17 released their single It’s Alright, heralding a new era for boy bands and making E17 the most exciting postcode in popular culture. In 2019 this song provides the inspiration for the fourth Art Night festival in Walthamstow and King’s Cross. The 12 Art Night curated projects have been conceived in response to the physical context of these locations and the communities who use them.
The festival will explore the distinct identity, culture and architecture of Waltham Forest, highlighting the area's expansive market culture through a series of new commissions along and around Walthamstow High Street – Europe’s longest outdoor market – and other local landmarks. Additional activations will take place in King’s Cross – London’s dynamic transport and culture hub, only 14 minutes on the tube from Walthamstow – encouraging audiences to enter the Art Night trail via the 24-hour Night Tube on the Victoria Line.
Each artist has been invited to consider ideas around Hope, Love and The Future and how communities might care for and support one other amidst a time of political and cultural uncertainty.
Art Night 2019 will occupy familiar places where people are brought together in everyday life – the market, cinema, pub, community centre, library, shopping mall, museum, car park, school, places of worship and the street. Over a dozen iconic and unique public sites such as Walthamstow Town SquareWalthamstow Library and The Mall in Walthamstow and Coal Drops Yard and Cubitt Square in King’s Cross will feature in the Art Night Curated programme. From cultural landmarks William Morris Gallery and the kilometre-long Walthamstow Market, to the more unusualWalthamstow car park and listed 1930s former cinema Mirth Marvel & Maud, Art Night 2019 will continue to unlock London’s extraordinary public and private spaces to transform them for one night only.
The Curated Programme will comprise of new commissions by internationally renowned artists including Barbara Kruger, who will be presenting her first large-scale outdoor commission in 15 years in the UK, in Walthamstow’s Town Square - questioning consumerism, individual autonomy, desire and power. Christine Sun Kim will transform Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross with a three-part commission, collaborating with students at the local Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children to create two works – an experimental new multi-channel video installation and a text-based ‘declaration’ in Cubitt Square, as well as a durational sound piece at the new arts-focused COS space in Coal Drops Yard, exploring how experiences of deafness shape understandings of language and culture. Artist duo Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings will present a ‘musical spectacle’ travelling throughWalthamstow Market, which brings together musical genres – including disco, House, High NRG and Pop – into a single dramatic vision performed and centred around a Pride float.
Further highlights of the Curated Programme include:
  • Oscar Murillo will be working in close collaboration with people in Walthamstow before, during and after the festival to create a new commission titled Welcome to the members’ club.
     
  • Artist and composer Joe Namy will plug into London’s custom-designed car stereo subculture, presenting a sound installation using local car owners' vehicles and their sound systems in a Walthamstow car park.
     
  • Alice Theobald will present a new site-specific video installation and live music performance staged in The Mall, Walthamstow. Made in collaboration with a local acting coach and shooting on location in Walthamstow shops, Theobald’s 2-channel video installation will explore aspects of the performance of everyday life and the concept of buyer's remorse, referencing popular TV makeover shows such as Queer Eye,What Not To Wear and Streetmate
     
  • Working in collaboration, artist Cory Arcangel and organist Hampus Lindwall have invited a group of artists and musicians to compose new music to be performed on the organ of St Mary’s Church Walthamstow. The commissioned artists include: Ellen Arkbro, Pierre Bismuth, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Hanne Lippard, Haroon Mizra, Charlemagne Palestine, as well as world premieres by the commissionaires.
     
  • Award-winning dancer and choreographer Julie Cunningham will present a new performance, continuing their research into the queer body, at a school in Walthamstow.
     
  • The historic reading room of Walthamstow Library will host a multimedia theatrical installation by Zadie Xa, inviting audiences to enter into an immersive, subaquatic and marine environment of spoken word, with impromptu performances by dancers and musicians throughout the night. This project is a co-commission with YARAT and Tramway, Glasgow.
     
  • Frances Stark's The Magic Flute - a collaborative interpretation of Mozart’s famous opera with conductor Danko Drusko, performed and recorded with a group of young musicians (aged between 10-19 years old) from Los Angeles - will be screened at 1930s listed cinema Mirth, Marvel & Maud.
     
  • Exploring real and fictional figures from Mauritian, Madagascan, and British colonial histories, Shiraz Bayjoo will work in collaboration with young people from Mission Grove Primary School in Walthamstow. The commission will draw upon Bayjoo’s research and practice on European legacies throughout the Indian ocean region, and consider the UN’s convention on children’s rights, set against a dystopian landscape of failed states and ecology. This project is a co-commission with Iniva.
     
  • Emma Talbot will present a series of paintings on silk installed at William Morris Gallery and other Walthamstow locations, responding to the work of Madge Gill - a self-taught artist, medium and spiritualist who was born in Walthamstow in 1882 - whose solo exhibition will open at William Morris Gallery on the same night.
Running alongside Art Night's Curated Programme will be special projects and events selected as part of Art Night Open, directed by Zarina Rossheart, which offers cultural organisations, as well as independent artists and curators, the opportunity to take part in the festival and respond to the 2019 themes and cultural trail. Details of these projects will be announced in the coming months.
Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director of Art Night 2019, said:
“It’s an honour to curate these 12 projects for the fourth edition of Art Night. The artists are brilliant, and their projects are very exciting. The Art Night Curated Programme centres on Walthamstow Market - Europe’s longest market. This year, artists are making work in the places people shop, learn and socialise - often collaborating with those who use them. At Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross we’re working with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children so at both sites we’re thinking about who public space belongs to and who gets to be represented in major contemporary art festivals.”
Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen, Co-Founders of Art Night, said: 
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Mayor's first London Borough of Culture in Waltham Forest, to fill public spaces and unusual venues with free art this Summer. As part of Art Night's ongoing commitment to widening audiences for contemporary art, we are pleased to announce the first details of the 2019 programme, which will celebrate London's cultural offering outside of Zone 1. Linking this year's two locations - Walthamstow Central and King's Cross - will be the 24-Hour Night Tube on TfL's Victoria Line, which will make the journey home all that much easier!”
Justine Simons, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said:
“It is exciting that Art Night will be taking place across Waltham Forest this year as part of our London Borough of Culture programme. It will be inspiring to see everyday places – from markets and community centres to libraries and shopping centres – displaying free art for all to see and internationally renowned artists collaborating with local young people. This is exactly what the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture is all about – putting world-leading culture and creativity at the heart of our communities.”
Sam Hunt, Creative Director of Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture, said: 
“Art Night has been on the journey with Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture from the very beginning –  it was a key part of our bid and encapsulates our vision of making art accessible to all. We are so excited to see artists’ work in every corner of Walthamstow – from unexpected places, in car parks and shopping centres, to the borough’s renowned William Morris Gallery. We hope thousands of people from the borough will embark on a nocturnal adventure to discover some of the world’s greatest artists in their hometown.”
Rachele Caltagirone, Kings Cross Senior Projects Director, said: 
“We are delighted to be a part of this year’s Art Night, London’s largest contemporary art festival. Our vision for King’s Cross is to create a cultural hub and to provide our visitors with an opportunity to discover something new and unexpected, and this is exactly what Art Night offers. As the starting point for this year’s Art Night, we invite the public to discover fantastic art events and commissions by local and international artists. We look forward to unveiling the full programme for King's Cross in April and revealing our exciting partners for 2019.”
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For further information, please contact The Corner Shop PR on
020 7831 7657 or Megan McCann, Head of Communications at Art Night
NOTES TO EDITORS
A schedule and details of the Art Night 2019 route will be available nearer the time to help people plan their trip.
Art Night is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
ART NIGHT
Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary art festival, transforming the city annually for one unforgettable night. Each year, Art Night invites a leading cultural institution or curator to explore the history, culture and architecture of a different part of London, inspiring a series of new commissions, one off events and premieres by international and local artists from all stages of their careers. Alongside this, the Art Night Open programme offers local organisations, independent artists and curators the opportunity to take part in the festival - responding to the curatorial ideas and cultural trail. Art Night contributes to the UK’s art sector through its Legacy programme, which delivers co-commissions, acquisitions for public collections and prolonged display periods - enabling broader audiences to enjoy the programme, year-round. The festival was conceived and founded by Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen. 

Visit: http://artnight.london Twitter: @ARTNIGHTLDN, Instagram: @ARTNIGHTLDN, Facebook Art Night | Art Night is administrated by ArtCity Nights, a registered charity no 1164449.
THE MAYOR’S LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE AWARD
The London Borough of Culture award is a major new initiative launched by the Mayor of London in June 2017 and inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes. The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award brings Londoners together. Putting culture at the heart of local communities, where it belongs. Shining a light on the character and diversity of London’s boroughs and showing culture is for everyone. Now more than ever, the Mayor wants Londoners to get to know each other and feel part of our great city. Thanks to this new award, all Londoners will now have the chance to be part of something extraordinary.
In total, 22 boroughs bid for £1million funding to stage a year-long programme of cultural events and initiatives, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the borough’s future. Waltham Forest will be London Borough of Culture in 2019 and Brent will be London Borough of Culture in 2020. A panel of experts and City Hall officers read and moderated the bids. Experts were from institutions including City Bridge Trust, Historic England, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and the City of London. Recommendations were made to the Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE and the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, who made the final decision.
The winning boroughs of Waltham Forest and Brent were chosen based on their artistic vision and ambition to deliver outstanding cultural initiatives in their local area, putting communities at the centre of the programme design and delivery. The successful boroughs have demonstrated how winning the title will enable them to deliver their long-term ambitions, put local people at the heart of the programme, and showcase a diverse, vibrant and inclusive programme of work.
WALTHAM FOREST LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE 2019
Waltham Forest is the Mayor’s first London Borough of Culture. The award, the flagship programme in his culture strategy, was a major new initiative launched by Sadiq to put culture at the heart of London’s communities. More than 15,000 people backed Waltham Forest’s bid, which aims to inspire 85% of households to participate in the cultural year, engage every school in the area in arts and culture, and to attract over half a million new visitors to the borough.
The year will explore the themes ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’ and ‘Fellowship’ in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives creating a once in a life time celebration of the place we call ‘home’.
Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 will shine a light on the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, the things we have in common and the things that make us different, a year-long celebration of the real cultures of London by the people who live here.
FUNDING FOR LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE
The two winning London Boroughs of Culture (2019 and 2020) will receive a guaranteed fund of £1.35 million. This comprises of £1.25m pledged by City Hall with additional support from the City Bridge Trust of £100,000. In addition, a total of £1,004,000 has been allocated to up to six additional boroughs for individual landmark projects – the Mayor’s Cultural Impact Award. This comprises £904,000 from City Hall and £100,000 from the City Bridge Trust. The winning boroughs will also be supported to bid for funds that have been agreed by external partners Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation will work with the winning boroughs to help them secure further funding for bespoke cultural projects that will help bring real change to local boroughs. Boroughs are expected to provide at least 30% match funding (25% in cash, 5% in kind).
ABOUT THE CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
ABOUT CITY BRIDGE TRUST
City Bridge Trust is the City of London Corporation's charitable funder. It is London's biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital. City Bridge Trust has awarded more than 7,700 grants totalling over £370 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation's aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.
AIRBNB
Airbnb is supporting the London Borough of Culture with funding to promote healthy tourism. Airbnb’s Community Tourism Programme, will support the Mayor’s winning boroughs – Waltham Forest and Brent – by funding innovative local community project ‘Listen Local’. This will place writers in Waltham Forest and Brent to work with local creative talent and their communities to uncover hidden stories about local people and places.
Find out more and explore the programme at wfculture19.co.uk. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @WFCulture19 #WFCulture19
PHILLIPS
Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st Century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewellery, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in London, New York, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world, and is committed to supporting contemporary arts and culture through a worldwide programme of Arts Partnerships.
Visit www.phillips.com for further information.
Art Night would like to thank its 2019 Partners and Supporters:
Argent, Arts Council England, ArtSocial Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Cass Art, COS, frieze, Goethe-Institut London, Hiscox, Iniva, Jack Arts, Korean Cultural Centre UK, Lisson Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Mayor of London, Phillips, Tramway Glasgow, Visit London, William Morris Gallery and Yarat Contemporary Art Space.