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Competition: An idea for a future London

Museum of London
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The Museum of London has launched an open call for a £27,000 installation exploring the future of London and cities around the world

Open to artists, designers, architects, planners, creative technologists, filmmakers, writers or social entrepreneurs, the contest seeks proposals for a temporary installation to be hosted within the museum’s city gallery in spring next year.

The project is part of the museum’s year-long City Now Future City season running from May till April 2018. Featuring exhibitions, design commissions, talks and debates, the programme will explore progressive urban initiatives from around the world and the changing lives of Londoners today.

The museum says: ‘The brief is to research and deliver a new project for the City Now City Future season in spring 2018 which engages with a community or range of communities in London and which will propose and test out methodologies for urban change.

‘We want ideas to be pragmatic and practice-led as well as propositional and speculative, to act as a “toolkit” for change, creating new approaches for Londoners to engage and respond to their city.’

The Museum of London covers the UK capital’s history from prehistoric to modern times, and is located inside a Powell & Moya-designed complex next to the Barbican. It is set to move to a competition-winning home by Stanton Williams and Asif Khan in West Smithfield in 2020.

The current site is set to become a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra, with an architectural competition expected to be launched imminently.

Proposals for the £27,000 installation must explore a creative idea for urban change and may feature either an exhibition, active space, club, screening room, events programme or something else entirely.

Submissions should include a 1,500-word artistic statement alongside a CV and biography. Shortlisted teams will receive £250 each to attend interviews next month. Judges include Finn Williams from the Greater London Authority and the artist and poet Heather Phillipson.

The winning scheme, set to be announced in June, will be exhibited inside the city gallery on the ground floor of the museum next to the Sackler Hall between February and April 2018.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 12 May.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: opencall@museumoflondon.org.uk

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