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Concept sketch for Strand-Aldwych by LDA Design 2018

Call For Submissions: Strand-Aldwych Artist Commission


November 6, 2018

The Northbank BID is delighted to announce an opportunity for artists to explore unique ways in helping to bring new public realm designs for Strand and Aldwych to life, with a special focus on the possibilities for Aldwych.

This series of commissions asks for artists to work collaboratively with the selected landscape architects LDA Design as part of the design development process.  The artist brief is to develop concepts for the Strand-Aldwych area, working within one of the following design categories:

  • Materiality & structures
  • Sound, light & technology
  • Play, engagement & learning

Up to six individual artists, collectives or creative organisations from across artistic disciplines will be selected to take part in a 5-week process which begins in January 2019. Beyond this first phase there is potential for a further development stage in March-July 2019, with the ambition being that some of the ideas developed can be fully commissioned as part of the Strand-Aldwych design scheme (future funding and approvals permitting).

The ambition of the overall project is to transform this well known Strand-Aldwych location from a polluted, traffic dominated gyratory to a pedestrian focused destination with strong links to the surrounding districts.  The vision is for the area to become a global creative and thinking quarter which will be an international beacon for creativity, enterprise and learning, balanced with the everyday needs of the local community.

Ruth Duston OBE OC, The Northbank BID, said “This stage in the design is another way for us to make sure the community is at the centre of the Strand-Aldwych Vision. The artists – who may be local to the area – will be asked to consider the location and its neighbours when bringing ideas to the table, as well as the academic pool of excellence for potential collaboration. We are excited to drive forward an initiative that will contribute to ensuring this space is rejuvenated as a world-class and inclusive celebration of culture.”

Find the Briefing Pack here.

A fixed fee is available per artist/collective. Please see full details within the artist brief.

Please return your completed Expression of Interest Form which can be found within the briefing pack to commission@thenorthbank.london by 18:00 Monday 19 November 2018.