Portability Art on the Move

Celebrating the extraordinary world of mobile art vehicles in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: 20 – 21 September

The Event: Portability: Art on the Move
10am, 20 September – 8pm, 21 September 2014
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20

We are looking for at least 20 vehicles from across the UK (an internationally if possible) that will contribute to the weekend discussions around mobile art practices, that showcase creative and innovative design, and that will provide an inspiring and accessible experience for a wide audience.

All of the vehicles selected for inclusion will be on display for the public to explore throughout the weekend and will be invited to take part in the free programme of related talks, workshops and film screenings focusing on the contribution of mobile art practices within current discourses surrounding community engagement, participatory processes and culture-led regeneration. Exploring historical precedents, ethical motivations and the ‘aesthetic of engagement’, other speakers will include curators, architects and cultural commentators. The event will be promoted widely as part of the summer events programme on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Current audience numbers to the Park on a weekend are averaging at 20,000 per day, from local, national and international visitors.

How to apply

We are looking for vehicles that will contribute to the weekend discussions around mobile art practices, that showcase creative and innovative design, and that will provide an inspiring and accessible experience for the varied audience of Park visitors.

Please send a document no more than two pages to: [email protected]

Deadline for submissions: Monday 7 July, 9am.


  • All wheeled vehicles coming onto the Park must be road legal and have suitable insurance. All other types of vehicles and portable structures must be transported by appropriate and road legal methods.
  • If your proposed vehicle is not road legal, it must be towed onto the Park by a road legal trailer or similar.
  • We are especially looking for vehicles which have been made accessible to disabled or older people and which can be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences. We know that often older vehicles have not been modified or designed in this way, so please consider how you could ensure that everyone can enjoy and experience your vehicle/structure through your use of the space around it in the Park.
  • We are also looking for vehicles which promote sustainability, reuse and recycling.
  • All vehicles must be safe and structurally sound, able to be exposed to large visitors numbers of up to 20,000 per day.

Applications must include the following details:

The Applicant

  • Name(s) and contact details of applicant and name(s) of vehicle owner (if different from applicant).
  • Brief CV highlights of artist or company who have produced the vehicle.

The Vehicle

  • Details of submitted vehicle, year of production, type, size and all practical requirements (does it need to be towed, does it require power etc.)
  • Registration and insurance details (please note the vehicle does not need to be insured at the time of applying, but if selected, it will need to be fully insured and road legal to take part in this event).
  • Details on history of the vehicle; what prompted developing it, how long has it been working, what type of work does it deliver, what communities has it reached out to. If still in development, please give information of the aims and designs of the project.
  • Travel details of where the vehicle will be coming from, and what travel expenses are requested.

Activities and Accessibility

  • Details of any activities that the vehicle could host during the weekend or any material that could contribute to the film and talks programme. Please indicate if there are any costs associated with your proposed activities, and provide a clear breakdown of what these are for.
  • Details of how the vehicle will be accessible to a range of audiences including disabled and older people.


  • At least three high resolution, printable images of the proposed vehicle (can be separate to the two page document).
  • Images of any activities you propose to run as part of the event.


Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 7th July. The final selection will be made by 14th July. We will endeavour to accommodate as many vehicles as possible within the space and budget available for the event.

If selected, your vehicle must be on the Park by 9am on Saturday 20th September and must stay until 8pm on Sunday 21st. There will be 24 hour security provided over night. Please note that all vehicles must have appropriate insurances and if applicable be road worthy.


We are able to pay for reasonable travel costs and for reasonable expenses to deliver any proposed activities as part of the weekend. Please include clear details in your submission.

The selection panel will consist of:

Adriana Marques, Head of Arts and Culture, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fiona Boundy, Curator and Project Director for ELMO
Sara Doctors, Events, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


For any questions during the application process, please contact Fiona Boundy at: [email protected]

Taking proposals forward

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park reserves the right to not progress with any of the submitted proposals if they do not feel that they adequately meet the aims and objectives of the event, or if they do not sufficiently demonstrate to be viable within the timescale and budget.