Friday, 30 June 2017

Aldershot Lido Artist in Residence Brief 14th to 25th August 2017

The West End Centre will be hosting an artist in residence for 5 days at the Aldershot Lido during August 2017. The residency will be spread over two weeks during the summer holidays, from 14th – 25th August. 

One of the earliest Lido facilities in the UK, Aldershot Lido opened in 1930. This traditional outdoor leisure pool contains 1.5 million gallons of water and is situated on a 10-acre (4.0 ha) site. The Lido became an Olympic venue in 1948 when it was the site of the swimming event in the Modern Pentathlon of that year's London Olympic Games. 


Today the Lido is open from July 1st to Sept 3rd and hosts a wide variety of visitors, from canoeing clubs to early morning outdoor swimming enthusiasts.


The West End Centre (WEC) is an Arts Centre based in Aldershot, hosting live music, comedy, theatre, events, classes and workshops for all ages. The Centre is heavily involved in the community and working in partnership both within the borough of Rushmoor and the wider area.


Aldershot is known as the “Home of the British Army”. 1854, at the time of the Crimean War, Aldershot Garrison was established as the first permanent training camp for the British Army. This led to a rapid expansion of Aldershot's population going from 875 in 1851, to in excess of 16,000 by 1861 (including about 9,000 from the military).


As many Gurkha soldiers have been based in and around Aldershot, the town fosters a growing Nepalese population of approximately 6,000 people, 6.5% of the overall population.


Shape of the Residency:

The artist will imaginatively engage visitors to the Lido in creative arts activities.

The responses can be in any form and will contribute to some form of ‘end product’ to document the work.


The project will be managed by the West End Centre and a member of WEC staff will be on hand at all times during the residency to assist.