Bold Tendencies Summer 2013
Bold Tendencies Summer 2013
A radical arts organisation commissioning new artworks and performances for an annual exhibition in Peckham, London.
A radical arts organisation commissioning new artworks and performances for an annual exhibition in Peckham, London. Read more
Once upon a time, in a small corner of London, there was a car park. A high rise multi-storey. Unloved and unused, the top floors lay abandoned. Then one day along came a group of young creatives leading a colony of artists who were looking for somewhere to create and exhibit giant sculptures. They fell in love with the car park's scale, its brutal architecture and its fair views over the city, and so made it their home. They invited people to see their giant sculptures, and they came in great numbers. In fact so many of them came that the young creatives thought they should do it again. And so they did. This time, they invited a young refreshment entrepreneur to build a watering hole alongside it, to give nourishment and comfort to those who came to see the giant sculptures. And so grew the legend of this great space, these young creatives and their tendency to be rather bold...
For 6 years Bold Tendencies has been commissioning new works by international artists at pivotal stages in their careers. Over the years we have added to the model, partnering with other organisations and artists on live events, workshops and community activities. We have also improved the car park facilities, working with young architects to create spaces and environments without losing the brutal charm that drew us to the site in the first place.
And now, looking forward to our 7th summer we are shaking ourselves up once again. We have thrown aside the notion of 'sculpture', 'events' and 'education' as separate programmes of work, and instead are simply commissioning amazing artworks of all disciplines that will fill our car park with extraordinary people, artists and public alike, doing extraordinary things. So your generous support will go towards creating more sculptures, building environments and installations, producing concerts, dance performances, delivering creative workshops and above all facilitating people from all walks of life to experience unique happenings. And of course, our car park always needs lots of tlc to get it ready for the summer. Your donations will help us tidy it, make it safe and welcoming for the public. We're well on the way to making this project a reality, but need all the support we can to finish the job!
Last year we became a Community Interest Company which means we exist as an organisation to serve our community, both artistic and local and we are very much a product of, and proud advocates for, Peckham. We bring tens of thousands of visitors to the area every summer, and we are constantly seeking ways to create links and give access across our communities. From training programmes for young people and students, to workshops and talks for all, to opportunities for all sorts of partners to use our space and participate in the arts, we are in the business of working with and for as many people as we can.
If you are lucky enough to live in Peckham, as many of us are, we hope you'll come and see us regularly over the summer and make the most of being an important part of Bold Tendencies. If you live further afield, do make the trip, we'd love to welcome you to our car park and show you what incredible things you have helped us to build.
Risks and challenges
This project is a massive undertaking and takes lots of hard work and support from our local community, logistical partners and artists to make it happen. We've achieved great things over the past 6 years of running this project and are confident we can do it bigger and better than ever before.
But we are still a young organisation as far as the arts are concerned and we are a small team operating on limited resources. The biggest challenge we face is a tight budget. This is off set with bags of passion, ingenuity and hard work! Even the traditional British weather can't stop us, our open air roof top is well stocked with umbrellas... while we stay cosy in the auditorium!
Between now and the end of this campaign, we're putting the finishing touches to the programme and building work so that we can open to the public on 30th June. That's when the real hard work begins! Throughout the summer we will have to maintain the site, install temporary artworks, look after thousands of visitors and facilitating workshops and participatory activities for all ages, not to mention producing a full schedule of live performances each week.
So there's a lot to do but we are confident we have what it takes to get there. Most important is to know we have lots of people out there willing us on! Back us and we'll add you to our mailing list to let you know how we're doing and what you've allowed us to achieve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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