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Making for Change: Waltham Forest in partnership with Waltham Forest Council

Building at nighttime with Waltham Forest bright coloured images of leaves projected on.
Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture

Application deadline: midnight, 19 August 2019

Residency duration: 16 September – 11 October 2019

Founded by Professor Lucy Orta UAL Chair of Art for the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Fashion, The Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) in partnership with residency programmes across the world, invites artists and designers from across UAL to explore concerns that define the twenty-first century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy, human rights. Through research, studio practice, critiques and mentoring, the AER programme is designed to envision a world of tomorrow, to imagine and create work that challenges how we interact with the environment and each other.

This 4-week artist residency is part of the ‘Making for Change: Waltham Forest’ project developed by London College of Fashion in partnership with Waltham Forest Council for London Borough of Culture 2019 and the Great Place scheme. It will take place in a newly established fashion hub at Arbeit Studios Leyton Green, London.

The proposal:

Working in any medium or discipline, exploring social and environmental concerns, the artist in residence is expected to develop a project which reflects on and engages with the arts, culture, and heritage of London Borough of Waltham Forest. We look for proposals which approach the natural environment of the borough in creative new ways and encourage a slow lifestyle grounded on sustainability values and an enhanced sense of place. Projects which incorporate community engagement are particularly welcomed. The residency will take place within Arbeit Studios Leyton Green, which until recently was a derelict supermarket, and which has just been opened as the very first fashion hub of LCF’s Fashion District.

The partner:

Waltham Forest is the Mayor’s first London Borough of Culture. The award, the flagship programme in his culture strategy, was a major new initiative launched by Sadiq Kahn to put culture at the heart of London’s communities. Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 explores the themes of ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’ and ‘Fellowship’ and shines a light on the character, diversity and cultures of the borough. As part of the London Borough of Culture and the Great Place scheme, the ‘Making for Change: Waltham Forest’ project in particular comprises a programme of community engagement, education and research activities. Using fashion and making as catalysts for change, the project addresses local issues including skills shortage, unemployment and disempowered young people with the aim of bringing about positive change within the borough and activating long-term legacies.

AER x ‘Making for Change: Waltham Forest’ in partnership with Waltham Forest Council provides:

  • A studio space within Arbeit Studios Leyton Green
  • Facilitated access to relevant organisations in the borough (e.g. Leytonstone Community Garden, Brooks Farm, Organic Lea, Forest Recycling Project, etc.) as well as to local museums and galleries (e.g. William Morris Gallery, Vestry House Museum, etc.)
  • Regular support throughout the residency period
  • Learning support
  • Up to £500 for production and travel expenses
  • A grant of £500 on completion of the residency and final report
  • Inclusion in the ‘Making for Change: Waltham Forest’ showcase in November 2019
  • Promotion via the publicity channels of UAL, Waltham Forest Council and London Borough of Culture 2019