Making Places

An ambitious arts and cultural programme that aims to commission creative projects which make the London Borough of Waltham Forest a better place to be.

Making Places is a new initiative by Waltham Forest Council, which aims to deliver twenty new site-specific artworks across the borough during 2018. These projects are being commissioned at sites within the borough which residents have identified as needing transformation – and these parks, street corners, forest schools, library gardens and other public spaces are looking for long-term artworks, design interventions, and other creative approaches that will help support the local community’s positive engagement with the landscape of the borough.

Artists, architects, and creative practitioners of all backgrounds who have an interest in working in the public realm are invited to propose new ideas for Making Places. Successful projects will receive up to £40,000 per site to develop and deliver their projects on behalf of Waltham Forest Council. Proposals will be considered from individuals, collectives, organisations and partnerships based in the UK – we ask that applicants demonstrate their prior experience delivering site-specific artworks, particularly outdoor or public-realm works. Applicants may submit proposals for multiple sites but a maximum of four sites will be awarded to any one individual, collective or organisation.

Applications for Making Places are now open, and the deadline for proposals is October 8 2017.

For more information and details on how to submit proposals, see the Making Places website.

Create are proud to be partnering with Waltham Forest Council in managing the open call for Making Places commissions, and Director Hadrian Garrard will act as part of the commissioning panel alongside Louise Jeffreys (Director of Arts at the Barbican), Tamsie Thompson (Director of London Festival of Architecture), Mark Godfrey (Executive Director of Soho Theatre), and representatives from Waltham Forest Council.

Waltham Forest Council is an innovative borough leading the way in improving residents’ quality of life through arts and culture.  It is currently developing its bid to be the first London Borough of Culture.