Five Artists to pitch ideas before a public vote in Ely

Residents from across the Ely area are invited to vote for two new outdoor art projects that will take place in October.

A new creative opportunity has been launched in the city by Babylon Arts and supported by Ely Markets and Ely College called “Somewhere in Ely”. Earlier this year artists, makers and creators were invited to propose ideas for fun and unexpected things to happen in the city.

There were over 70 proposals from around the world offering performances, sculpture, installations, activities and events. Five have been shortlisted to go to a public vote.

Each of the five shortlisted artists have made a two-minute video pitch, in the hope of persuading the people of Ely to vote for their idea. The public is now invited to choose their favourites. The two most voted-for proposals will become reality ‘Somewhere in Ely’ in October half term.

“If you live or work in the Ely area please watch the video pitches and vote for your favourite. We have funding to pay for two of these artist ideas to happen – and it’s up to the public to decide.” Says project manager Amy Wormald.

“You don’t need any special interest or experience in art to have an opinion. Just take a look at the videos online and tell us what you think.”

The five shortlisted artists include Ely ceramicist Louise Beale, choreographer and body-popper Paris Crossley, Mike Hartley who makes kinetic sculptures, multi-media artist Mark Parry and artist/ designer Adrian Riley.

The video pitches can be seen on the Babylon Arts website, YouTube channel and via social media if you look for #SomewhereinEly. The public voting will be open until midnight on 12th July 2020.

Press release from Babylon ARTS

The online vote is now open from 25th June to 12th July 2020.

The page to view the video proposals and to vote can be found on Babylon ARTS website here:,vote-for-the-creative-ideas-you-want-to-see-happen-in-ely_22675.htm

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