7 October 2011
The Bromley by Bow Centre has received a grant of £15,000 from the City of London Corporation to take part in the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Show this year. On Saturday 12 November, the 684th Lord Mayor of London will follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and embark on a procession from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice via St Paul’s Cathedral, and this year, Arteast are creating one of the leading floats.
The Centre’s contribution to this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show parade will be a ‘ghost ship’ themed float, called the HMS London. The team is constructing a decorative ship-wreck which will carry sea and river creatures with glowing eyes and sparkling scales, pirates, and all kinds of real and imaginary life. On-board and on foot will be musicians, traditional and modern, and colourful, costumed characters from London’s history.
The float is being made by the Bromley by Bow Centre’s “Arteast” group, which works with men and women with learning disabilities, to create high-quality, arts-based products through commercial commissions. The group’s work has been exhibited in Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf and the National Portrait Gallery. For the float, Arteast is partnering with local organisations the Bubble Club and Phoenix School.
Jane Lack, associate artist, Arteast, said: “I am looking forward to the show. I’m excited about being on TV. I loved drawing pictures for the float and making the octopus. I’m looking forward to my family seeing me at the event.”
Rob Trimble, Chief Executive, Bromley by Bow Centre, said: “It’s fantastic that the City of London Corporation is giving local communities the chance to be part of the parade. Arteast’s work is hugely creative – it’s always surprising the ideas the members have. I’m really pleased that the Bromley by Bow Centre’s involved and am looking forward to seeing our float. I really hope local people will come to the City of London and support the group and cheer their hard work on November 12th.”