The deadline for submission was the 21 October 2019 and has now passed. Thank you to the 65 artists that applied to our call for artists, we will be in touch shortly with next steps…
We asked artists and creative practitioners with an interest in working in the public realm to send us a portfolio. Instead of working up a proposal for free, we wanted 3 projects examples that could be used to transform any public realm site. These could be previously commissioned projects, or simply a feasibility study for a similar site.
Shape Newham will work with artists, prioritising those who live or work in Newham. Throughout the project we will still welcome ideas for the artists from individuals, groups, organisations and partnerships, so please do email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the artist selection process please download the infopack.
Shape Newham Assemblies
As a local community member you are invited to select a site for each project, and to help to shape the brief for each artist/designer. Decision making (still in construction) will happen at Shape Newham Assemblies.
We have designed these events to be fun and to make sure that anyone can take part.
As part of the local community, you are invited to these 3 initial events. They will be asking 3 initial questions:
Assembly 1) What is important to you?
You will discuss what the priorities for your town centres should be. You will also suggest other people who you think should take part, and sites for projects.
Assembly 2) Which sites do you find the most inspiring?
In this assembly you will decide where you think a project will be the most useful for your neighbourhood.
Assembly 3) What are the options and opportunities?
This will be an event where you meet the appointed artists and designers. They will have been given your brief made up of the decisions from assembly 1 and 2 and talking about their ideas in response! It is your chance to have the first say!
Please see Events for dates!
We want to hear your stories. Help us to ensure that the diversity of voices from Newham’s many communities are heard and included.
As part of the project it is important that we hear the many voices of the local community. To help us we will provide training in radio interviewing so that residents can record their stories. This will ensure that a diverse range of voices can contribute to the process and inspire the designers and artists. The final podcasts will be shared on this website as a shared statement of intent for the project. Please see the Newham Radio tab for live updates and more!
This vital contribution to the process will help to inspire the designers and local artists working on the projects. We will encourage local people to record their own stories and those of others by providing training in radio interviewing and recording skills. These recordings will be edited and woven together to make a series of community podcasts that will be shared on this website and at a community listening event.
Further submission requirements
Online submission deadline: day before your areas Assembly 1
You can suggest sites in the 8 town centres (Maryland, Forest Gate, Manor Park, Little Ilford, Plaistow, Green Street, East Ham or Beckton) for potential projects. This can be at the first assembly for the region or by emailing email@example.com.
Site description and any supporting information about local issues regarding the site (max 150 words):
Ownership details if known
To ensure there is an informed discussion about your suggested sites in the assemblies, the deadline is a week before your town centre's Assembly 2 - "Which sites do you find the most inspiring?". See the events page for more information on Assembly 2 dates.
We will be looking for volunteers to join our community led interview panel, to meet the artists and choose who you would most like to be involved. Three people in each region are needed to join our community led interview panel. These applicants will be selected at the end of the first assembly.
East: Thursday 7 November at 1–6pm
West: Thursday 14 November at 1–6pm
North: Thursday 21 November at 1–6pm
You are able to put yourself forward to be part of the Design Committee for each town centre project. The role of the Design Committee is to review and contribute to the design process as each project develops.
In January/February 2020 once the project sites have been chosen and the assemblies have approved artist’s concepts, members of the design committee will meet to help refine the artist’s proposal with workshops in January and February. This will shape the final design of the selected artists.
Applicants can apply at the first three assemblies or apply online using the below form. The members of the committee will be selected at the third Shape Newham assembly.
Any community and maker initiatives can self nominate to be put in a local directory for further potential collaboration with artists.
The project team have been researching Newham’s rich history and have compiled a list of current makers and material suppliers. We hope that the majority of projects can be made by local suppliers and craftspeople in line with the council’s Community Wealth Building agenda. Artists and designers will be required to make local connections to deliver their works trying to ensure every aspect of the project is created and made in Newham. If you are not on the list and would like to be, this is your chance to put yourself forwards!
Are you a local community group or initiative?
Part of the co-production process will also be training local community initiatives to contribute to the actual making of some of the projects. There will be an opportunity to take part in a community workshop placement. Submissions can be made at Shape Newham assemblies or here on the website. Those selected for workshops will be announced in Event 7 on the 25th February, with names drawn from a ballot box.
Workshops will train attendees in the prototyping and production of 1 of the 3 following media:
There will also be five paid work experience opportunities with the designers of the Shape Newham projects. Details will be advertised on this website and via Workplace in January/February 2020.