Picture of 1030s housing block with words: ARTISTS A SPACE FOR US


We invite artists to make proposals for two commissions for artwork for 2024 centenary of the utopian social housing project: St Pancras Housing by August 20th 2024:

  1. Installation in large space of church at risk

1. Installation artwork

100 years ago a utopian housing project began in the church with a mission to build decent housing and a ‘War on slums!’. In the context of housing crisis today and the legacy of this utopian project, we invite proposals for installation/artworks in the place this began: St. Mary’s Church, once known as the ‘cabbie’s church’, in Eversholt Street near Euston Station this summer. The installation will be part of a programme to help save this Church which is at risk of demolition working with the People’s Museum, set up in 2021 by activists to preserve a sense of place and working class heritage in the area of Somers Town, a deprived area at risk from major infrastructure development in central London, to support the church as a key part of the heritage of the housing project.

What are we looking for?

We welcome intriguing responses and are open to use of most media, including moving image. We will supply archival material for reference. We expect reference to themes or use of archival films/ photos.

The reason we are installing artwork is that church is at risk and we wish to raise awareness of its historical importance, therefore , budgets are low. Costs of materials and printing large scale can be covered.

Source content: Many 1920/30s photographs and archival film exist and this content is available. More references: Spirit! film.

Location: to use the large Interior of church St Mary’s Church in Eversholt Street.

Timescales: we are keen to install by the end of June but are open to proposals later in the summer. Ideally the artwork could stay in the church during the summer months. Somers Town has a festival on July 13th.

We wish to feature this as part of a programme in the September Open House Festival alongside Museum talks/ walks. Please see below for our centenary programme.

Themes: HOUSING is NOT ENOUGH: NOT ENOUGH HOUSING whcih had this saying; ‘HOUSING is NOT ENOUGH‘ the Legacy of St Pancras Housing/ social housing/ working class estates/ community relating to housing/ Art in everyday life Social justice community and contemporary housing issues. See below for context and background.

How to apply?

Send your proposal and portfolio:

Please use max 3GB and explain your work proposal and budget expectations and give reference to how you refer to the themes.

Give Dimensions relating to the church interior.



we have extended the deadline.

2. Mural

We are seeking artists to help paint a mural on centenary issues inspired by the housing project to involve workshop/s/ painting with young people on a large outdoor space in central London for the 2024 centenary of a utopian social housing project.

TIME: June/ July Saturdays painting

Location: Outside the St Mary’s Church which is currently covered in Scaffolding corrugated iron along Eversholt Street and corner. Creative proposals for covering this welcome.

Budget: including materials Mural £2000.
Additional fee available for Saturday workshops.

We will supply source content including archival photos to use as reference and in workshops.

Workshop design and facilitation will be in collaboration with the People’s Museum staff using archival imagery.

Optional work: 3/4 x Workshops Saturday afternoon and Monday after school clubs age 12-16.

Send your MURAL proposal and Portfolio with links to any websites:

Please provide information on your previous work with young people and community.

Please provide budget expectations. Proposals can be written, sketched or mocked up.



Something rather wonderful happened in the early part of the 20th century in Somers Town. Slums were cleared, people housed by the St Pancras Housing Improvement Society, including Britain’s first female surveyor Irene Barclay and a charismatic priest from Oxford. 

Funds were raised from society, leading to a stream of well-connected visitors to one of London’s worst slums, including literary and theatrical names. maintaining the existing working class  community; the policy, as Irene Barclay put it, ‘not to break up communities’. ‘Housing is not enough’ meant clubs, street parties, outings and a pub with a teetotal priest landlord, and the belief that ordinary people deserved, ‘art in everyday life’ –  fantastic folk tale ceramic figures on washing posts. 

Source content: Many 1920/30s photographs and archival film exist and this content is available. More references: Spirit! film.




A SPACE FOR US? People’s Museum Somers Town

Somers Town is changing rapidly. The museum is set up to preserve an area that feels at risk of extinction.
And we believe working class areas deserve to have museums!

This community museum has been set up by local residents with the aim of playing a part in sustainable development of cities and civic society, and reducing inequality.

A Space for Us – People’s Museum Somers Town is a space to preserve local voice and the area; to celebrate an incredible ‘radical, reformers and rebels‘ histories, to record the change now, as well as to campaign and preserve local working class heritage.

ADDRESS: 52 Phoenix Rd NW1 1ES

Insta: aspaceforusnow

Twitter: @HistoryTown

DEADLINE: Portfolio submission May 17th 2024