The Ridgeway Users group is looking to improve the space for users and its natural habitats by commissioning the co-creation of two Creative Wayfinding Interpretation Boards providing information and signage for the Ridgeway working with local people and creatives. This is a paid opportunity.
What’s going to happen
The North West Kent Countryside Partnership (NWKCP), the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BCT), the University of East London (UEL) and Bow Arts in collaboration with Thames Water, will be undertaking work to improve the habitat of the Ridgeway for native bees by creating a Thamesmead pollinator corridor.
They'll be organising conservation events including wildflower planting sessions, with local people, and bee identification workshops with local school children.
What they're looking for
They're looking for a local artist to co-design signage for the Ridgeway. The signage boards should take inspiration and material from the conservation events with local people. The boards will be installed on the Ridgeway to help users navigate the pathway and provide interesting information about the local flora and fauna.
The final piece is expected to be made of metal or recycled materials, durable and fit for purpose in line with relevant safety guidelines. The piece can be up to 2 metres in length and 1 metre in height, either affixed directly to a concrete base or mounted on legs affixed to a concrete base. It should be fabricated so that it is resistant to vandalism and can withstand all weathers for an anticipated 10 year period.
The commissioned artist
The winning artist is required to attend at least two conservation events related to the Thamesmead Pollinator Corridor. They will also need to host between three and five artist workshops with local people to gather further information for the interpretation boards.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 22 May 2023.
Find out more about the commission, artist requirements and how to apply here.
This project is supported by the Mayor of London's Rewild London Fund.