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Illusionarium 2021! Up to Gbp 3,000 per artwork available, The NO Collective

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Illusionarium, the Havering festival of illusion and light will return for 2021 and there are commissions of up to £3,000 available to support you in creating and displaying your artwork as part of our Romford town sculpture trail.

The theme for 2021 is ‘Winter Garden’ and we are looking for individuals / community groups & businesses to have their work displayed to thousands of members of the public between January and February 2021. The festival is being supported by a multitude of different commercial and public partners to ensure our situational resilience and that local people can experience and engage in incredible happenings and artworks no matter the situation of covid-19 in the new year!

Funded by the Romford BID, Havering Changing (an ACE CPP programme) and The Mercury Shopping Centre, this borough wide festival will be led by local people and the community. We will work with town Steering Group members and local business owners to ensure they are at the heart of decision making and involved actively in the festival. This is important because we want the Illusionarium to be for the whole community so we can all celebrate together.

We have already commissioned three co-creation projects, instructed a family engagement programme, began a student artwork project, partnered with a public sensory garden to create an actual 'Winter Garden' and will also be displaying three commissioned artworks from Illusionarium 2020.

We now need creatives to join our festival family with some spectacular sculptures!

Support for artists in the successful installation and marketing of their work will be available to all successful applicants.

Commissions available: 

1 x £3,000

3 x £2,000

2 x £1,000

We will also be commissioning one practitioner to run a community initiative called 'The Window Project' which aims to unite as many businesses in Romford Town and residents across Havering in joining in with the festival as possible.

Deadline for all commission applications:  30 November 2020 

Download application pack, and find out more about the trail at:

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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