Peabody > Thamesmead Open International Art Competition (UK)
The housing association Peabody is seeking proposals for a significant new art commission of ambition and scale that will raise the profile of Thamesmead (an area of south-east London, England), taking inspiration from its current and future communities.
There is a total budget of £200,000 to cover artist and organisation fees, production costs and travel. The project can be delivered over two years, reaching completion by March 2022.
Thamesmead was built in the late 60s, founded on a utopian dream of modernist architecture and a model town. Fifty years later it has a community of over 45,000 people, beautiful green spaces of unrivalled space and scale, iconic brutalist architecture, and a growing creative community. Thamesmead still has enormous potential.
The brief of the call is open. Proposals can be for any location in Thamesmead, providing logistics can be met. The project can last for any period of time, and it is encouraged for the work to last long enough for wide ranging audiences/participants to engage with it. The proposal should be specific to Thamesmead, and inspired by it. It should reflect the change that is coming, and speak to the future residents that will make Thamesmead their home, while remaining relevant to its existing communities.
Proposals are welcomed from individual artists and creative practitioners, cultural organisations, and consortiums of artists or organisations. The project should be undertaken July 2020 – March 2022 (although the work can be completed sooner).
Deadline: 20 April 2020