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Makers and Spaces

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Makers and Spaces

Makers and Spaces

Jeffrey  Lennon By Jeffrey Lennon

The fund will celebrate a truly unique area of the capital by programming interventions that will illuminate both the retail and spatial excellence within Calvert Avenue and the Arnold Circus.

Bethnal Green Idea stage

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A distinctive, imaginative lighting installation will highlight and further enhance the area's spatial magnificence and create an outstanding visual, culturally themed, destination for London. This will be complimented with a robust programme of activities that will open the retail district out onto the Calvert Avenue creating a 'creative retail trail' that will be promoted as an example of the best in independent craftmanship and retailing. The project will also use the area's natural convening dynamic, social history and appeal, to encourage and facilitate further, progressive debate assessing the current and future dialogue on the capital's approach to urban design, with a specific reference to social housing.

What we'll deliver:

  • Design and install bespoke lighting and spatial/collaborative installation for Calvert Avenue and Arnold Circus
  • Food market at Arnold Circus
  • Live photography
  • Programme of events at St Leonards church including live debates and talks
  • Exhibition of artworks and collaborative art installation at Gallery 22 (in Calvert Avenue)
  • Facilitate a 'Future of social housing in London' debate in partnership with GLA, held outdoor on the Arnold Circus
  • Film and Storytelling events
  • Initiate events and activities establishing a retail-led journey through the creative district in Calvert Avenue
  • utilise the St Leonards Church Yard, Arnold Circus and Calvert Avenue

Why it's a great idea:

The mix of successful, independent businesses, set within a great example of classic residential design is a convincing reason to celebrate Calvert Avenue and Arnold Circus. However there is significant added value within our application as the High St fund will complement (not directly resource) the existing African Street-Style Festival, an annual street based event that takes place on the Calvert Avenue and Arnold Circus. The festival is now in its third year (25/26th July 2015), having quickly established a reputation as a fantastic showcase of the influence of African creativity in London. The success of the festival is fundamentally due to its proximity, delivered directly on the streets of one of the predominant, influential, outstanding examples of critical urban design. This fund will highlight the architectural spectacle of the area, celebrate the retailers and instill an essential spatial context within the heart of the festival.

Steps to get it done:

  • A contractor will fabricate the structural framework and illuminations in the lead up to the African Festival.
  • Public making events during the African Festival will further customise, decorate and complete the installation
  • The project team will design a bespoke architectural and lighting installation for Calvert Avenue and Arnold Circus
  • We'll host workshops enabling the public to contribute to the installation, supported by local retailers and makers

Location Bethnal Green

About the space

High Street


Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £27,649

Design and build the installation framework - £12,250 (44%)
Running a series of making workshops - £6,000 (22%)
Workshop materials - £3,500 (13%)
African Festival making workshops - £2,000 (7%)
Post-festival legacy (dissemble and relocation or works where necessary) - £1,250 (5%)
Other - £2,649 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Design and build the installation framework
Running a series of making workshops
Workshop materials
African Festival making workshops
Post-festival legacy (dissemble and relocation or works where necessary)
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  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £27,649

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