CONCRETE ISLAND

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CONCRETE ISLAND

charlie warde By charlie warde

Artist Charlie Warde returns JG Ballard's classic novel Concrete Island to its site of origin in this durational art piece and exhibition.

Kensington and Chelsea Delivery stage

£8,490
pledged of £13,832

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Support artist Charlie Warde as he lives beneath the Westway Flyover for 7 days, re-creating the urban dislocation experienced by the protagonist of Ballard’s Concrete Island. During his stay on the “island”, Charlie will create artworks inspired by the novel and his surroundings focusing on themes of connectivity, isolation and transformation within contemporary urban life, and the ultimate taming of the environment. In 1973 JG Ballard wrote a story about a man on his way home from work whose car careers of the newly built Westway Flyover, an epic concrete motorway raised above the houses and buildings divided either side. He crashes down into an undeveloped site becoming stranded, a modern urban Robinson Crusoe. With meagre supplies and bizarre encounters he exerts his will over the confines of his dominion in a transgressive and transformative act of self-discovery.

What we'll deliver:

  • Make safe the site from previous defunct installation
  • Construct large-scale performance/installation visible to the public from 8th - 15th June (part of InTransit Festival)
  • The exhibition will be open to the public on 15th June
  • Fund display of exhibition by group of artists from Kindred Studios
  • Provide food and support for artist Charlie Warde's week long internment on the "Island"
  • Materials for 30 meter mural (one of the installation artworks)
  • Transportation of materials for immersive sculpture installation

Why it's a great idea:

Charlie will create artworks inspired by the novel and his surroundings, raising the profile of an important piece of local cultural heritage which is still relevant today. There will be the possibility to sign up for workshops leading up to the exhibition including a creative writing courses. The project will transform the site from its current dangerous state, aiding its progress towards a safe environment for development by the grounds staff of Kensington & Chelsea.

Steps to get it done:

  • Make Site (Bay 20) SAFE
  • Construct Hoarding
  • Install Portacabin

We are offering “Help” in return for yours. Those who support this project will receive a special edition artwork by Charlie Warde entitled “Help”. A donation of £25 will be exchanged for a limited edition numbered A5 print (one of 150). For £50, a signed and numbered A4 print will be provided (one of 150). You can also sign up for workshops leading up to the exhibition including a creative writing courses…..

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Location Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea has 43 other projects and £1,275,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Bay 20, undeveloped wasteland under the A40

Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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How will the money be spent?Total £13,832

100 decommissioned fridges for installation - £4,000 (29%)
100 meters of Hoarding for site security - £3,000 (22%)
container for art installation - £2,000 (14%)
supporting marooned artist for 7 days - £1,680 (12%)
invigilation for duration of InTransit Festival (2 People) - £1,600 (12%)
transport - £500 (4%)
clothes for artist - £250 (2%)
portaloo for artist - £180 (1%)
Other - £622 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

29%
100 decommissioned fridges for installation
£4,000
22%
100 meters of Hoarding for site security
£3,000
14%
container for art installation
£2,000
12%
supporting marooned artist for 7 days
£1,680
12%
invigilation for duration of InTransit Festival (2 People)
£1,600
4%
transport
£500
2%
clothes for artist
£250
1%
portaloo for artist
£180
4%
Other
£622
  • Spacehive fees
    £298
  • Transaction Fees
    £264
  • VAT
    £60

Total £13,832

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