Enfield Launches London Borough of Culture Bid

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Oct. 24, 2017, 5 p.m.

Enfield bids to become London’s Borough of Culture

  • Bid will be launched at art exhibition by acclaimed artist Patrick Samuel on 7 November
  • Enfield’s bid aims to show how art and culture can transform lives
  • Enfield Council’s bid will showcase the borough’s cultural initiatives, vision and hidden gems

Enfield’s bid to be crowned as London’s first Borough of Culture will be launched at an exhibition by acclaimed artist Patrick Samuel on 7 November.

Enfield Council is seeking the accolade after the competition was introduced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in June.

It will see the capital's 32 boroughs bid for more than £1m of funding to stage a programme of cultural events and initiatives and will be supported by a grant of £300,000 from City Bridge Trust, part of the City of London Corporation.

Enfield Council’s bid will be launched at the Dugdale Centre and will focus on how art and culture in the borough has the power to change residents’ lives for the better and helps us to tell the story of their lives and experiences.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, Arts & Culture, Cllr Yasemin Brett, said: “Enfield is fiercely supportive of the arts and culture and positively celebrates the diversity of its community and the transformational effects wholeheartedly embracing new cultures can have on an area.

“Enfield is blessed with a vast array of theatre, music venues and cultural assets which are much loved and popular both within the borough and further afield and the borough itself is a vibrant melting pot of different cultures, races and religions which give the borough a vibrant, colourful and generous spirit of togetherness and community.

“I can’t think of a better example of how Enfield views the transformative power of Culture and the Arts than the exhibition Escape and Return by Patrick Samuel.”

The London Borough of Culture award is part of the mayor's plans to support the arts in London.

Two boroughs will be crowned winners in February, taking the title of London Borough of Culture for 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Enfield Council is working with Up Projects to help them shape and mould their bid and would like to encourage the whole community to back the bid by using the hashtags #MyLocalCulture and #CultureInEnfield in all their social media posts.


The London Borough of Culture is a huge celebration of culture across the capital that was kick-started by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The major new London Borough of Culture Award will see the capital’s 32 boroughs bid for more than £1million of funding to stage a programme of world-class cultural events and initiatives, and to develop a plan to make culture an integral part of the boroughs’ future1. The competition will also be supported by a grant of £300,000 from City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder. The City Corporation will also explore how its cultural assets, expertise, and services can support the competition and the winning boroughs.

Boroughs across the capital will begin to develop their bids to be awarded this major local funding for culture. In February 2018, two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, with one taking up the title in 2019 and the other in 2020.

Inspired by the UK City and European Capital of Culture programmes, the aims to strengthen London’s reputation as an international powerhouse for culture, by highlighting the hidden cultural gems across the capital.

The winning boroughs will be chosen based on their artistic vision and ambition to deliver outstanding cultural initiatives in their local area, putting communities at the centre of the programme’s design and delivery. The top bids will not only be expected to shine a spotlight on existing cultural treasures, but to bring new cultural opportunities to the area, encouraging their own residents to get involved as well as Londoners from across the capital, and visitors from further afield - this might include festivals, exhibitions, pop ups, and other arts activities.

In addition, £600,000 is available for to up to six boroughs which don’t win the title, but which put forward exemplary projects2.

Another major element of the competition will focus on how the award can bring real change to the winning borough, delivering a lasting legacy for the area. Boroughs will be encouraged to consider how arts and culture can help them deliver their local plans, for example through training and skills development as well as regeneration projects.

Only a third of Londoners feel that they make the most of the culture on their doorstep. From the outset of his Mayoralty, Sadiq Khan has pledged to make growing the capital’s cultural industry a core priority, and today’s launch sees him delivering on a key manifesto commitment to ensure the capital’s cultural riches are celebrated through the entire city and accessible to as many Londoners as possible.

Up Projects

UP Projects curates and commissions contemporary art for public places. The organisation was founded in 2002 by Emma Underhill, with a mission to support artists to make work that has social relevance, encourages learning and enriches the public sphere.

Up Projects believe in working collaboratively with artists, communities and partners to create extraordinary projects across the UK that respond to heritage, identity and place, bringing people together, stimulating debate, and supporting social change.

Our work has been enjoyed by millions of people, including ambitious public commissions, imaginative cultural strategies, artist-led events, educational workshops and community engagement initiatives. We strive to be relevant to the places we work in, whether towns and cities across the country, the UK’s river and canal network, parks and green spaces, new urban developments or areas of regeneration.

Up Projects are a charity based in London, working across the UK and beyond. Combining an expert team of strategic thinkers, curators, educators and project managers, we have a 15 year track record of working across the private and cultural sectors, with expertise in contemporary visual art, performing arts, architecture and urban design.

Our work is underpinned by our core values:

INNOVATION: We encourage experimentation, challenge convention and test new ideas.

LEARNING: Education and learning is integral to all that we do.

OPENNESS: We are collaborative, and aim to make our work as accessible as possible.

RELEVANCE: We create work that has relevance to contemporary life and the diversity of the UK today.

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel is an artist with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Having returned to art after a 20-year break, Patrick picked up pencils, brushes and pastels again when he started his daily art therapy in December 2016.

Since then, he has produced an extensive portfolio in a wide range of genres and media. Being on the autistic spectrum, Patrick is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark.

His work and his story have been recognised in local media, and featured in Your Autism Magazine, published by the National Autistic Society, as well as on BBC Breakfast and BBC News online.

After exhibiting at various art fairs and group exhibitions since June 2017, Patrick is now preparing for two solo exhibitions in November and December 2017.

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