Hackney artists encouraged to take part in pioneering art award

Hackney council is encouraging all artists who live or work in the borough to submit entries for the CREATE Art Award, an award designed to recognise the UK’s most progressive and creative artists.

The deadline for entries for this year’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award 2011 is 14 January 2011.

Proposals from artists working in all media are welcomed, the final piece must be participatory and can be permanent or temporary. The winning artist will be awarded £40,000 to help make their art submissions become a reality.

The annual Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award helps artists living or working within the London 2012 host boroughs to deliver brand new public art commissions as part of the CREATE festival. The CREATE festival is an annual summer festival which celebrates arts and culture in the six host boroughs for the 2012 Games.

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: “The CREATE Art Award recognises and promotes the great creative talent that is flourishing across the host Borough’s in east and south east London. This is a great opportunity for artists in our borough to submit their ideas into what is fast becoming the only award for the arts in the UK that truly recognises the powerful link between great expression and participation.”

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award is now in its fourth year, it was launched by the host Boroughs in 2008 in association with Arts Council England and the Whitechapel Gallery. It allows artists to deliver innovative artwork that gives residents in Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Barking and Dagenham the chance to get involved with major arts projects.

Last year’s winner of the award was Hackney artist Robin Turner with his art project, ROAM, a converted library van which gave people in the host boroughs the chance to enjoy writing workshops, nature photography, local history talks and music performances.

Applications for the CREATE Art Award 2011 must be received by 5pm on 14 January and will only be accepted from artists who live within the six host boroughs. For more details and an application form, contact: or visit: