Croydon Stands Tall invites artists to formally submit designs

Croydon Stands Tall, the mass participation art trail in collaboration with Wild In Art, has entered a new and exciting phase, officially inviting artists to submit striking designs for our giraffe sculptures as Croydon prepares to host the London Borough of Culture 2023.
The London Borough of Culture, a year-long programme of events and activities, will showcase and celebrate Croydon’s rich heritage and diverse art and culture community in ways never seen before.

Croydon Stands Tall, which launches this autumn and is supported by presenting partner Superdrug, is one of 14 showcase events planned as Croydon prepares to deliver London Borough of Culture 2023.

In total 30 8ft Giraffe sculptures will be placed throughout the town centre, each with a unique design. Croydon Stands Tall will run for ten weeks, attracting thousands of visitors from all over south London and beyond.

Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), the lead delivery partner for Croydon Stands Tall, is encouraging artists, professional or amateur, from all backgrounds, to submit inspirational designs ranging from fine art to graffiti and mosaic. In total, 30 chosen artists will receive a commission to bring their design and Croydon Stands Tall to life.

We are inviting artists to join us on our journey to bring Croydon Stands Tall to the London Borough of Culture, but most importantly to the people of London and beyond. This is a fantastic opportunity for professional or aspiring artists to participate, create, and be a part of a unique trail. Croydon Stands Tall has sparked a lot of interest, with over 350 expressions of interest already received. I encourage our art community, young and old, to get involved and submit their designs as we deliver a trail which is head and shoulders above.
Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon BID
We’re excited to be working with the team at Croydon BID to bring Croydon Stands Tall to life. We’ve been a part of Croydon for a long time and we’re passionate about promoting the people of Croydon and the amazing talent that exists in our borough. As a leading employer in the area, we’re always keen to foster the aspirations of our team and through this programme, we hope we’ll extend this to our collective art and cultural networks. We look forward to seeing lots of fantastic creative designs being submitted.
Caroline King, Head of People at Superdrug

Croydon Stands Tall is working with national homelessness charity Crisis, and in particular Crisis Croydon Skylight, as its charity partner. All our 30 Giraffe sculptures will, at the end of the 10-week trail, be auctioned to raise much needed funds to support people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless in the borough.

It’s exciting to see the project taking off, and we’re looking forward to seeing the designs that are submitted and hope that people are as creative as possible!

It’s a real honour for Crisis to have been chosen as the charity partner for such a unique art project in Croydon. The auction at the end will help us to continue our work supporting people across the borough who are facing the devastating reality of homelessness, helping them take the steps they need to rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.

Christine Eyers, Director of Crisis Skylight Croydon

Artists should visit to complete the artists design submission form. Designs must be submitted by 15th March 2023 to be considered for Croydon Stands Tall. Artists will be commissioned an honorarium of £1000 + VAT (if applicable) upon completion of the artwork.