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New Croydon development project to hold art competition

A new competition has opened in Croydon, giving local artists the chance to display their work in a £25,000 art installation.

The installation will be displayed at the new Croydon urban logistics development The Works, built on the former gas storage facility.

Artists will have the opportunity to submit applications and proposals to a panel of judges from Chancerygate, SGN Place, and the London Borough of Croydon.

Chancerygate development director, Tom Faulkner said: “As we look to progress the scheme, we wanted to ensure we celebrate the site’s past, which contains more than 100 years of Croydon’s industrial heritage.

“This is why we are looking for local artists who can remind us of this history juxtaposed with our modern development which will serve as a key economic asset for the area.”

The Works Croydon Community Art Competition is aimed to reflect the site’s cultural heritage which housed gas holders since 1895.

Built by joint developers Chancerygate and SGN Place, the refined site will display the art installation on the side of one of the properties visible from the scheme’s Factory Lane entrance.

Applicants will need to submit an expression of interest, examples of previous work, and a 300-word statement or sketch of their proposal.

Selected applicants will then need to send a formal submission with an outline of their proposed design, including notes on manufacturing and estimated costs.

The project will cost £25,000 in total, including the cost of installation, and the artist’s fee, and shortlisted applicants will be given an honorarium of £500.

The Works is a 93,000-square-foot Grade A development project of 15 brand new industrial warehouse units opening on Factory Lane.

Green initiatives are a big part of the development as Chancerygate has employed environmentally friendly technologies.

Some of these initiatives include PV panels, low air permeability, electric vehicle charging points, and an EPC Rating of A.

Local artists will have the opportunity to create meaningful art that can relate to the cultural heritage of the Croydon site.

The artwork can be produced on or off the site but will be fixed to steel cladding on the side of the building.

Submissions need to be sent to Ada Ioannidis-Mann, marketing manager at Chancerygate via email at [email protected] by Monday, December 4, 2023.

Featured image credit: Dr Neil Clifton via Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 2.0 licence

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