Join local heroes world class artists to celebrate Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019, and see your work take centre stage.

Open Calls will be announced throughout the year, so keep checking this page for updates or sign up to the London Borough of Culture newsletter to be alerted of new opportunities here.

Opportunity for developing artists who identify as disabled or D/deaf to showcase their work as part of the Mayor of London’s Liberty

Liberty, The Mayor of London’s free festival celebrating the work of Deaf and disabled artists is coming to Waltham Forest this November, presenting an exciting weekend of cutting edge arts in partnership with Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019.

Liberty Scratch is an informal showcase of raw and untested performance ideas – from music to performance, drag, comedy, dance, theatre and more.

We are inviting performance artists living or working in Waltham Forest, at every stage of their careers, to send us ideas that they’d like to try out in front of our audience, at the Trades Hall, Walthamstow, as part of Liberty on Sunday 24 November.

Each scratch will last 15, 30 or 45 minutes and we’ll programme up to seven across the afternoon and evening.

We are inviting proposals for Liberty Scratch by Friday 8 November, 9am.

Find out what we're looking for and how to apply by downloading the PDF here



Making Places open call now live

Making Places is an ambitious £1m arts and culture programme aiming to revitalise the borough with public art and design projects that have a lasting impact on local communities and surrounding neighbourhoods. Launched in 2017 and managed in partnership with Create London, the first Making Places Open Call has already resulted in improvements to sites nominated by residents. Completed projects include an amphitheatre in Higham Hill Park, a pavilion in Ridgeway Park, a sculptural installation in Low Hall Woods and new gates for Highams Park, with more due for completion soon.

The second Making Places open call is now live, and invites talented artists, architects, designers, collectives and creative practitioners from anywhere in the UK to propose an idea for one or more of the nominated sites with an imaginative installation or intervention costing up to £40,000.

The chosen sites range from a traffic island in Leytonstone, an underpass in Larkswood, a housing estate in Chapel End and station bridges in Wood Street and Leyton. Ideas can include lighting installations, planting schemes, artworks, outdoor furniture and more but must engage the local community, have a lifespan of five years and be easy to maintain.

To view the completed projects and for full details on how to apply visit the Making Places website.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday 18 November at 12noon.