Brass Bandstand has been shortlisted for the Artists Taking the Lead commission in the North West of England.

Artists Taking the Lead is one of the major projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is being developed by Arts Council England in partnership with London 2012 and the arts councils of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Twelve commissions of up to £500,000 will be awarded to create 12 new works of art across the country; one in each of the nine English regions, and in the nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Long proposes to rework the archetypal bandstand by constructing it entirely from highly burnished brass, creating a monument to this iconic and municipal British structure that was once at the heart of civic life. Brass Bandstand will be a fully usable piece of architecture as well as a monumental sculptural object, staging live music and performances to audiences which will inspire people to actively participate in cultural celebration.

The winners will be announced in October 2009.



Ben Long photographed by Matthew Andrews, 2009