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Local Programme Commissions for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Deadline: September 3, 2014, 9:00 am

The Local Programme is a new programme at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which aims to ensure that there is a foundation of year-round events and activity on the Park that are locally connected and stimulate local interest. QEOP are commissioning a series of projects to animate the Park from local individuals, groups and organisations. The ambition for the Local Programme is to set a precedent for how the Park could be used in the future, and how it could continue to make and nurture local connections.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the largest public park to be created in London for over 100 years, and aims to be a park which is meaningfully connected to the local communities, as well as an international destination. It is an events destination, which in 2013 alone hosted music festivals, concerts, community markets and numerous individual meetings and company events. Since the Park was fully re-opened in April 2014, it has already welcomed over a million visitors.

Local Programme: Project Brief | August 2014

  • to have a varied and inspirational programme of high quality events, activities and projects helping to deliver the vision of an inspiring, creative and welcoming Park.
  • To represent and celebrate the diversity and energy of east London and its communities, and the themed programming and choice of events that take place on the Park is the key to achieving this.

The brief below details the types of projects and events they are looking to commission, from small to medium scale, and how to apply. The application process is open to anyone who can demonstrate they have the experience and resources to successfully deliver projects in a busy public park.

There will be two opportunities to apply:

  1. Applications open Summer 2014 for projects in Autumn/Winter 2014
  2. Applications open Winter 2014 for projects in Spring/Summer 2015

The Local Programme is looking to commission small to medium scale events and projects focusing on community engagement, arts and culture and high quality design. Commission projects are sort from to the following list:

  • Community led events like picnics, treasure hunts and tea dances for varied audiences
  • Celebratory events to mark key moments throughout the year
  • Outdoor performances in various locations from dance to theatre and music
  • Participatory activities like bake-offs, outdoor chess/board games, storytelling, outdoor sing-a-longs
  • An audio programme of Park podcasts and talks that can be downloaded and listened to in the Park
  • Very temporary ‘pop-up’ artworks with short timespans and minimal infrastructure, but with high impact
  • An ‘historian in residence’ who can communicate the rich heritage of the Park to visitors
  • A talks programme appealing to a wide range of audiences and covering varied topics
  • Projects focusing on sustainability, the landscape and ecological and environmental issue.
  •  A six month artist or writer’s residency in the Park from October 2014 – March 2015; to be based in the Park’s studio shed. Please see Appendix A for further details of this opportunity.

There are budgets available to support projects or event between £1,000 and £10,000. Applicants will need to state clearly in their application how much they are applying for and what costs this will cover.

For full details please download the brief below.

Download Local programme commissions brief 2014.pdf(741 KB)