Arts Council England and UK Community Foundations have today announced £738,004 for 87 voluntary and community organizations across London to put creativity at the heart of their celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.
The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities across England have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. From puppetry and storytelling to crown making, carnival and art trails, there will be a huge range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in.
Made possible by National Lottery players and managed by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support a variety of projects across England. 44 community foundations have awarded grants across the country, including:
£10,000 for the Enfield Society
The Enfield Society will create and install a permanent mosaic to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee on Platform 2 of Gordon Hill Railway Station. Patients at a local infirmary will work with a mosaic artist to redesign the platform, which will be unveiled as part of a memorable community celebration that will include poetry screenings, a photo exhibition and a film night.
£10,000 for Art in the Park and People’s Company
Art in the Park will work with People’s Company to explore how Burgess Park in south-east London has changed since the Queen ascended the throne – all through the ‘eyes’ of the park’s seven trees. A series of visual arts and theater workshops with the local community, each inspired by a decade since the Queen’s reign, form the basis of an exciting ‘Jubilee History Trail’ through the park.
£10,000 for Cricklewood Improvement Program/Town Team
Cricklewood Improvement Program / Town Team will host Royally Cricklewood, a street festival bringing the local community together to enjoy dazzling dance performances, creative children’s workshops and other spectacular performances. Royally Cricklewood takes place on June 4, 2022.
£9,960 for Community Brain
The Community Brain will be collaborating with Creative Youth to curate an exciting community art exhibition – Mapping Communities – exploring how the Commonwealth has shaped the local community in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. It will culminate with a large textile artwork, a creative film documenting people’s migratory stories, and community artworks shedding light on local residents’ stories.
£4,180 for the Upper Norwood Association for Community Care
The Upper Norwood Association for Community Care will be working with the Crystal Palace International Film Festival to create a film based on older locals’ memories of the Queen’s coronation, the jubilee celebrations that followed and the changes in the world during that time. In addition, the funding supports a community celebration event on May 31 – including an intergenerational art exhibition.
Tonya Nelson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a fantastic opportunity for people across London to come together to celebrate – especially after two years apart. And thanks to National Lottery players, we’re thrilled that creativity can be at the heart of these celebrations.
“From an artistic transformation of a train platform in Enfield to community theater workshops in Camberwell’s Burgess Park, there is so much on offer this June to stimulate insightful conversation, laughter and opportunities for Londoners to tell their own stories and reminisce revel.”
Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our commitment to giving everyone the opportunity to participate and experience arts, culture and creativity – made possible by the players of the National lottery This June, communities across England will come together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I look forward to seeing these projects come to life in villages and towns across the country as our wonderfully creative communities celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”
Rosemary Macdonald, CEO of UK Community Foundations, said: “Community Foundations put people and places first and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a unique opportunity for people to come together and celebrate in their communities. We are proud to have connected Arts Council England with local organizations whose imaginative and exciting projects and collaborations with professional artists will bring communities together to celebrate this milestone in our history.”
Charlotte Levy, Director of The Community Brain, said: “As preparations for the celebrations unfold across the country, we want to position the Platinum Jubilee as a moment for reflection and creative exploration of how the Commonwealth is shaping the community in Kingston Upon Thames Has . We look forward to working with local people and organizations, including the charity Creative Youth, to showcase stories from our community through collaborative art projects, culminating with an exhibition in June to document and celebrate Kingston’s diversity. Many thanks to the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund and the London Community Foundation for making this possible.”