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Artists taking the lead for a £500K Olympic commission

Five projects have been shortlisted for one £500,000 commission in the East Midlands for Artists Taking The Lead, a significant national art commission in the UK, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad (that’s the cultural bit of the London Olympics).

Three of the proposed projects will take place in Notts:

Michael Pinchbeck will invite the public to sit on 2012 benches (spread across the East Midlands) at exactly the same time every day – 12 o’clock midday for 20 minutes, for one year.


Hetain Patel proposes a series of large scale performances that will launch an interactive multimedia installation in public spaces throughout Nottingham.  Using technology that will incorporate live heartbeats within performance, participants will be invited to transmit their heartbeats live via the web.


Shauna Richardson proposes to create a giant glass taxidermy case housing a group of three athletically posed 30ft hand-crocheted lions. The installation, in a rural part of Nottinghamshire, will blur the boundaries between craft and art and will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Nottinghamshire. The public will be able to enter this unique and exciting structure.

The winner will be announced on Oct 22, and the East Midlands will have one work commissioned from the shortlist.  Find out more on the Artists Taking The Lead website.

What do you think of the shortlist?  Are we submitting the same quality of ideas and participatory works as other regions?  Do we have a worthy contender for the £500K (a significant part of the regional arts budget) commission?  Or indeed is the project going to benefit audiences and artists in the region? Add your views in the comments

Images from Artists Taking The Lead