14.08.09 Ben Long 'Brass Bandstand' shortlisted for Artists Taking the Lead commission

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Ben Long 'Brass Bandstand'

Man&Eve is delighted to announce that Ben Long ‘Brass Bandstand’ has been shortlisted for the Artists Taking the Lead commission in the North West of England.

Artists Taking the Lead is one of the major projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is being developed by Arts Council England in partnership with London 2012 and the arts councils of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Twelve commissions of up to 500,000 GBP will be awarded to create 12 new works of art across the country; one in each of the nine English regions, and in the nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Lancaster born Ben Long proposes to rework the archetypal bandstand by constructing it entirely from highly burnished brass, creating a monument to this iconic and municipal British structure that was once at the heart of civic life. Brass Bandstand will be a fully usable piece of architecture as well as a monumental sculptural object, staging live music and performances to audiences which will inspire people to actively participate in cultural celebration.

Man&Eve will also present a solo exhibition by Ben Long as part of The Manchester Contemporary, 24-27 September 2009, Level 3, Urbis, Manchester. This exhibition will provide an overview of Ben Long’s work to date including ‘The Great Travelling Art Exhibition’, ‘Scaffolding Sculptures’ and ‘Brass Bandstand’. At this event, information will be released about a new collection of 12 unique brass bandstand models available exclusively through Man&Eve. Long has selected some of the most iconic Victorian bandstands around the UK to recreate in miniature, and these will be exhibited as a group in the run up to 2012.

About Artists Taking the Lead

The project was launched in March 2009 with a call to artists to submit their big ideas in just 400 words. Over 2,000 artists applied, spanning a huge range of artforms and incorporating some spectacular ideas. The submissions were judged by panels of artists and producers in each of the nations and regions, to decide the shortlist of 59 proposals, with between 3 and 5 shortlisted commissions in each nation or region.

Shortlisted artists will each receive a small development grant to work their idea into a full proposal over the summer. The shortlisted artists will return to present the developed idea to the panels in late September and the commissioned artists will be announced in October. The successful commissions will be developed across 2010 and 2011, and all 12 will take part in a final unifying celebration before the opening of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For more information visit: www.artiststakingthelead.