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.
Head of Development
John Studzinski CBE
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
Ruth Mackenzie CBE
Consultant and Recently Director, Cultural Olympiad at London 2012
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
CEO of East London Business Alliance
“A responsible, ethical and desirable initiative...”
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”
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.Download PDF
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
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
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to assist in the building of Blackhorse Workshop, a new public place for making, mending, and learning. This is a project by Assemble, a design and architecture collective based in London, who will retrofit a vacant industrial unit with the help of local volunteers. With alterations and additions to the interior and exterior of the building, they will transform the space into a public amenity that re-imagines the opportunities for production in public.
Thursday 17 October, Friday 18 October, Saturday 19 October & Sunday 20 October
Tasks and Clothing: We will be building the interior spaces in the workshop. Tasks will vary from painting to cutting timber. Please wear old jeans and t-shirts and comfortable footwear. We will provide safety equipment such as goggles and high-vis on site.
Please see PDF for more information.Download PDF