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The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • Date: 16 October 2009
  • Artform: None
  • Area: South West
Malinke, music and performance group from Ghana as part of B-Side Malinke, music and performance group from Ghana as part of B-Side, Jim Wileman

The London 2012 Games will be one of the Arts Council's key priorities over the next four years, where we hope to achieve: 1. A developed south west cultural programme to complement the 2012 Games; the Cultural Olympiad. This will begin when the torch is handed over to London at the end of the Bejing Games in September this year. We will work with our partners to ensure arts is embedded in this programme. 2. A region that has secured arts as a central part of the cultural legacy of the 2012 Games.

Creative Programmers have been appointed throughout the country, including one in the south west, Richard Crowe. The role of the Creative Programmer is to encourage and support the development of project and event ideas from their region or nation which could be part of the Cultural Olympiad. They recommend which projects should be selected based on their local knowledge and expertise. These projects are then awarded the 'inspire mark', to recognise the importance of their role as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Richard can be contacted on:
Email: or 07956 050756

We have to embrace the opportunity the 2012 Games offer our region, otherwise this unique opportunity will be lost to showcase the best of south west art, build new inspirational youth and community programmes with a strong international and diversity emphasis, and build art infrastructure in key areas such as Weymouth and Portland.

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Artists taking the lead, is one of ten major projects forming the backbone of the Cultural Olympiad. It has been developed by Arts Council England in partnership with London 2012 and the UK arts councils. Twelve artists’ commissions will be created in 12 contrasting locations across the UK in the run up to 2012 and each will be awarded £500,000 to deliver their projects. The commissions will be led by artists and developed closely with local communities. You can find out more at

Within our region, Alex Hartley’s project nowhereisland has been announced as the south west winner of Artists taking the lead. Alex will tour an artic island around the ports and harbours of the south west. To find out more and to register to become a citizen of nowhereisland, visit

Unlimited has just been launched, which is a £1.5 million commission fund to support the production of quality work by disabled and Deaf artists, and disabled and Deaf led arts organisations. Unlimited will celebrate disability, arts, culture and sport on an unprecedented scale, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. 

Unlimited welcomes proposals from disabled and Deaf artists, and disabled and Deaf-led arts organisations, who wish to develop their work, strengthen their artistic practice, challenge perceptions and forge new partnerships with presenting venues and events.

Applications must meet the standard assessment criteria for Grants for the arts applications. 

If you require further information go to or please contact

For an up to date summary of what is happening for the Cultural Olympiad in the South West read the attached EXTRAORDINARY MILE factsheets.

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