OPEN LAB BRIEF

OPEN LAB BRIEF

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 27.09.20

DO YOU HAVE A SUPER EXCITING, CREATIVE IDEA YOU’D LIKE TO TEST OUT ON THE HIGH STREET? OR PERHAPS LOCK DOWN GOT YOU THINKING ABOUT AMAZING ACTIVITIES THAT COULD BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER? MAYBE YOU’RE AN ORGANISATION THAT IS LOOKING TO SHARE YOUR SKILLS, EXPERTISE OR PERFORMANCES WITH A WIDER AUDIENCE? OR AN INDIVIDUAL THAT WANTS TO SHOWCASE YOUR TALENTS AND INSPIRE MORE PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED WITH A SPECIALISED CRAFT OR ACTIVITY?

OPEN LAB IS A BRAND NEW PROGRAMME FROM BASILDON CREATIVE PEOPLE AND PLACES, THAT SUPPORTS INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS IN BASILDON TOWN CENTRE.

WHETHER YOU ARE A BORN AND BRED BASILDONIAN, OR FROM FURTHER AFIELD, WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN HOSTING YOUR OWN A SIX WEEK POP-UP CULTURAL PROJECT IN THE HEART OF THE TOWN CENTRE.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE PROVIDED A VACANT UNIT IN BASILDON AS WELL AS A BUDGET BETWEEN £1000- £10,000 TO TURN YOUR IDEA INTO AN ALL SINGING, ALL DANCING FULLY FLEDGED POP-UP OF DREAMS.

FROM A POP-UP VR INSTALLATION, WHERE VISITORS CAN ENJOY A COCKTAIL WHILST TRAVELLING INTO SCINTILLATINGLY SCI-FI SURROUNDINGS, TO AN IMMERSIVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE WHERE LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE SUBMERGED INTO THE HEART OF 1920’S GLITZ AND GLAMOUR, NO IDEA IS TOO BIG, SMALL OR CREATIVE FOR CONSIDERATION 

WHY?

OPEN LAB HANDS OVER THE KEYS OF VACANT SHOPS TO CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS TO WEAVE THEIR MAGIC. LIKE SO MANY TOWNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BASILDON IS FIGHTING OFF THE EFFECTS OF SHOP CLOSURES ON 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 IS ONE OF SIX PROJECT STRANDS IDENTIFIED BY BASILDON CREATIVE PEOPLE & 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 & PLACES WILL REDEFINE WHAT CULTURE MEANS TO THE PEOPLE OF BASILDON, CELEBRATING AND VALUING ALL BASILDON PEOPLE AND CULTURES IN ALL THEIR GLORY. TOGETHER, WE WILL CREATE A PLACE THAT CHAMPIONS PEOPLE TO EMBRACE AND VALUE THEIR CREATIVITY INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY. A PLACE THAT BELIEVES THAT THERE IS NO “RIGHT” WAY TO GET CREATIVE. A CREATIVE PLACE WITH 185,000 CREATIVE PEOPLE. 

THE FIRST PHASE OF OPEN LAB IS SET TO RUN FROM 16TH NOVEMBER 2020 TO THE 3RD JANUARY 2021 AND WILL BE BASED IN BASILDON TOWN CENTRE.

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ONCE COMPLETED PLEASE EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION FORM TO THE PROGRAMME DIRECTOR CHRISTINE SANTA- ANA: CHRISTINE@CREATIVEBASILDON.CO.UK