Leader of Croydon Council, Tony Newman, said:
“This is fantastic news – this award is for all of Croydon and everyone who has worked so hard in our bid. From Stormzy to our very own Shaniqua Benjamin, Croydon is the home of talent, with a rich music heritage as the birthplace of punk, grime and more, and we have an exciting future ahead. We are going to make 2023 a celebration of our town’s wonderful diversity and repay the Mayor’s belief in us. This is Croydon – and we are incredibly proud.”
We couldn't have put it better ourselves! The funding will help Croydon celebrate the borough’s rich artistic heritage, creativity and diversity, and its strength and resilience as a town that always looks to the future. It's going to be built on the fantastic foundation Croydon already has for promoting inclusivity and ensuring no community is left behind.
We can't wait to see how that unfolds, watch this space!
Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for his striking architectural sculptures and large-scale installation pieces. Influenced by landcapes, light and weather, he brings these elemental forces inside to create a theatrical display of refracted light, movement and contrasting shadow, even using liquids and fog to surprise and displace your conviction of spatial awareness. As intriguing as they are beautiful, his creations infuse an atmosphere of calm. Groups of people wander slowly and take time to sit on the floor around intallations, taking in the scale and trying out new perspecives. Schoolchildren lay gazing upward at the mirrored ceiling admiring the mirage so carefully built to offer a slice of another reality. We so enjoyed it we walked around twice. I felt most what a world of possibility could await if only this kind of work were more infused into our working and living spaces. And perhaps the power of shared experience in structures designed purely to ignite curiosity.