IMAGINE 2016 Sutton’s largest festival of the arts planned for October has announced that the aim of this year’s festival is to use the arts to celebrate the great works of H.G. Wells in Sutton’s libraries and heritage sites.

“These projects and events should encourage communities to participate in artistic and cultural activities that grow skills and create lasting memories, whilst offering quality arts experiences that are ambitious and innovative,” said a spokesperson.

“So far…we have plans for a time travel disco, late night at the library, Invisible Man shadow puppetry performances, War of the Worlds radio broadcast, music workshops, sci fi drama, creative reactions event with scientist and artists coming together, time travel sound installations, site specific sculptural workshops and exhibition, as well as street art celebrating the work of HG Wells.

“Hopefully this has inspired some ideas, and maybe you can offer something outside of these projects? We invite work that stands out and utilise our libraries and heritage buildings, but are open to applications celebrating other locations. However, these events should lead people back to Sutton’s libraries in some form.

“We encourage…
● Projects that celebrate Sutton’s history and the story of local communities.
● Applications that invite participants / audience to see their library differently and activate the
space(s) in new way.
● Digital projects that redefine what we think a library is, including any projects that promote the
free wifi.
● New and innovative ways of engaging teenagers and the elderly with Sutton’s libraries and
heritage site.
● Applications that celebrate established national initiatives such as the WW1 Centenary, The
Big Draw, Black History Month, the Family Art Festival and others taking place between 15 – ­30th
October 2016.
All projects funded by the grants scheme must be based in London Borough of
Sutton and benefit people in Sutton. Outside organisations can apply, but the projects must
benefit people in Sutton.
For more details please email   arts@sutton.gov.uk