The exciting way for you to shape the place and the action across the borough of Ealing!
Pitzhanger is the former home of architect Sir John Soane, opened to the public in March 2019 after a 3 year restoration. In our first year we welcome 60,000 visitors, put on world class art exhibitions (Anish Kapoor), and reached 12,000 education participants. The Times noted Pitzhanger as “one of the top 10 buildings in the world to visit”. Pitzhanger aims to develop 3 public art pedestrian crossings in the heart of Ealing Broadway. Taking precedent from schemes created by the V&A and the Business Improvement District Better Bankside. Better connecting Pitzhanger to the local community, helping navigate the visitor journey and enhancing the public space. We will work with two local schools and a youth group, and a community artist to develop the designs, bringing together art, people and places in one unique project. A fantastic opportunity to engage local children in an uplifting creative project, creating a sense of place and belonging for Ealing residents in the wake of Covid.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The scheme provides an opportunity to better connect Pitzhanger to the local community. It will help navigate the visitor journey from Ealing Broadway station to Pitzhanger on Ealing Green. Pitzhanger did not have the chance to raise it’s profile in Ealing before the first lockdown came, having to close just one year after opening post-restoration. Many Ealing residents are still not familiar with Pitzhanger, and do not know that as an Ealing resident they have free access to the Manor and exhibitions twice a week. The crossings will hugely enhance the public space in the centre of Ealing Broadway for local residents, workers and shoppers. The children and young people from the two local schools and youth group we will work with will have the chance to develop their designs with a local artist, having been starved of arts education for the last year. The crossings will create a sense of pride and belonging for residents.
Steps to get it done:
We will also work with a community freelance artist, a group who have been badly hit by the pandemic.
About the space
London Borough of Ealing
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