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.
SOCIAL SHARE - Everyone who donates will have their name posted on the thank you page on our website but if you're a social media bunny this one is for you: we'll tweet you a personal thank you message and send a photo from the roof!
POSTCARD FROM PECKHAM - We've asked our friends, artists, community supporters and advocates to create unique postcard thank yous. Join the ranks at £20 and you will receive a randomly selected commissioned postcard with original artwork. Maybe yours will be by a famous artist, or by a young person from one of our projects. Either way these are unique gifts from our family to yours.
PACKAGE FROM PECKHAM - For your incredible generosity, we send you a highly collectable, limited edition, numbered parcel of Bold Tendencies' prized Remnants. Maybe you'll receive a small particle of sculptural history. Maybe you'll be rewarded with a vial of sweat from an artistic brow. All items hand selected by our Directors and accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity, sealed with a kiss. Bold Tendencies takes no responsibility for their Directors' selections.
ART LOVER - Our good friends at Art Review Magazine give you a free subscription for one whole year to their fantastic publication including exclusive subscribers content. AND one of our exclusive unique postcard thank yous from a friends as per the £20 reward. PLUS come and visit Bold Tendencies and we will arrange a private tour of the exhibition for you and your friends with our curatorial staff to answer all your burning questions!
CREATIVE SPACE - We give you half a day of access to the spaces of Bold Tendencies to shoot or rehearse your own film, photography or performance using our incredible car park site with its unrivaled backdrop of the view across London. Conditions apply, we cannot host events or performances, nor exhibit artwork as part of this reward, but we give you the space to create your project. We will also post your links to the work on our social media.
SECRET SUPPER - Bold Tendencies would be honored to welcome you and your guest to a private 3 course supper and drinks at Franks Cafe, hosted by a mystery celebrated friend of Bold Tendencies. Inclusive of a private tour with the Directors and Head of Programme, this intimate dinner for no more than 20 guests, will be one for the record books. Our secret host to be announced, clues to be posted on twitter. As our highest level individual backer you will also get a private line to the BT team for VIP personal ticketing and visitor services across the summer.