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Create London commissioned to produce major arts & regeneration project for Glasgow 2014 Culture Programme

Press Release16 July, 2013

Create London commissioned to produce major arts & regeneration project for Glasgow 2014 Culture Programme

  • Leading east London arts producers Create London commissioned to                             renovate derelict site in Dalmarnock, east Glasgow
  • Cultural success in east London during the Olympics leads to a major                                  new project for the east end of Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.
  • ‘Making the Most of Dalmarnock’ will see public art area created                                       where local children and the wider community can play and learn

 

Create London, associate producers of the Barbican and leading east London arts commissioners and producers, are set to use their five years experience of working with leading artists and east London communities to deliver a public arts project in Dalmanock for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Culture Programme.

Set up as part of London 2012, and producing and commissioning socially engaged projects in east London for the past five years, Create London have been working to spread the benefits of being home to Europe's largest cultural quarter to the people who live in east London. 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, which is sponsored by Deutsche Bank, has worked for the past five years to bridge the traditional divisions of class, culture, education and social background between the 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 played a vital role in the continued economic regeneration of east London. In recognition of this work, and Create London’s central role in the success in east London of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, the organisation has been commissioned by Glasgow 2014 to transform a derelict site in vicinity of the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the east end of Glasgow with a permanent artwork as part of VELOCITY.

For Making the Most of Dalmanock, Create London and  Assemble, a practice of artists, designers and architects, will work with local children and the wider community to create a new outdoor area that can be used for play and learning.  VELOCITY is a partnership between Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, Creative Scotland and Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company which aims to link citywide creative activity to communities through a public art programme.

Taking inspiration from alternative education practice and with a focus on the child’s role in the community, Create London and Assemble will create a new playground which will work as an outdoor classroom where children learn through exploration, experimentation and play. Local children will be collaborators in the development of the space and Assemble, together with the students of the First Steps Future Skills Centre, will develop a series of high quality and permanent improvements to the space. Whilst focused on play, the space will offer amenity to adults and elderly people as well as children.

Ruth Mackenzie, board member of Create London and former Director of the London 2012 Festival & Cultural Olympiad, said: “It’s a fantastic legacy of London 2012 that Create London is recongised for commissioning great artists to deliver projects that bring social and economic benefits to local communities. The commission for Glasgow will take this model to a national level and I would congratulate Hadrian Garrard and the whole Create London team for their success.”

Hadrian Garrard, Director, Create London, said: “We’re very proud that our model for commissioning artists and producers to deliver art projects which really connect with communities has been recognised and we can take this model forward to work in Glasgow working with our long term collaborators Assemble. Create London always looks to demonstrate the social and economic benefits of art, and this project is an ambitious example of that.”

Create London’s 2013 programme includes producing the Open East Festival; a weekend of family arts celebration to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park co-produced with the Barbican, a series of screenings of classic Alfred Hitchcock films in unusual places across the London borough where Hitchcock was born - Waltham Forest, a new artist residency with Chisenhale Gallery which will sees artist Edward Thomasson work with untrained actors from east London to develop a live performance this summer, a ‘School of the Imagination’ in east London as part of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Create Art Award 2013, and the opening of Open School East this September - a non- fee paying art school and communal space set up to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and collaborative opportunities between artists, local residents and neighbourhood organisations in the heart of East London.

Create London have commissioned major projects for 2013 including new interactive theatre production Bank On It which opens up the world of economics to children and is co-commissioned with the Barbican, bringing Imeda Staunton, Toby Jones and the Royal Court to an east London community centre to perform Mirror, Circle, Transformation, the opening of Blackhorse Workshop; a place where local residents, artists, designers and DIY-ers can make, mend and learn in Waltham Forest, a new digital interactive film and performance commission from Hannah Perry called Have A Nice Day, a series of commissions for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in partnership with The Architecture Foundation called Emerging East Commissions, The Paper Architect; a site specific theatre performance and workshop series co-commissioned with the Barbican which explores the craft of paper cutting and video projections, and the Create London Talks Programme which will provide an opportunity to examine some of the issues and possibilities of working in the public domain for artists, curators, funders and audiences alike.

The programme is underpinned by Create Jobs, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities for local young people.

Find out more information about Create London visit www.createlondon.org.

Contacts

For further information / Use of pictures from previous Create London & Assemble projects / Interviews with Hadrian Garrard

Cult.Brand:                    +44(0)20 7749 6850

Paul Woodmansey:       paul.woodmansey@cultbrand.co.uk

Emily Airton:                 emily.airton@cultbrand.co.uk

Editor’s Notes

About Deutsche Bank – the main sponsor of Create London 2013 seasonAt Deutsche Bank we consider our commitment and contribution to the arts and culture integral to our Corporate Citizenship approach. We believe that creativity is vital to culture; it enriches lives and provides new perspectives, and should be accessible to all.

As one of the largest employers in the City of London, we are proud to be the main sponsor of Create which bridges the creative community and the local residents in East London to drive social and economic change. Through a new experiential approach, Create provides the perfect platform to exchange and develop creative ideas, supporting one-off as well as longer-term multi-disciplinary art projects.

In making the arts accessible, Create is making a vital contribution not only to local communities but to the UK’s vibrant arts scene. We are proud to be part of this. To learn more about this year’s exciting programme of events, to sign up for free tickets or to volunteer at one of its commissions, visit createlondon.org.

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About Create LondonCreate London is supported by main sponsor Deutsche Bank, Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, City Bridge Trust and the six Growth Boroughs.  Create London is an associate partner of the Barbican

Producing and commissioning socially engaged projects in east London for the past four years, Create London exists to spread the benefits of the artistic and creative community of east London to local people. Create London commissions 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 London Jobs, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities and for local young people.

For more info go to http://www.createlondon.org/, or find us on Twitter

 

 

 

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