Celebrate art, culture and sport at the Open Weekend 2011, enter the Coubertin Olympic Awards competition for students, compete for London 2012 contract opportunities as a business, become a London Ambassador volunteer… There are many ways to get involved with the London 2012 Olympic adventure!
DIY Olympics. “The Games”, Optimistic Productions 2007. Photo by Federico Figa Talamanca
Get involved now – Overview – London 2012 official website:
London 2012 and Higher Education:
The “Higher Education” page of the London 2012 website lists possible areas of involvement: opening and closing ceremonies, Cultural Olympiad…
The “Opportunities” page of the Podium website, Podium being the Further and Higher Education Unit for London 2012, is the main place to find out about actual opportunities available to the UAL community. To use the full extent of the Podium resource, see our “Resources” page.
The chapters below list the main areas of possible involvement and how to get involved.
Competitions for students – deadlines for applications:
See also our “Events/Competitions” UAL 2012 blog category for additional guidance and information about other competitions relevant to the UAL community.
Volunteering in your area
See also our “Volunteering” UAL 2012 blog category for additional guidance and volunteering announcements relevant to the UAL community.
Cultural Olympiad – London
Introduction to the Cultural Olympiad: www.london2012.com/get-involved/cultural-olympiad/index.php
If you have an idea or a project that you believe fits the values of the Cultural Olympiad, contact the Cultural Olympiad Creative Programmer for London Chenine Bhathena at email@example.com. What to tell her: www.london2012.com/get-involved/cultural-olympiad/join-the-cultural-olympiad/creative-programmers-contact.php
Cultural Olympiad projects categories are: Art, Film and Digital, Literature and Libraries, Museums and Galleries, Music, Outdoors and Events, Theatre, dance and comedy and London 2012 Festival. For more information browse categories at www.london2012.com/get-involved/cultural-olympiad/index.php
- Please note that the ”Artists Taking the Lead” project is now closed. Autumn 2009 competition winners: www.artiststakingthelead.org.uk
- There is an opportunity here to get funding from the Arts Council for the ”Unlimited” project celebrating arts, culture & sport by disabled & deaf people. www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/unlimited . Application deadline: 18 Apr 2011.
See also our “Cultural Olympiad” UAL 2012 blog category for additional guidance and information about other Cultural Olympiad projects and events relevant to the UAL community.
The Cultural Olympiad is part of a wider initiative called the Inspire Programme.
The Inspire Programme supports not only “Culture” projects but also projects in “Sport”, “Education”, “Sustainability”, “Volunteering” and “Business opportunities and skills”.
The projects need to come from eligible non commercial organisations.
UK universities are eligible. So why not setting up UAL projects and be awarded the Inspire mark for them? More about what the Inspire mark is in our “2012 brand guidelines” page. More about eligibility below.
For general enquiries about the London 2012 Inspire programme, please contact the Inspire Programme call centre on 0845 267 2012.
If you are interested in discussing a sport, education, sustainability, volunteering or business opportunities project or event, please contact the London 2012 Inspire Programmer Simon Rees: Simon.Rees@london.gov.uk
If you are interested in discussing a culture project please contact Chenine Bhathena (see Cultural Olympiad chapter above).
How to apply? www.london2012.com/get-involved/inspire-programme/how-to-apply/index.php . This “How to Apply” page includes downloadable application forms and guidance notes. Please note that there is no downloadable application form for culture projects as you need to present your idea to the Cultural Olympiad Creative Programmer first (contact details: see “Cultural Olympiad – London” chapter above).
Is my project eligible? www.london2012.com/get-involved/inspire-programme/is-my-project-eligible/index.php lists the assessment criteria. Sub-pages provide exemples of successful projects in the various categories: Culture, Sport, Education, Sustainability, Volunteering and Business.
Education projects: discover Education projects already happening in London in the Podium website, along with other useful information. See the Podium chapters in our “Resources” page.
Job opportunities at London 2012 and elsewhere
See also our jobs – placements blog category for selected opportunities.
London 2012 business network
- Sign your business up and be aware of the contract opportunities around London 2012: www.competefor.com/business/signup.html
- What is CompeteFor? How to apply? Make the most of CompeteFor: CompeteFor Resource Centre
See also our “Business Opportunities” UAL 2012 blog category for additional guidance and information about other business opportunities relevant to the UAL community
London 2012 Open Weekend 22-24 July 2011
The three-day 2009 celebration featured 800 events held by around 500 organisations across the UK. Add the date to your diary today and look out for uptdates on the London 2012 website:
See also our “Events / Competitions” blog category for further guidance.
London 2012 Live Sites
Visit one of the 20 live sites already operating in urban spaces across the UK, featuring big screens and bringing a flavour of the Games to local communities.
See also our “Stories” blog category to read about a Live Sites UAL student project.
London 2012 tickets – crime prevention advice
Apply for and buy London 2012 tickets safely by following the Metropolitan Police crime prevention guidelines – London 2012 ticketing.
Would you like to get involved?
Let the UAL community know! For instance leave a comment on one of our blog posts.