The Council is supporting local mental health charity Centrepieces and the North West Kent Countryside Partnership (NWKCP) in their bid to the Aviva Community Fund for funding for an exciting arts project based at Hall Place & Gardens.

The bid is for funds to install a plinth in the grounds of Hall Place, similar to the famous Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Once installed home-grown artists will be invited to take turns to display their sculptures to the public.

Bexley has provided the old mill stone at Hall Place and brickwork and a popular spot where the plinth could be built.

Voting on the Aviva site started on 23 October – and ends at midday on Tuesday 21 November. The project needs votes from friends, family and supporters to be entered into the finals, where a judging panel will decide on where the funds will be awarded.

Cabinet Member for Community for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said: “This is a great opportunity for a respected local charity to develop something that everyone can enjoy and take part in. Centrepieces have worked closely with us and their current ’Twelve’ exhibition at Hall Place that runs until March is an example of some of the innovative, unusual and impressive art their group produce. A plinth that changes over time and includes a range of work from across the borough is a fantastic idea and I wish them the very best with the bid.”

Geoff Norris from Centrepieces said: “We are proud to be working on a project that not only celebrates the artistic talent of the local area, but that helps to increase awareness of mental health issues and to remove stigma. Our charity is entirely volunteer-run and this is a fantastic opportunity to shout about what they do”.

Isabel Shaw from North West Kent Countryside partnership said: “We are delighted to be working with Hall Place and Centrepieces on this exciting project. The beautiful Hall Place gardens are a treasured space for local people, and a plinth would be an innovative and interesting addition. We hope everyone that loves Hall Place will vote for our project so that we can make it a reality!”

Aviva Community Fund offers local groups funding for community projects. Centrepieces have applied for £1,980 for the project.

Please visit the Aviva Community Fund website and vote for the Centrepieces project!

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