Thamesmead Open has refined their open call (for a budget of £200,000) in response to the Covid-19 Crisis:

We are broadening the brief to welcome proposals that explore how we might engage with communities online or in a virtual capacity, or propose how we might create virtual cultural experiences for large audiences.

We still welcome proposals that have a physical outcome, such as structures, objects or activities that require the gathering of large groups of people. However, given that we do not know when this will be permitted again in the UK, it is useful to propose how a project could start with an online presence or process. It may also be interesting to reflect on how cultural experiences may need to change in response to this situation in the future.

All other elements of the brief remain the same.

We are extending the first deadline for initial proposals from 20 April to 12 noon BST 18 May to allow time to reflect on the expanded brief.

And briefly about the brief:

The brief is open. Proposals can be for any location in Thamesmead, providing logistics can be met. The project can last for any period of time, and it is encouraged for the work to last long enough for wide ranging audiences/participants to engage with it. The proposal should be specific to Thamesmead, and inspired by it. It should reflect the change that is coming, and speak to the future residents that will make Thamesmead their home, while remaining relevant to its existing communities.

Given the current world pandemic of COVID-19 it is encouraged for proposals to think about how we might engage with communities in innovative and responsive ways, including online, and consider new remote methods to create meaningful and socially-valuable cultural experiences.

Q&As and Virtual Tours of Thamesmead:
In place of the physical tours and Q&As in Thamesmead, we will be hosting three online briefings and Q&A sessions via Google Hangouts on the following dates:

1st April, 17th April and 1st May all at 10am

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