Do you have creative ideas for vacant commercial space? How could such a space - be it an apartment block, the floor of an office building, empty land or a retail space - be more creatively utilised to provide a more vital inner-city?
Here’s a chance for artists to have their say. Letting Space is calling for submissions from artists for their second Urban Dream Brokerage, funded by Wellington City Council as part of their Toward 2040: Smart Green Wellington strategy. Send us a summary of your idea and we’ll choose three of the best to be presented in a live pitching session in Wellington on Friday 29 July. Inspired by the format of reality television's Dragons Den artists pitch to property owners and developers, but then, in a twist, property owners pitch to a panel of artists.
Pitches are required by Friday 15 July. Your written pitch should be snappy (under 200 words). It may relate to a specific site in the city, or be an idea for the city in the future. It may suggest new models of exchange or propose alternative systems of value. Drawings and images are welcomed. Please submit to email@example.com
We welcome pitches from artists from outside Wellington (if you are selected you will need to make your own way to Wellington for the event). We are also happy to receive proposals from artists who have pitched previously.
The Brokerage is part of Letting Space, a major art and property project featuring a series of art projects and discussions. While our current project, on until July 10 - Pioneer-city.com by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith (www.lettingspace.org.nz/bronwyn-holloway-smith) - was originally pitched as part of Urban Dream Brokerage last year we are currently not in a position to commission new projects. This is primarily a forum to offer alternative ideas for the city's future, which may or may not be realised but will generate new thinking.
At the last UDB in May 2010 we had to turn people away as a packed house at City Gallery watched dragons become petitioners, and property managers and artists alike impress the crowd with visions of art inside elevators and boatsheds, a new age therapy stronghold and gargantuan lightshows.
Letting Space and Wellington City Council share an interest in how artists can contribute to creating a more dynamic future city, and we ask all potential pitchers to consider the Toward 2040 strategy as part of their thinking (see link below). Toward 2040 details what WCC think Wellington needs to do as a city to make sure it continues to thrive in a rapidly changing local and global environment.
We can’t promise you’ll get to realise your dreams, but we’d like to reveal to the city the best creative ideas for the use of unemployed spaces.
Some Handy Links
- Further information on the Toward 2040: A Smart Green Wellington strategy can be found at: www.wellington.govt.nz/projects/new/wellington2040.html
- To see a range of 10 written pitches made to the 2010 Urban Dream Brokerage go here
- To see images and read an account of last year's event go here
- A panelists experience (Jeremy Diggle, former head of art at Massey University) of the event can also be read on our blog here
- Extensive information on the seven art projects Letting Space produced in 2010-11 can be found here.
- Other projects that occurred born originally from Urban Dream Brokerage pitches in the Wellington CBD 2010 include: Sian Torrington's Inhabitance - Go to allmeaningisthelineyoudraw.wordpress.com And Brydee Rood's The Value Waste procession - Go to: brydeerood.blogspot.com/2011/01/value-waste-procession.html
All enquiries welcomed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Image above: from Kim Paton pitch, Urban Dream Brokerage 2010