Discover Bedford Park with poet WB Yeats

Funded on Spacehive 1 March 2022

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Discover Bedford Park with poet WB Yeats

The WB Yeats Bedford Park Project By The WB Yeats Bedford Park Project

a total arts/educational/heritage Yeats-in-Bedford-Park visitor experience incl. ‘smartphone’ guided walk, school-groups' creative workbooks, lecture, community-groups launch/reception, + promo-video!

Ealing Delivery stage

140
backers
£24,448
raised
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This project was funded on 01 Mar 2022!

Bohemian Bedford Park's fostering of London-Irish-migrant schoolboy WB Yeats’s Nobel-Prize genius will be celebrated on Yeats’s next birthday (Mon 13 Jun ’22) with unveiling of Conrad Shawcross’s #EnwroughtLight! Help us create a permanent-legacy arts/educational/heritage experience for local community + international visitors radiating out from this dazzling artwork with: -interpretive signage + QR-code link to -smartphone/tablet/iPad guided literary/heritage walk round ten Yeats/BedfordPk poetry-places with Google routes, images, short info-talks + poems (audio+onscreen) +Yeats online+print poetry workbooks for visiting school-groups (to learn, study, inspire) +promo video (+ social-media news trailers) to engage local residents, encourage social cohesion by celebrating shared heritage, bring British, Irish & international visitors to BedfordPk culture quarter +‘unveiling’ reception for community groups, schools, media + free public event celebrating unique heritage of poet+place!

What we'll deliver:

  • web-based guided walk to locations that influenced/inspired Yeats, with directions, images, info, relevant poem-readings
  • promo videos (via social media channels) to engage local community with arts heritage + bring international visitors
  • Yeats/BedfordPk poetry workbooks for visiting school-groups to learn poems, discover local heritage + write!
  • interpretive signage next the sculpture explaining significance + Yeats/BedfordPk story with QR code linked to walks
  • reception for artwork's unveiling/launch engaging local community groups, organisations, schools, media
  • free lecture bringing community together + celebrating unique Yeats-in-Bedford-Park combination of poet+place!

Why it's a great idea:

The project will: CELEBRATE Yeats’s poetry & drama HONOUR a local schoolkid who became a major international literary figure HIGHLIGHT Bedford Park’s role in fostering his genius INSPIRE local young people to participate in poetry, drama & visual arts ENCOURAGE shared community pride in the area’s unique cultural/arts heritage PROMOTE contemporary art IMPROVE public space ENHANCE the environment ATTRACT visitors SUPPORT the local economy RECOGNISE the mutually valuable Irish-British cultural interaction exemplified by Yeats’s life/work ACKNOWLEDGE migrant communities’ vital role in creating/enriching Britian’s arts/culture while benefiting from London as a cultural hub in which to develop their own art, ideas & identity REMEMBER Yeats’s own cross-cultural interest in Hinduism, Buddhism, & Eastern teaching & spirituality UNDERLINE Bedford Park’s historic significance as a progressive artistic community, the world’s first garden suburb, & a model for holistic housing developme

Steps to get it done:

  • Contract Lab99 Design's web development for smartphone, iPad & tablet of guided Yeats walk/trail
  • Create basic content, information for interpretive sign, short info-talks on guided walk/trail, promo + news videos
  • Handover to - & liaise with - Museums Specialist to edit for signage
  • Contract sign manufacturer to create sign based on edited/designed info
  • Handover to - & liaise with - educational specialist to produce school workbooks
  • Trial workbooks with local schools
  • Contract Chiswick Buzz to produce news updates in Jan'22, Apr'22 & permanenet promo-video
  • Arrange voice recordings for smartphone guided walk/Yeats-trail
  • Arrange spring Yeats lecture to update & further engage with local community
  • Arrange launch event, reception with community groups, schools, media etc
  • Continual press coverage throughout project development time
  • Measure no. of visitors, users of smartphone walk through summer 2022, autumn etc

Publicising the unique Yeats/BedfordPk story –not just that the only Nobel-Prize poet raised in England had no monument anywhere in Britain, but that a uniquely progressive/aesthetic world’s-first-garden-suburb was the crucible, its diverse community the catalyst, that transmuted his Irish-exile longing into Nobel gold—in order to raise £25K for planning approval + £135K for the artwork+installation, has meant being inundated with requests, from our 380 donors + others locally + internationally, for more arts/heritage information + promises from all over the world to come + visit Yeats’s BedfordPk. To make those visits informative + artistically enjoyable we need both to promote the local heritage story by short videos through social media etc, engage local community + schools in the high-profile launch celebrations, offer a public lecture on the area’s arts history + heritage + take those who do visit on a fascinating guided tour (via smartphone) of key poetry places in the story.

Location Ealing

About the space

W4 1UB Bedford Park (Ealing & Chiswick)

Council

London Borough of Ealing

How will the money be spent?Total £24,439

promo videos (via social media channels) to engage local community + international visitors - £9,855 (40%)
web-based guided walk to locations that influenced/inspired Yeats, inc. routes, images, info, poems - £7,989 (33%)
creating arts/heritage content for web-app walk, workbooks, promo-video, info & signage 80 hrs @ £22 - £1,760 (7%)
editing info for interpretive signage placed by artwork, liaising with designer, manufacturer etc - £1,000 (4%)
Yeats/BedfordPk poetry workbooks for school-groups to learn poems, discover local heritage + write! - £880 (4%)
free Yeats/BedfordPk literary/arts/heritage lecture bringing community together - £830 (3%)
reception for artwork unveiling/launch + release of guided walk anisations, schools, media - £750 (3%)
Other - £1,376 (6%)

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.

40%
promo videos (via social media channels) to engage local community + international visitors
£9,855
33%
web-based guided walk to locations that influenced/inspired Yeats, inc. routes, images, info, poems
£7,989
7%
creating arts/heritage content for web-app walk, workbooks, promo-video, info & signage 80 hrs @ £22
£1,760
4%
editing info for interpretive signage placed by artwork, liaising with designer, manufacturer etc
£1,000
4%
Yeats/BedfordPk poetry workbooks for school-groups to learn poems, discover local heritage + write!
£880
3%
free Yeats/BedfordPk literary/arts/heritage lecture bringing community together
£830
3%
reception for artwork unveiling/launch + release of guided walk anisations, schools, media
£750
6%
Other Read More
£1,376
  • Spacehive fees
    £982
  • Transaction Fees
    £198
  • VAT
    £196

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • providing/subsidising future Yeats/BedfordPark lectures, poetry readings, visual arts & cultural events & recitals

Total £24,439

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