Friday, 15 May 2009

Bring On The Big Ideas!

In the ultimate call out, Arts Council England have invited artists from anywhere and across any discipline to use the nation as a blank canvas – with kitty of up to £500, 000 to make your vision a reality!

The project is called Artists Taking The lead and it is one of the most ambitious arts projects ever launched in the UK, in an effort to showcase British creativity to the world during the 2012 Olympics.

Open to artists of all kinds from across the UK, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the challenge is to envision an art project that reflects and is inspired your regional area.

Twelve inspirational commissions will be chosen and the successful commissions will be developed across 2010 and 2011, and all twelve will take part in the most massive private view this country’s ever seen, before the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It’s common knowledge that people from all over have been feeling disgruntled about the Olympics, there’s been feeling that the event ahs been draining funding from the Arts and elsewhere, in their bid to refurbish the city for 2012. This is an opportunity for artists to get a voice, and to create a work that will long outlive the Olympics.

Don’t be scared by the size of the commission, if you have a great idea the Arts Council can help you deliver it.

The other amazing aspect is that the projects are being chosen by artists and arts producers – there is one member of the arts council on each panel and the rest (up to 7) are artists or producers.

They are simply looking for the most brilliant ideas, that best suit the region, and fit with the project’s deliberately broad criteria.

The application process is really easy – you just need to describe your idea in 400 words and you can upload images, film or audio clips to support your idea if words just don’t quite do it. But you don’t have long – the application deadline is next week 29th May!

Find out how here-
For further information see

By Millie Ross

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