The Thamesmead Open
On 27 February we launched The Thamesmead Open, an ambitious, open call, international art competition. With a total budget of £200,000, The Thamesmead Open is designed to establish the area as a cultural destination and innovator. We're inviting artists to react to the unique setting of Thamesmead with proposals that directly respond to the location and encourage engagement with it. The commission is intended to make a bold statement for Thamesmead, putting the area on the map and raising cultural ambitions. Ideas can be presented for any location in Thamesmead, provided that logistics can be met. Submissions should be relevant for current Thamesmead residents, but also reflect the change that is coming, and speak to the future residents that will make Thamesmead their home.
The Thamesmead Open will run over two years and the £200,000 budget is to cover artist and organisation fees, production costs and travel. The project can be delivered over two years, and must be completed by March 2022. A panel of judges, which will include Thamesmead residents and representatives from the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council and London Borough of Bexley, will review applications and select the winner. The winner of the competition will be announced at the end of September.
Thamesmead Cultural Infrastructure Plan
In February 2020 we launched our Cultural Infrastructure Plan for Thamesmead, the first to be published in London. ‘A home for culture in London’s new town’ forms a key part of our long-term cultural strategy, and will serve as a blueprint for creating the cultural facilities that Thamesmead must provide to create a culturally rich and vibrant new town for London, which will likely be home to over 100,000 residents by 2030 with 20,000 new homes.
Our plan responds to the Mayor of London’s Cultural Infrastructure Plan, published in March 2019, which sets out what is needed to protect and grow London’s cultural facilities and its cultural economy. ‘A home for culture’ is based on the principle that culture should be a part of everyday life for Thamesmead’s residents and is a vital component of making great places.
Thamesmead Community Fund
The Thamesmead Community Fund awards grants from £200 up to £2,000 to individuals and organisations to deliver cultural or community projects to benefit Thamesmead’s residents. The money for the fund comes from the fees that Peabody earns through location filming in Thamesmead, and from the Peabody Community Foundation.
The Thamesmead Community Fund is run by Peabody, the London Community Foundation and an advisory group of local residents and stakeholders.
Please note that the due to Covid 19 the Thamesmead Community Fund is currently on hold. We are hoping to resume the fund as soon as possible. Click here to find out more about the application process.
If you would like to find out about the cultural or community projects which have received grants from the Thamesmead Community Fund, please click here.
Festival Production Group
Over the last three years, many of you have helped us ensure that the Thamesmead Festival is an accessible, friendly and fun experience; that can be attended by local people and visitors from afar.
For the Thamesmead Festival in 2020 we want to take local resident involvement a step further and create a Festival Production Group. The group of local residents will be supported to become the key decision makers around the development of the whole festival, making sure that the interests and needs of the whole community are at the heart of the event.
Click here to apply.
Thamesmead Community Fund Panel: Application
We are looking for eight people from the immediate community to apply to become part of the panel that can support us with the decision making on how our community grants are awarded within Thamesmead. We want people who can act as a champion for the wider community; be an ambassador for the Thamesmead Community Fund; and provide advice on how to promote the Fund within the local community.
If this sounds like you, please apply here.
Thamesmead Culture Forum
Get involved in arts and culture in Thamesmead by attending our monthly Thamesmead Culture Forum. It is for anyone interested in culture who wants to share their work and ideas, contribute their expertise or local knowledge, and welcome others who want to contribute to culture in Thamesmead. The forum is held every first Wednesday of the Month, from 5pm – 7pm.
Thamesmead Community Archive
Thamesmead's Community Archive is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and has already unearthed a number of documents, artefacts and photos that link to Thamesmead's History - all contributed by local people. You can find out more about the Community Archive here.
Thamesmead Culture Guide
In 2017 we published the first ever Thamesmead Culture Guide. In it we celebrate the artistic offer in Thamesmead and the people behind it - from filmmakers, artists, and designers to curators and poets. Highlighting Thamesmead's key cultural people and places will help to create a place where people want to be and where they feel at home, because we know that bricks and mortar don't create a community. Culture does.