Create London exists to spread the benefits of being home to Europe’s largest cultural quarter to the people who live in east London.
We commission and produce multi-disciplinary art projects in east London, which extend the barriers of socially engaged practice. 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.
Despite having the highest concentration of artists and creative businesses in Europe, east London has remarkably low levels of cultural engagement and remains one of the most deprived parts of the UK. Create London works to bridge the traditional divisions of class, culture, education, and social background between our creative community and local people.
By commissioning major projects, attracting new audiences and working in partnership to profile the cultural life of the area, Create London has a vital role to play in the continued economic regeneration of east London. Our programme is underpinned by Create Jobs, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities and for local young people.
John Studzinski CBE
Chairman of Create London
Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Blackstone Advisory Partners LP
Editor, The Guardian
Strategy Partner at Mother London
Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Frieze Art Fair
Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank AG
Create London Company Secretary
CEO of East London Business Alliance
Councillor Guy Nicholson
Vice-chair of Create London
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
Director of Create London
Head of Development
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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
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”
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.Download PDF