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Guidance for applicants 

Reception at 70 St. Mary Axe

Create an artistic wonder to exhibit at a new city landmark, the amazing skyscraper 70 St Mary Axe!

We’ve made applying quick and easy. You have until 1pm on Monday 30th March. If you have questions or you're not sure where to start, please get in touch! Call or text Chloe on 07826 873 421, or call 020 8332 3759 or email [email protected] (Mon-Fri)

Read our guidance for supporting organisations. When you're ready to apply, complete our online form.

What’s it all about?

Our incredible UK native plants and fungi.

Not only are they colourful and amazingly varied, they’re really important to our lives and the natural world. They provide food and shelter for pollinators, contribute to medicine and have even inspired magical myths and legends! Find out more on our wildflower and fungi pages.

We’d like you to come up with an amazing piece of creative genius to celebrate and share why UK native plants and fungi are so special.

Your creation will be displayed in our London exhibition at 70 St. Mary Axe. This is a fantastic new building, standing at 21 stories high. Check out pictures and videos on their Instagram and website.

You’ll join Grow Wild - the national outreach learning initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Grow Wild is supported by 70 St. Mary Axe to bring people together to value and enjoy plants
and fungi.

Our funding is open to people aged 18-25 living nearby 70 St. Mary Axe (EC3A 8BE) and those living in central and Greater London. Have a look at this list of boroughs to check if you’re covered.

If you are aged 14-17 or 18-25 living outside of London, don’t worry! You can still apply to run your creative project to perform or transform anywhere in the UK.

Tell me more…

We’ll give you £500 to fund your project, plus lots of support along the way.

The final exhibition will launch on Thursday 1st October 2020, so you must be available on this date. The exhibition will run for two weeks and be enjoyed by thousands of people at 70 St. Mary Axe and online. Afterwards, we’ll return your creative pieces.

It’s up to you to decide how to run your project and the process you will go through to create your exhibition piece. You’ll need to think of ways to involve other people from your community in the project and get them excited about UK native plants and/or fungi.

Successful applicants will also be invited to join a group visit to gather inspiration from Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, home to the Millennium Seed Bank.

Spoiler alert! You’ll need a supporting organisation to receive the funding on your behalf (more information coming below).

When's everything happening?

You have until 1pm on Monday 30th of March 2020 to apply.

  • Applications will then be assessed by a panel of young people who will decide which projects receive funding. This will take place during April.
  • If your application is successful, you’ll have the money and can start your project in May (if we receive all the information required from you and your Supporting Organisation). We’ll then help you on your journey.
  • You’ll also be invited to join a group visit to gather inspiration from Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex. This will take place in early summer. The date will be arranged closer to the time, so unfortunately can’t guarantee it will suit everyone.
  • Projects need to be finished by the 14th September 2020 and all wrapped up ready for transport. Please pay for packaging using your grant money. Grow Wild will then arrange (and pay for) your piece to transported to 70 St. Mary Axe. You and/or your Supporting Organisation will need to be available for us to collect your piece prior to the exhibition.  You should also be free to attend an open evening of the exhibit on the 1st October 2020.

Creative guidelines

Please follow our creative guidelines below. This will help us display your fabulous creative piece safely and with enough space and facilities.

Your piece could be a sculpture, painting, photograph, collage, pottery… something we haven’t thought of yet! We really want you to let your imagination run riot.

Yes please!

  • Your exhibition piece should be no bigger than 1m wide x 0.5m deep x 1.8m high. It should fit through a standard size door - including when it’s wrapped up or in a box!
  • Make sure your creation is not too heavy – it should be able to be moved easily by two people.
  • Your exhibition piece needs to stand up safely by itself. Any frames, easels or staging to enable this should be white, grey or natural wood colour. You will need to cover the cost of this from your grant.
  • Think about material choices - we really like ideas that consider the environment and sustainability.
  • Make sure your creation can’t damage any floors or surfaces during installation and display. Protective matts will also be provided by Grow Wild.
    If your idea involves fabric and textiles, please contact us for a chat before you apply

No thank you

  • There will be no power available at the venue – so sorry no electrics, computers or anything requiring batteries please.
  • Sorry, we can’t accommodate live performance like dance, music or drama.
  • Please don’t include any political messaging or expletives in your creation.

If your idea seems to fit more into the ‘no thank you’ category, don’t be put off! You can still apply to run your creative project anywhere in the UK.

It’s time to apply…

Step 1: Come up with your creative idea

  • Remember this is all about celebrating UK native plants and/or fungi. Use this theme as imaginatively as you can. Do something different that people will notice! Read our page about why fungi matter or scroll through our wildflower gallery for inspiration.
  • Think about the equipment, materials and techniques you will use in your project and in creating your final piece. We like ideas that consider sustainability.
  • Think about how you can involve other people in your community through your project and get them excited about UK native plants and/or fungi too.
  • Check your idea can be displayed in the celebratory exhibition (see ‘Creative guidelines’ above)
  • Important: Remember you’ll need permission from the landowner if developing your project (prior to the exhibition) involves any activity taking place in a public area

Step 2: Find your Supporting Organisation

  • You must nominate a youth, community or education-focused organisation to receive the £500 on your behalf. Money cannot be placed in personal bank accounts or private business bank accounts.
  • The person who told you about the funding may be able to help you, or help you think of an organisation in your community that you can ask for help.
  • Once you’ve found a person and organisation to support you, get them to read the  Guidance for Supporting Organisations so they know what’s expected of them.

Step 3: Make your short video application

Your video should be no longer than two minutes. Seriously, two minutes!

It doesn’t have to be filmed on a fancy camera. You can use your smart phone. It can be as simple or complex as you want, but make sure the information is clear. If you feel at all worried or unsure about making or appearing in the video, please get in touch with us to explore options you feel comfortable with.

Use the checklist below to make sure you’ve included everything we need to know:

  1. Who you are and where you will work on your project.
  2. Tell us about any creative projects you have completed before and how taking part will benefit you.
  3. How will your idea celebrate UK native plants and/or fungi?
  4. Tell us about other people you will involve and how you think they will benefit.
  5. Tell us your initial ideas for your final exhibition piece (we understand these may evolve once you
    get started).
  6. Tell us how you will spend the £500 – at this stage we realise that this will be a brief outline that may change some.

Important: Grow Wild funding cannot be used to pay yourself a salary or wage.

When your film is ready, upload it to a video hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo and include the link in your application.

Important: Always upload your video to a private account and only share the link with people who need to see it. If people in the video application are under 18, a parent/guardian must consent to them taking part.

Step 4: Complete your application

  • Fill in the online form, including the link to your video application.
  • Remember to give contact details for you and your Supporting Organisation. Get your person at the Supporting Organisation to help and make sure that their information is correct – this will save time if your application is successful.
  • We will always contact you and your nominated person at the Supporting Organisation in all email communications about your application and project
Where next?

Read our guidance for supporting organisations.

When you're ready to apply, complete our online form.

Dreaming up your masterpiece...but got some questions? Not sure where to start?
Call or text Chloe on 07826 873 421, or call 020 8332 3759 or email [email protected] (Mon-Fri).

Seeking inspiration?
Read more about Grow Wild youth projects. There are loads of stories from previous projects on our blog and YouTube.

Participant with photographic art