Carl Turner Architects (CTA) and The Collective give street artists the chance to become part of Pop Brixton and create a lasting impression on the three-year project.
The brief, which includes visualisations of the 20ft and 40ft containers, calls on artists from across London to sketch their ideas, drawing inspiration from Pop Brixton’s core values: community, sustainability, creativity and vibrancy. The twenty-one selected artists will have the chance to become part of the exciting and unique project, bringing their work to life on the outside of the ground floor containers.
Presented by CTA and its development partner, The Collective, the competition embodies everything Pop Brixton stands for. The finalists will be invited to realise their sketches on the containers over a weekend, giving the local community a chance to both witness the works of art come to life and meet the talent behind them.
Carl Turner at CTA, commented: “The whole point of Pop Brixton is to create a new type of urban space, one in which culture and creativity can flourish alongside employment and training. It’s about making a place rooted in the local community. This open call for artists will kick off this process and we hope encourage young and old to venture through our gates and enjoy the party; maybe even get inspired.”
James Scott at The Collective, commented: “We believe in empowering people to realise their dreams and ambitions, and competitions like these are a great way to discover new talent. It will give artists, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to showcase their work and also contribute to the local community. We’re looking forward to receiving imaginative and vibrant entries which will add to the character of Pop Brixton, making it truly one-of-a-kind.”
The visionary project, backed by Lambeth Council, will establish a hub of creative entrepreneurs based within a campus of up-cycled shipping containers. The converted units, which form a perimeter around a courtyard area, will provide much needed studio and workshop spaces at affordable prices.
Alongside, studio, workshop and retail accommodation, there will be space for live/work units, pop-up food facilities, bars with rooftop terraces and an entertainment area which will host a range of exciting events, from comedy nights to music and performance arts.
What makes Pop Brixton truly unique is its ethos. All tenants will give back to the project and the surrounding community. This may include supporting others through a skills exchange, offering employment and training opportunities for local residents, mentoring school kids, or sharing their own experiences in the form of free public talks.
If you’re an aspiring artist and would like to get involved, please contact: Alice McNaugher
Email: [email protected]
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