Create London exists to spread the benefits of being home to Europe’s largest cultural quarter to the people who live in east London.

About Create

We commission and produce multi-disciplinary art projects that extend the possibilities of socially engaged practice.

Create London exists to spread the benefits of being home to Europe’s largest cultural quarter to people living in east London. Despite having the highest concentration of artists and creative businesses in the UK, the area has low levels of cultural engagement and remains one of the most deprived parts of the country. Our work aims to bridge the traditional barriers of class, culture and education between artists and people from all social backgrounds.

The way in which we do this is diverse and ambitious. In recent times we’ve connected international artists with local audiences through a series of commissions for Frieze Projects East, set up mentoring schemes with east London schools and creative professionals for the Create Art Award and, with the help of Assemble and 500 volunteers, transformed a disused undercroft on the A12 motorway to create a new social space where art can flourish within the community.

Create has a vital role to play in the continued economic regeneration of east London and our work is underpinned by CREATE Jobs, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities for local young people.

Our conviction is in the power of art to make a positive contribution to our daily lives, encouraging debate, constructive change and social progress. By working outside of traditional cultural spaces and building virtuous circles between artists, creative organisations and local people, we strive to nurture and grow the ambitions of our communities.

Create London Team

Hadrian Garrard

Marijke Steedman

Hazel Durrant
Head of Development

Grace Williams

Frances Ranzetta
Office Manager

Joanne Jolley
Communications Manager

Sebastian Harding

Gabriella Swinbank


Board Members

John Studzinski CBE
Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners LP

Alan Rusbridger
Editor, The Guardian

Dylan Williams
Strategy Partner at Mother London

Matthew Slotover
Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Frieze Art Fair

Henry Ritchotte
Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank AG

Ruth Mackenzie CBE
Consultant and Recently Director, Cultural Olympiad at London 2012

Tony Elliott
Founder/Chairman at Time Out Group Ltd

Councillor Guy Nicholson
London Borough of Hackney

Councillor Ian Corbett
London Borough of Newham

Councillor Peter Kotz
Royal Borough of Greenwich

Councillor Rania Khan
London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Councillor Ahsan Khan
London Borough of Waltham Forest

Liam Kane
Company Secretary
CEO of East London Business Alliance

“A responsible, ethical and desirable initiative...”

— New York Times

Contact Us

Create London
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Tel: 020 7382 7284

Registered Office: CREATE, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Company registered in England and Wales No: 7586759

A message from Deutsche Bank,
Create London’s main sponsor

Making Art Accessible

Create London’s main sponsor Deutsche Bank believes that creativity is a source of innovation and progress, in art, music, business and in society at large. Deutsche has been committed to contemporary art for over 30 years with its substantial art collection, which has grown to become one of the largest in the world.

Today, Deutsche’s commitment encompasses partnerships with some of the world’s most iconic arts institutions.  Supporting Create London underlines this engagement.

Deutsche Bank believes that creativity is vital to culture, it enriches lives and provides new perspectives, and should be accessible to all. It is Deutsche’s aim to invest in and empower local talent and communities in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Last year, Create London encouraged over a million spectators to not only watch, but also get actively involved through family workshops, volunteering, training and other activities. This enabled the local community to play a part in creating a truly world class festival in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

“The arts are crucial to stimulating growth innovation and to inspiring communities”

– Colin Grassie, CEO, Deutsche Bank UK.

Press Releases

August 1st, 2013
Hitchcock’s East End: Press Release

Hitchcock’s East End: Year-long series of screenings and events to mark the return of a cinema to Waltham Forest, the home of Hitchcock, after a 10 year absence.

To read the full statement see the PDF below. 

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July 28th, 2013
Statement on Bompas & Parr’s Chromatopsia: A Water Symphony


Chromatopsia: A Water Symphony, was commissioned as a grand finale to highlight the river as the unique centre of the Park and ensure that the river is central to people’s memories of the event. It is intended to create an incredible image of the River Lea, drawing attention to this spectacular space.

To read the full statement see PDF


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May 17th, 2013
Create London Backgrounder

Create London are the associate partner of the Barbican and are supported by main sponsor Deutsche Bank, the Legacy Trust, Arts Council England, London and the six east London Boroughs.

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January 13th, 2014
Volunteering Opportunities

Would you like to learn a new skill, meet new people and make the area where you live a better neighbourhood?


We are teaming up with L&Q to offer volunteering opportunities for local people in Waltham Forest and Newham, aged 16 years and over. So why not get involved in a range of creative and community projects near you so that you can help artists to work with the local community to create beneficial art projects.

You can lend a hand at a new craft and woodwork workshop or help out at a pop-up film screening. You can get your hands dirty in a community gardening project or you can volunteer at outdoor events. It’s fun, and whilst being generous with your time, you’ll develop skills, impress potential employers and build your confidence. Don’t worry if you have no previous experience, we’ll give you some basic training and lend you a helping hand.

If you are interested please email: or call 020 7638 4141 ext 5151

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