Making Places

  • 2017 – ongoing
  • Artists: Various
  • Location: Waltham Forest
  • Produced by: Waltham Forest Council
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Waltham Forest residents nominated sites across the borough that they wanted to see transformed. Twenty of the nominated sites, one in each ward, are now set to become the locations for exciting new arts and culture projects.

Waltham Forest Council’s councillor leader made it a priority to invest £1m across 20 wards through an inter-department art regeneration programme.

Residents nominated 500 unloved sites and then developed an open call inviting artistic responses from creative practitioners including architects, designers, landscape gardeners and artists.  A creative advisory panel devised assessment criteria ensuring a quality, deliverable, 5-year long, transformational impact.  Shortlisted projects will involve community engagement to further develop ideas from the outset.

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Artistic responses include a combination of new structures, lighting, innovative play, graphic art and so forth. For example the concept for one of the projects, designed by Lucy Harrison & Matter Architecture, is for a new piece of grass and wildflower landscape that traces the history of the site and the people who lived there. The pattern of the houses that previously existed will be recreated in lines of lavender, and the intervening spaces filled with wild flowers or other plants chosen by local residents, who are invited to become part of a friends’ group to shape the park’s planting and engage with its maintenance in the future.

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