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Open Lab: Call for Applications, BasildON Creative People and Places Programme

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  • Cassie Britton


Apply for a budget of up to £10,000 to animate a pop up space with arts based activities for the community!

Open Lab hands over the keys of vacant shops to creative individuals and organisations to weave their magic. Like so many across the country, Basildon is fighting off the effects of shop closures of the high street, which has been further accelerated by the recent covid pandemic. Using the town centre fabric as a creative canvas, Open Lab reimagines the purpose of existing town assets, to allow for a curated programme of ever-changing activity. Open Lab will run from April to May 2021 and will be based in Basildon town centre. 

Open Lab is one of six projects strands identified by BasildON Creative People and Places, designed to get more people in Basildon choosing, creating and participating in amazing cultural experiences that take place within the Borough. Funded by Arts Council England, BasildON Creative People and Places programme will redefine and celebrate culture. Together, we will create a place that champions people to embrace and value their creativity individually and collectivity. A place that believes that there is no ‘right way’ to get creative, a borough of 185,000 artists.

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Closing date: Friday 15th January 2021

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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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