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Artist call-out: make your art in Nine Elms

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Published on
February 14, 2022


Wandsworth Council wants your creative ideas for Nine Elms this year! 

If you live, work or study in Nine Elms and Battersea, submit an idea and it could be brought to life in 2022. 

All ideas are welcome, from visual arts to dance and anything in between, based on the theme: ‘movement and metamorphosis’. 

Whether you’re a budding artist or seasoned pro, we encourage artists with any level of experience to apply.

If you have an idea and would like to chat it through, the Nine Elms Arts and Events Manager Melanie will be at the ROSE Community Clubroom on Tuesday 1 March from 10am to 5pm. 

Submit your idea by Monday 7 March 2022. Scroll down to find out more and enter! 

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What we’re looking for 

  • Imaginative ideas in any form of art or creative media such as photography, dance, music, literature, visual arts, digital, crafts, you name it!  
  • It needs to be around the theme: ‘movement + metamorphosis‘ in Nine Elms. This means about all the change and transformation taking place in the area, it could be about the visible changes or hidden ones – you choose.
  • The idea must be connected to and delivered in the Nine Elms area.
  • You must be aged 18+ and live, work or study in Nine Elms and Battersea.
  • The maximum budget for a project is £3,000 including all fees and material expenses so think about how you would deliver it within this amount.
  • You must be willing to credit Wandsworth Council as funder of the project and participate in the promotion of the work.

Submit your idea 

To submit your amazing proposal, it needs to contain the following: 

  • A summary of your idea and how it will be shown. You can either it write down (maximum 250 words) or give an image statement (maximum 5 images), or make a short video (no longer than 2 minutes).
  • Outline a budget including all fees.
  • Attach a CV, portfolio, website, or recent work – this could even be an Instagram profile.

Send your idea in to us by midnight, Monday 7 March 2022 to

How the commissions will be selected 

Collectively, members of the community at the ROSE Community Clubroom ‘movement + metamorphosis’ event on Friday 25 March will have conversations about each project and see if it fits the criteria to be a Nine Elms arts commission. 

The criteria will be judged on the four following principles:

  • Does the idea have artistic merit/is it of high quality? 
  • Is the idea relevant and does it reflect the diverse communities of Nine Elms – from the people making the work, to the people participating and audiences watching?
  • Will the work reach people in Nine Elms, and will it allow for new voices to be heard?
  • Does it deliver good value for money? 

If you have any access requirements or questions, please email 

Join the conversation 

Be a part of the decision-making process at the ‘movement + metamorphosis’ event at the ROSE Community Clubroom on Friday 25 March, where you can hear all the creative ideas and have great conversations about each project with the community. Register your place to attend.

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