An exciting community collaboration between artists and Westminster residents, funded by the #MyWestminsterFund, was launched at special event at the Institute of International Visual Arts this week.
The artist Shepherd Manyika worked with ETAT community charity (Encouragement Through Art and Talking) to produce an eight track EP of spoken word and rap tracks, combining inspiration from drill music to wartime classics. ETAT support isolated, vulnerable and lonely people of all ages and its members provided poetry and lyrics which were set to music by Shepherd Manyika.
For the second piece artist Aleesha Nandhra worked with the young people of the Caxton Youth Orchestra, a Westminster-based youth club specifically for those with disabilities, to create a zine themed around the statement ‘The world would be better if…’.
Both works will be added to the Stuart Hall Library collection, which has a collection of over 10,000 multi-media items including books, monographs, periodicals, slides, DVDs, CDs, film and video, photographs and sound recordings.
#MyWestminsterFund’s next round of funding is open until midday on 8th November 2019, with funds awarded in January 2020.
Cllr Iain Bott, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Sports, Culture and Community said: “MyWestminster Funding has brought together artists and residents together to create community art works that will live on in a national collection. To date the MyWestminsterFund has helped more than 60 local community organisations and is open to all voluntary, faith and community groups within Westminster – the deadline for the next round of funding is in November so we look forward to receiving your applications.”
All individual applications must be for under £10,000 and must benefit residents in a neighbourhood in Westminster. To be eligible for funding, the project must support one of these themes: community leadership, community cohesion and pride in your community, environment and greening or young people. All projects must finish by the end of July 2020 and a final decision on successful bids for funding will be decided a Member Board, chaired by Cllr Iain Bott.
Please visit: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/mywestminster-fund to find out more about how to apply.