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Calling all creatives – we want to hear from you

Sculptors, designers and other creatives are being encouraged to pitch their ideas for funding opportunities following the launch of the Acton and Park Royal Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ).

The council, in partnership with Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), are now calling for ideas for the CEZ and will be providing more than £100,000 of funding for the best concepts that support the creative industry.

Ideas should respond to one of the following four challenges:
• Creating space
• Developing skills
• Promoting ‘place’
• A CEZ network platform.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, the council’s cabinet member for decent living incomes, said: “We are lucky to have a great amount of talent in the borough and I was blown away by some of the creations we saw at the CEZ launch last month. We are looking to nurture this talent and give locals more opportunities by offering this funding in partnership with the OPDC.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to share ideas, grow a business and deliver new jobs.”

Funding can be used to support a completely new idea or an expansion of an existing project. All the details you need to know are within the CEZ Open Call Prospectus, and ideas should be submitted using the simple online form.

Applications are now open and will close on Friday, 18 November at 5pm.

If you are interested in submitting an application or want to find out more, the CEZ team will be hosting a networking event later this month. This is a chance for you to meet the team as well as other applicants and ask any questions. To get updates, email info@opdc.london.gov.uk

Local artist and designer, Yinka Ilori, added: “Park Royal is a unique and vibrant hub where young artists and creatives can express themselves and flourish. The area’s new Creative Enterprise Zone status will enable the next generation of talent in west London to start a career in the creative industries, making art and design available for all, by providing training opportunities and essential funding to see new practices grow.”

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