Lisa Brennan and Majida Burch, founders of thought-provoking interiors brand Brennan & Burch, have long been brightening up our world with their colourful, quirky designs, creating must-have wallpapers, rugs and prints.
But now this inventive and passionate duo are giving local artists an exciting opportunity to showcase their own talents.
Backed by the Havering Changing project, a member of Arts Council England’s four-year Creative People and Places programme, Brennan & Burch are putting together an art book celebrating people from across Essex and London – particularly Havering.
If you have connections to Harold Hill, Romford, Orchard Village or Rainham, and are working in urban art, pop art, graffiti, screen printing and illustration, Brennan & Burch want to hear from you.
“We are producing a full-colour book of exciting artists and creatives from Havering and surrounding areas of London and Essex,” Lisa and Majida said. Selected entries will receive four full colour pages of their work, a head shot of their choice and an interview profiling them and their glorious work.
“The book will feature a brilliant mix of mid-career to established artists working in a wide range of urban styles, show the amazing creations of more than 40 artists and delve into their world of creative talent,” the pair added.
“This book is perfect for anyone who is a fan of street art, graffiti, illustration and print, or who has an appreciation for the art world. With the support of Havering Changing, the digital version will be released in October 2020, with the printed version and a series of live events happening in 2021.”
“The Art Book is an incredible opportunity to shout about and showcase the amazing talent of local artists,” said James Jackson, project director of Havering Changing, which helps people in Harold Hill, Orchard Village, Rainham and Romford to choose, create and take part in their own programme of inspiring arts and culture.
“It will prove to anyone living in Havering considering getting more involved with the arts that anything is possible. Brennan & Burch are a shining example of that and I’m so pleased to support them to inspire the next generation of local artists,” Jackson added.
If you want to submit your work for consideration, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Your Name/Art book, alongside images of your work or links to your website or social media.
Applications are open now and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. The closing date for applications is Monday 27 July 2020.
Submissions will be considered against a judging matrix and reviewed by an independent panel of local partners. Artists will be notified about the outcome of the selection process within a month of application.