Get Living London launches competition for exceptional artistic contribution

Artwork will be situated at East Village, former London 2012 Athletes’ Village

Get Living London, the owner and manager of the private rented homes at East Village, is launching a competition to commission a large scale work of art with a £70,000 budget.

The commission will seek inspiration from the striking triangular atrium at Vesta House, situated in the centre of East Village. Rising over 13 floors, the 38m tall triangular space provides a captivating backdrop for a commissioned artist’s installation.

This new initiative underlines Get Living London’s commitment to engagement with the arts and represents an undertaking to celebrate and champion artists of all ages and status, providing innovative and accessible artworks to be enjoyed by residents and their guests.

Neil Young, Chief Executive of Get Living London commented ‘There is an important link between providing inspiring art and our residents’ quality of life. With this competition, we hope to find a truly unique work of art that will provide a centrepiece for the atrium at Vesta House.’

Artists must submit their work before 2 January 2015 to be judged by the panel of arts industry experts and Get Living London team members familiar with the building. A winner will be selected and the installation of the work will begin in March 2015, for an opening in April 2015. Any medium will be considered as long as it’s practical; sculpture, lighting, digital, textiles and wall drawings are all welcome. The objective is to find a high-quality original work of art that will form an integral part of the community and a centrepiece for Vesta House.

The total budget for this commission is £70,000 – this amount includes all fabrication and production, and an artist fee at 15% of the total budget (£10,500). Get Living London will pay for the installation of the work by trained technical staff. The gallery-like location itself is spacious and well-lit and the atrium has one key wall that stretches all 13 stories to a skylight above.

Artists who wish to enter the competition for the commission must submit the following:

  • Images, preparatory sketches and mock-ups presented within one document
  • A written description outlining the work, the rationale, how it will be installed and how it will sit working in the space (maximum 750 words)
  • A budget breakdown detailing costs of production
  • Identify any possible risks to health and safety and submit a risk assessment form
  • An artist’s biography (maximum 300 words) and one page CV

To access the full brief, please download here.


Notes to Editors:

About Get Living London
Get Living London is a true pioneer in the private rental sector, changing the way London rents. As the residential owner directly managing 1,439 private rental homes in East Village, Get Living London aims to make renting refreshingly straightforward and convenient. In this unique position, Get Living London:

  • Doesn’t charge fees: Residents rent directly from Get Living London, rather than through a letting agency, which means there are no admin fees for preparing a tenancy agreement, no initial referencing fees, no fees to renew the lease, no check-in or check-out fees, no debit card fees and no commercial cleaning fees when residents move out (as long as the home is clean and hasn’t been damaged beyond ‘fair wear and tear’). This no fees approach can save renters up to £350.
  • Provides long term stability with built-in flexibility: Residents are offered up to three year tenancies, with residents-only break clauses after six months. Annual rent increases within a contract period are linked to the Consumer Prices Index so there are no surprises for residents within a tenancy.
  • Ensures a service-oriented approach: The expert property management team are on-site at Get Living London’s Management Office seven days a week to ensure any issues are dealt with quickly. The Management Office is open from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-6pm at weekends, with an out-of-hours service for emergencies.
  • Offers high quality homes: All Get Living London homes at East Village include fitted wardrobes, wooden flooring, fitted curtains and blinds, underfloor heating and modern kitchens with fully-integrated appliances. Every home meets the highest levels of sustainability and has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 – the UK’s single largest development to meet this standard.
  • Is building a thriving new neighbourhood: Living in the former Athletes’ Village means living in a brand new, stylish and imaginatively planned neighbourhood – which showcases the best of British architecture and construction. East Village highlights include Chobham Academy, arguably the most impressive school in London, which now caters for 1,800 students from age 3 to 18, and the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre, one of the two largest non-hospital NHS buildings in the country, which brings together a GP practice with a range of other NHS services to serve the local area.

Further benefits for residents of the new homes include free high-speed broadband and evening and weekend phone calls, great savings with Sky TV, and furnished homes come with complimentary high-end furniture curated by British designer Wayne Hemmingway MBE.

Prices start from £380 per week for a 1 bedroom apartment, £395 per week for a 2 bedroom apartment, £485 per week for a 3 bedroom apartment, and £600 per week for a 4 bedroom townhouse.

For more information, and to see Get Living London homes currently available to rent within East Village E20, visit and follow us on Twitter @GetLivingLDN

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