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The final countdown…

It was only at the start of last month that we officially launched Bexley’s bid to become London Borough of Culture at a special event at Hall Place and Gardens.

We recorded this video on the day.

No time at all has passed and we are already racing toward the bid deadline date of 1 December!

There is still a chance for anyone interested in getting involved or find out more by emailing

Please also get behind the bid on Facebook and Twitter.


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Bexley’s chance of a ‘fourth plinth’

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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Launch event – Sunday 1 October

Hall Place

Hall Place Bexley

This Sunday we are holding a very special event to launch the borough’s bid to be one of the first London Boroughs of Culture.

The launch will take place from 10am to 3pm in and around the visitor centre at Hall Place & Gardens in Bourne Road, Bexley.

It will be an opportunity to come and find out how you can ‘back the Bexley bid’ and share your ideas about what you would like to see if Bexley is the winning borough in 2019 or 2020. It will feature pop-up performances and an amazing 3D live street art installation by Urban Canvas.

The London Borough of Culture initiative is an invitation from the Mayor of London to London’s Boroughs to channel the creative energy and imagination of their communities into winning more than £1 million to support cultural activities. Bids must be submitted by 1 December.

“Culture has the power to change lives and improve our Borough,” said Cllr Peter Craske, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure. “From historic homes and monuments to theatres and arts groups, we are so lucky to have so many cultural sites and activities right on our doorstep. We want to showcase all we have to the whole of London and beyond by becoming the Borough for Culture.

“We’ve been working hard over the summer to prepare for this, and now we want Bexley’s residents and businesses to join with us to back Bexley’s bid. Together we can make Bexley London’s Borough of Culture!”

The two winning boroughs will each receive more than £1 million from the Mayor of London to shine a spotlight on what makes them special and unique, using creativity and the arts to celebrate their distinctive character. It will put cultural and arts programmes at the heart of place-making, support the development of more cohesive communities and create a lasting legacy. It will also provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the creativity of local people.