Artists have been invited to breath life into unloved spaces with creative installations.

Five spaces across five wards in Waltham Forest will receive installations, costing up to £40,000, with an open call for artists to submit designs.

The move is part of the council’s £1million ‘Making Places’ initiative to “revitalise the borough with public art and design projects that will have a lasting impact on local communities and surrounding neighbourhoods.”

Following the transformation of eight sites in 2018-19, the programme is looking to transform a further five sites, as nominated by the borough’s residents.

Cllr Clare Coghill, leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “The challenge is to propose innovative, creative ideas whilst responding to the needs of the local community.

“Making Places has already delivered some exceptional projects including pavilions, amphitheatres, planting schemes and street furniture. I am looking forward to seeing how these five sites will be reimagined by artists and designers who will work with local people.”

The five sites are: a traffic island in Bulwer Road, Leytonstone; the garden of Hyh House estate in Chapel End; a pedestrian underpass in Larkshall Road, Larkswood; Leyton Midland Road station bridge in Leyton; and Wood Street station bridge in Wood Street.

Proposals can cost up to £40,000 and must have a minimum lifespan of five years; winning projects, announced in December this year, will be installed throughout 2020.

There is no limit on the amount of proposals an artist can submit, but no more than two commissions will be awarded to any one applicant.

Interested applicants are also invited to join a private bus tour of the sites on Tuesday, October 22 at 2-5pm, to see the sites.

Sign up for the bus tour here