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Creative spaces

by Natalie Vincent Tue 27 February 2018, 12:07 pm

Waltham Forest Council has announced the first 10 selected projects to reinvigorate 20 forgotten spaces across the borough.

Established in 2017, the council's Making Places scheme, managed in partnership with arts charity Create, invited artists from across the UK to propose ideas for sites nominated by Waltham Forest residents, including Leyton's Linear Park, the bandstand at Chingford's Ridgeway Park, and Aldriche Way estate in Highams Park.

The chosen installations will celebrate Waltham Forest's heritage, encourage community-led design and encourage local skills development.

Entries to the open call were shortlisted by a judging panel which included Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture; Louise Jeffreys, director of art at the Barbican; Hadrian Garrard, director of Create; and Lorna Lee, head of culture and heritage services at Waltham Forest Council.

Council leader Clare Coghill said: "Waltham Forest is a borough for makers and a borough for radicals, all built around the key element of fellowship. Working together, we can create wonderful pieces of community art that bring joy and happiness to residents and visitors alike.

"All of these superb commissions will brighten up areas of Waltham Forest nominated by our residents – where they wanted change we delivered it."

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