WeKnitWaterloo

Funded on Spacehive 18 December 2015

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WeKnitWaterloo

WeKnitWaterloo

Waterloo Quarter By Waterloo Quarter

We're taking knitting our high street & community together quite literally; bringing residents, businesses, community groups & schools together to create knitted signage celebrating our uniqueness.

Lambeth Delivery stage

3
backers
£37,100
raised
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This project was funded on 18 Dec 2015!

Over a 12 month period, we will develop & deliver a community art & signage project, creating knitted signage panels for display in the windows of each of our high street businesses. Building on a style developed for our recently launched Shopping Guide, the panel designs will result from a competition for local schools/community groups and will be made into knitting patterns by our knitting shop. Courses, workshops and a range of events across the year will ensure everyone can get involved and will draw people into and connect them with the high street. Each panel will be knitted twice; once for the business windows and once for inclusion in a public art work for Emma Cons Gardens, highlighting the rich variety of our high street offering and unveiled during a community high street party. Concurrently, construction hoardings will display knitting themed signage and walks, worksheets, social media/press campaigns will ensure we raise the high street’s profile with a wider audience.

What we'll deliver:

  • Create knitted signage panels for display in the windows of each of our high street businesses
  • Create knitting themed artistic signage for building hoardings during period of construction at entrance to Lower Marsh
  • Install temporary art work on Emma Cons Gardens, with a duplicate of each of the panels knitted together into one piece
  • Develop marketing & communications plan to support the project; local, national & creative media, social media...
  • Produce walking guides to the project for hotels, tourist information, museums etc
  • Develop interactive worksheets for children based on the project

Why it's a great idea:

Quirky and engaging, like our high street, this innovative, accessible, inclusive & cost effective project will:
• Re-unite a historic high street now split in two by Waterloo Road;
• Provide a critical signpost during a period when half of the high street will be visually cut off by building works at a key gateway;
• Celebrate and promote the rich & diverse offering of our high street;
• Re-engage & involve our community with the high street;
• Improve the physical appearance of our high street for all, making it more attractive to visit & spend time in;
• Create an additional reason to visit the high street, initially to participate in the creation of the artwork, then later to view it;
• Get people talking about us and provide a story which we can use to promote the high street to a wider audience through a dedicated marketing and communications plan;
• Re-invigorate the windows of empty premises, improving their appearance and displaying their potential to prospective tenants.

Steps to get it done:

  • Work with local designers/knitting expert to create patterns & purchase necessary equipment/materials
  • Distribute patterns to local Schools, TRAs, Community Groups, Residents, Businesses etc
  • Hold workshops/classes to teach people to knit
  • Run regular knitting events for people to meet and knit
  • Local knitting expert/shop owner to act as the 'Knit Nurse' to help people with knitting
  • Community knitting champions to coordinate panel creation/completion
  • Work with designer & local developer to create themed signage for construction hoardings

This projects forms part of our wider 'High Street Plan', which has already seen us involved in delivering a range of projects, including the:
• regeneration of both halves of our high street;
• launch of our month long food festival;
• relaunch of our street market;
• launch of a new Saturday market;
• creation of marketing & market steering groups made up of local business owners & interested parties;
• creation of a property owners group;
• delivery of an innovative greening project;
• launch of our Waterloo Shopping Guide.

• With a range of projects still to come, including the:
• launch of a monthly themed Saturday market alongside our existing market;
• creation and delivery of a retail incubator space;
• development of a pocket park in an unused public space on the high street;
• delivery of a series of pop-up events in an unused public square on the high street;
• development of a digital media marketing strategy;
• negotiation of collective procurement initiatives.

Location Lambeth

Lambeth has 11 other projects and £1,275,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

A high street stretching the length of The Cut & Lower Marsh

Council

London Borough of Lambeth

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How will the money be spent?Total £37,100

Events across the project (e.g. knitting classes, workshops, drop-in knitting sessions and launch) - £14,000 (38%)
Competition, Design & Launch phase (including competition, pattern design and launch communications) - £5,000 (13%)
Creation & printing of children's worksheets and walking maps related to project - £4,500 (12%)
Purchase of equipment/materials - £4,000 (11%)
Framing & installation of completed signage/artwork - £3,500 (9%)
Hoarding Signage - £3,000 (8%)
Project Evaluation - £1,000 (3%)
Other - £2,100 (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.

38%
Events across the project (e.g. knitting classes, workshops, drop-in knitting sessions and launch)
£14,000
13%
Competition, Design & Launch phase (including competition, pattern design and launch communications)
£5,000
12%
Creation & printing of children's worksheets and walking maps related to project
£4,500
11%
Purchase of equipment/materials
£4,000
9%
Framing & installation of completed signage/artwork
£3,500
8%
Hoarding Signage
£3,000
3%
Project Evaluation
£1,000
6%
Other
£2,100
  • Spacehive fees
    £1,295
  • VAT
    £350
  • Transaction Fees
    £0

Total £37,100

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