Those of you who tuned in to me guest-presenting the ‘Our Mill Road‘ show on Cambridge 105 earlier this month will have heard me mention an exciting new community art project that’s being organised by Ceri Littlechild…
There are hoardings outside a currently vacant piece of land on Mill Road – near the Spar shop at No.301 – and although the land is already earmarked for development and the hoardings will be removed at some point, they could be improved in the mean time and made to look nicer. Ceri has been in touch with the current landowners and spoken to them about the possibility of running an art project to decorate the hoardings. They have agreed in principle though have asked for potential designs for the hoardings to be submitted, before final approval. The group is also waiting to hear if they will be able to use the other nearby hoardings which are owned by the Mosque Project.
Seven lead artists are needed for the project, with each working on between five and ten of the hoardings. The work of each lead artist would involve:
- Identifying a local community group to engage in the design process (ASAP). This should preferably reach out to a diverse range of people, including local school children, minority groups, the disabled, elderly, or those with a local interest or connection. Applicants must have the appropriate certification to be able to work with children or the vulnerable.
- Arranging one or two (as appropriate) half day workshops with that community group to sketch out 2 or 3 designs for the relevant section of the hoardings (October/November 2013)
- Once the designs have been submitted and a final one picked by the owners, the lead artists will be responsible for conducting the installation of the art work. This part should be carried out by professional artists only, rather than involve the community group, unless lead artists have the required insurances. Lead artists may want to recruit additional volunteer artists to help (December 2013 or January 2014).
- It is expected that the total time commitment would be 1-2 days arranging workshops, another 1-2 days carrying out the workshops and up to five days for the art work installation (depending on the medium used and any additional voluntary help).
It is hoped that there may be the possibility of getting some funding or a grant to run the project, so that lead artists can be paid for their time and materials, though this isn’t yet guaranteed.
Mill Road is a multicultural and diverse community and the art work on the hoardings should celebrate that and not cause offence to any particular group. People can use a variety of cultural references for inspiration. The work can be in any medium (i.e. print, post-up or paint), but the installation is subject to final agreement and permission from the land owner – and no painting should take place until that permission is granted. Although a date for removal of the hoardings has not yet been given, they could potentially be removed as early as June 2014 – so there is a need to begin the project soon and work on it over the winter.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in a local project and see your artwork adorning Mill Road! If you’d like to apply then please email Ceri with your name, contact details and your relevant experience/CV by 5th October: firstname.lastname@example.org.