Calling all artists in the five host boroughs for 2012

Bank of America CREATE Art Award 2010
Deadline for submissions: 5pm, 2 September 2009

Artists who live or work in the five host boroughs for the 2012 Games are invited to submit entries for the largest participatory art project in the UK.

The Bank of America CREATE Art Award is an annual award with the key criteria that artists deliver an innovative artwork that gives residents in Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest the chance to get involved with major arts projects.

Proposals from artists working in all media are welcomed and the final piece can be permanent or temporary. A £40,000 commission will be made in October.

Hackney Council leads on CREATE for the Five Host Boroughs. Speaking on behalf of the Host Borough Cultural Partnership Board, Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said:

“Art and culture thrives in the neighbourhoods across the Five Host Boroughs and this is our opportunity to get as many residents and local groups involved in creating a celebration of the arts for London’s Cultural Olympiad, over the three years up to 2012 and leaving a rich legacy for the arts in our neighbourhoods. I would encourage as many artists as possible living in the area to submit an entry for this unique project.”

The five host boroughs for London 2012 are home to the largest cultural quarter in Europe. Over 12,000 artists are based here alongside a growing number of leading creative companies and cultural institutions, iconic arts venues and an extraordinary range of communities.

To celebrate this, and to mark the Cultural Olympiad, the Bank of America CREATE Art Award was launched last year by the five host boroughs, in association with Arts Council England and the Whitechapel Gallery.

The aim is to develop the UK’s next major international arts festival – a legacy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games that will have a lasting impact on the cultural life of London and the UK.

Two artworks were commissioned for the CREATE Art Award 2009:
•Joshua Sofaer’s ‘Rooted in the Earth’ – a series of giant floral artworks, one in each of the five host boroughs, with the name of a local hero planted in flowers. Hundreds of nominations were received to find five individuals who deserved to be honoured in this special way.
•Station House Opera’s ‘Dominoes’ – a moving sculpture consisting of a domino run of breeze blocks winding its way through East and South East London.

Applications for the CREATE Art Award 2010 must be received by 5pm on 2 September 2009. For more details and an application form, contact: or visit:

Notes to editors

CREATE festival is an official part of the Cultural Olympiad and has been awarded the Inspire Brand. CREATE is always capitalized.

Bank of America is a major supporter of arts and heritage in the United States, and increasingly in Europe. The approach is built on a foundation that combines responsible business practices with good corporate citizenship. As a financial institution, Bank of America is accountable for serving its shareholders, customers, associates, and the communities it serves. The bank’s support of the arts and arts-related nonprofit organizations is an effective way to serve stakeholders, in the short term, by driving positive business results through support of local economies. Over the long term, this support helps fuel innovation that characterizes the bank’s heritage, drive the nation’s progress, and shape its future.

Through its unique programme, Bank of America shares exhibits from its corporate collection with the community through museum partners as part of its Arts in the Community programme. In addition, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides strategic philanthropic support to museums, theatres and other arts-related nonprofits to benefit underserved populations and increase access to the arts.