Kollektive, a local community group, hopes to raise enough money to run Southall Light Show through a series of light art interventions.
If the group raise the £31,000 needed for the show, which would run from October to December 2017, the project will form a trail across Southall to recognise its “culture, diversity and heritage”.
So far, £20,963 has been donated on their fundraising page, including the £12,500 from Sadiq Khan, as part of his Crowdfund London initiative, and £2,000 from Ealing Council .
A spokesman for kollektive said: “We aim to transform our nocturnal townscape by shedding light on the unique character of Southall.
“This ambitious outdoor exhibition will aim to create surprise and delight with artworks inspired by the varies cultural backgrounds of local residents.
“Southall is a melting pot of visual cultures, history and heritage - we want to celebrate this in a memorable way using the universal medium of light.”
If the fundraising is successful, the project will involve community studio sessions in August, large light installations forming a trail for one night in October, and 10 temporary illuminated interventions from October to December, ending on New Year's Eve.
The large donation to Southall Light Show from Sadiq Khan comes after he announced a further £400,000 of investment in community project across the capital.
The Crowdfund London initiative was launched to enable communities to come together and propose ideas to regenerate their areas, with the support of City Hall, residents and beyond.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Crowdfund London represents a pioneering way for Londoners to drive the regeneration of their local area from the grass roots up."
He added: “It is inspiring a new generation of civic leaders and helping them unlock creative and innovative ideas for their communities.
“I’m pledging support to an extraordinary range of local groups for projects that will help strengthen their local places and make London an even greater city. I’m calling on Londoners to join me and help make these projects a success.”
On top of Southall Light Show, the 25 pledges announced on July 27 included the creation of a self-build community space in Lewisham and the installation of recording facilities at Hoxton Hall.
The pledges are part of a larger programme which will invest up to £4 million in community-led projects across the capital over the next four years.
It aims to give Londoners the opportunity to play their role in shaping London’s future by proposing ideas, supporting campaigns and providing the skills and resources to help projects flourish.
To help fund the Southall Light Show, visit kollektive's fundraising page .
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