Frances Ranzetta from CREATE on how its summer programme is bringing new experiences to unexpected east London spaces.
CREATE is about how art and creativity can bring new perspectives on daily life, how it can get people talking and encourage change and social progress. We support artists and creative organisations who want to take their work beyond the confines of the studio or gallery and help them meet and connect with local communities.
Every year we present a summer programme of projects across east London in the most unexpected of spaces, from children’s playgrounds and hotel ballrooms to abandoned office blocks and the new Royal Docks development. Each of our commissions and projects gets local people involved, including work placements and jobs for young people, volunteering opportunities and affordable or free tickets for local residents.
East London is a unique area, home to more than 13,000 artists and 140 galleries. Yet, east London communities are among the most deprived in Europe, and less likely to take part in culture than any other part of the UK.
We believe passionately in the economic and social benefits of art and culture, and in making the arts more accessible to all. Our aim is to spread the benefits of being home to Europe’s largest cultural quarter to everyone who lives in east London.
CREATE summer programme will be back next year. If you want to get involved in the meantime, artists and design practices can contact us about the summer programme and submit applications for our CREATE Art Award. Young people in east London can find out about work opportunities in the arts through CREATE Jobs, while we’re also inviting volunteers for next summer’s programme. Hope to see you there!
Find out more: www.london.gov.uk/gifts/urban-renewal