Arts and culture Islington

London Borough of Culture

Create a difference – Open Call for Creative Ideas

Islington Council is bidding to be the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019 and to deliver a year of transformational cultural activity.  Our vision is to make Islington a borough where everyone can develop, share and value their creative talent.  

We want to strengthen the role that culture can play in improving educational and employment opportunities that in turn reduce inequality. We also want to improve access to the amazing cultural offer available on our doorstep. 

So if you have an idea about how we could best use culture to make Islington a fairer place to live in, work and grow up, please get in touch. It doesn’t matter how big or small your idea is or whether you are a resident, artist, community organisation or arts venue.  Everyone is welcome to put forward ideas and we can help you apply for the support you would need to make them happen. You can read about – and be inspired by - other Islington residents who are already creating a difference on our Islington Life website

If you have a good idea, now is the time to tell us

As well as helping us to win, we hope that the bidding process will help us to unearth hidden talent, nurture ambitions and form partnerships that reduce inequality in the borough.

We will use the strongest ideas that you submit to shape Islington’s London Borough of Culture bid. With your permission we will also link-up artists, groups and organisations with shared ambitions.  

We are committed to supporting the development of creative activity that tackles inequalities in the borough and unleashes Islington’s creative potential.  Although we can’t promise to realise every idea, we will take some of them forward – regardless of whether we win the title or not. So you have everything to gain by getting in touch now!

Next steps

Please note that proposals are no longer being accepted.   We would like to thank organisations and residents for taking the time to support Islington’s bid to become London Borough of Culture 2019.  We received a very large number of strong and innovative submissions which really captured the spirit of the bid.

The bid will be submitted 1 December and we will let everyone know when we hear the result at end Feb 2018.

Islington Council announces its bid to be the London Borough of Culture.


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