Month: October 2017


We’re listening

By Sandra Bruce-Gordon, #backthebexleybid team

Colourful image of masks

Masks by Segun Oratokhai

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since the public launch of our bid.  Not only have we been analysing all the comments that came in, but we’ve also looked at all the information that was given to us by participants at our partner and stakeholder workshops.

The London Borough of Culture is all about people and places. The winning boroughs will be chosen based on their artistic vision and ambition to deliver outstanding cultural initiatives in their local area, putting communities at the centre of their programme design and delivery.

Your support is helping us to shape our bid. We want to ensure that it is truly representative of your ambitions for culture in the future, while celebrating what Bexley already has and building upon it to give you the outcomes you want.

I’ve been talking to our community culture ‘champions’. I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to those who have offered help to embed the community vision into our bid, not only by providing information but committing to taking part in this exciting journey and working in partnership to regenerate the borough through culture.

Thanks also to Centrepieces and Christie who led a special workshop ‘Naming on stones’ – part of the Never Forget sculpture – at our public launch. This involved putting the names of all the local veterans who died in World War 1 onto stones, which will form part of the Centrepieces’ Art in Hall Gardens sculpture to be installed in November.

It was fantastic and I hope it helped raised awareness of the charity’s work, which is captured on its website.

We look forward to working in partnership with Centrepieces and supporting them in their development.


Bexley’s bid for London Borough of Culture launched!

Hall Place was buzzing on Sunday 1 October with visitors young and old keen to show their support for Bexley’s bid to become London Borough of Culture.

Music from Bird College, stilt walkers, juggling skills, free face painting, a giant colourful 3D piece of pavement art and much more, marked the launch of the bid that puts Bexley in the running for more than £1 million for local creative projects and programmes – which would make a huge difference to people locally, as well as putting the borough in the national and international cultural spotlight.

You can view a short video filmed at the launch produced by Update News here.

Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said; “I would like to thank everyone that came along to find out more about our bid. I was overwhelmed by the feeling of public support for Bexley to become the London Borough of Culture.

“I spoke to lots of people throughout the day about the bid and had nothing but positive comments. It showed what an amazing sense of pride local people have in our borough. We have so much on offer in Bexley and winning this bid would help us to highlight some of our amazing existing culture as well as nurturing new projects. Winning this accolade would be fantastic for our brilliant borough.”

The Mayor of London announced the London Borough of Culture programme earlier this year. The two winning boroughs will each receive more than £1 million to shine a spotlight on what makes them special and unique, using creativity and the arts to celebrate their distinctive character.

How you can show your support for Bexley’s bid

1. Add your comments to the articles on this website.
2. Email us at to share your ideas and aspirations.
3. Follow @LBofBexley on Twitter, share the hashtag #backthebexleybid, and follow the Mayor’s programme using the hashtag #mylocalculture
4. Vote for Bexley in the ITN poll on the ITV website.