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Cover photography: East End, Rio Club, 1968. © David Bailey


Retouching by Opposite: Photography by Max Knight


Walking into Poplar Baths, a 1930s hulk of

encouraging constructive change and social progress. We continue to support

a building on the East India Dock Road, is an

artists and creative organisations in taking their work outside the confines of

extraordinary experience. Closed to the public

the studio or gallery, and to meet and connect with local communities.

for over 25 years, the empty pools, vaulted ceilings and tiled corridors tell a compelling story

Over the past five years, we have worked hard to make sure that some of

of life in east London. The building, as well as

the most exciting cultural and arts events for London 2012 take place in the

being a fully functioning public baths, was used

boroughs hosting the games, and that they offer access and involvement for

for concerts, dances, theatre and even boxing

local residents. Alongside our commissioned projects, listed in this guide, we

fights up until the 1960s. We are very proud to

are proud to have worked with the BBC to conceive the BBC Radio 1 Hackney

be opening it once again this summer, as a home

Weekend 2012, which will provide free tickets to over 50,000 local people.

for newly commissioned, spectacular Anthea

We are equally pleased to see that our support for the London Pleasure

Hamilton and Nicholas Byrne sculptures as part of Frieze Projects East.

Gardens has led to its three-year development in the Royal Docks, as a new

Through this ambitious art project, two years in the making, local people

festival site for London that will host landmark events this summer and over

and visitors will once again enjoy access to an unseen part of London and

the coming years. And we are very proud that seven of our commissioned

be inspired by the building’s rich history and possibilities for the future.

projects are part of the national London 2012 Festival. These major events are listed inside, alongside our commissions, and represent the breadth of the

2012 represents our most substantial and ambitious programme to date. In

work we have delivered in the lead-up to this summer.

this, a very special year, we are proud and excited to present a series of major new projects and special events across east London, all of which extend the

At a time when the concept of “legacy” is hard to grasp and loaded with

possibilities around participation in art, culture and artistic exploration of our

political nuance, we have developed our own approach, which we believe

city. Each of our projects invites and encourages active participation in many

makes sense to locals and visitors to east London. CREATE is here to stay –

forms, and the programme is underpinned by work placements, jobs for

we are now planning our programme for the summer of 2013 and we will

young people, volunteering opportunities and affordable or free tickets for

shortly be launching several new, long-term projects that will last well beyond

local residents.

the celebrations of 2012. We believe the future success of our part of the city relies in no small part on its ability to remain a creative, diverse community

CREATE works with artists and creative organisations, locally and internationally,

that is full of ideas. CREATE will continue to support and encourage this

on an annual programme that stems from, supports, and reflects the strength

success long after 2012.

and breadth of our exceptional creative community. This summer sees projects taking place in the most unexpected of spaces – from children’s playgrounds and hotel ballrooms to abandoned office blocks and the new docklands in

Have a great summer.

the east of the city. The conviction behind CREATE is in the power of art and

Hadrian Garrard

creativity to offer new perspectives on our daily lives, provoking debate and


“Innovative thinking, energy and passion: Deutsche Bank has more in common with the home-grown talent of CREATE than you might think. We are delighted to be backing a festival that harnesses the power of creativity and combines it with the great diversity of London to celebrate the inspiring, world-class talent that exists on our doorstep. CREATE is now firmly embedded in the annual calendar of ‘must-see’ events and we are proud to be the main sponsor.” Colin Grassie, CEO, Deutsche Bank UK

Catherine Bailey, Royal Docks, east London, 1983. © David Bailey




Bailey has photographed stars from the Beatles to Damien Hirst

HG: You watched a lot of films at that time?

and continues to shoot for titles including Vogue, Vanity Fair and

DB: Not so much then – the war was on, the sirens were always

i-D. Now he has returned to the stomping grounds of his youth to

going off and you had to leave the cinema. But from about ’48

present photographs of east London streets and their inhabitants,

to ’55 I went to the cinema a lot. You never knew where the

from the early 1960s to the present day. David Bailey’s East End

cinema was – I never knew if we were in East Ham, West Ham,

features many previously unseen photographs and provides a rare

Upton Park or Stratford. The only place you knew was different

opportunity to see east London’s ongoing transformation through

was Wanstead, because it had lots of trees, and it wasn’t really

the lens of a local icon. The exhibition takes place in an historic

part of the East End. Everyone’s buried there – it’s where all

building in the Royal Docks, which was the largest manmade

the Cockneys are buried, in [the City of] London Cemetery at

docks in the world when construction began 150 years ago.

Wanstead. My mum’s in there.

Here, Bailey talks to CREATE director Hadrian Garrard about

HG: I was going to ask you about being self-taught. There are

growing up in, and coming back to, the East End.

a lot of people who are going to find it hard to pay college and university fees at the moment. Have you got any advice

Hadrian Garrard: How did you go about selecting pictures for

for them?

this show, which covers such a long period of time?

DB: Just keep doing it – you have to find a way. It’s no good

David Bailey: It covers almost 60 years. The earliest is from

saying it’s not fair. I think if you’ve got talent and you stick at it,

1961. I chose these pictures knowing there were three bursts

you’ll come through. I’ve always said that the only thing they

of energy – the ’60s, the ’80s and now. So I decided just to

can’t teach you at art school is art.

concentrate on those three moments in time.

HG: So did you find, being self-taught and coming from the East

HG: The picture we’re using for the cover of this newspaper –

End, you had to fight your way in?

two women having a drink and a laugh. Can you tell me a bit

DB: It was bloody awful. If you had an accent like mine, you

more about those two?

were told to leave the parcel with the receptionist. You were

DB: It was one of the Krays’ clubs, the Rio. I remember the

automatically the messenger. But things like that didn’t bother

wallpaper. They were just there, hanging about. The Sunday

me. I don’t really care what people think. I’m also dyslexic,

Times asked me to live with the Krays for a couple of weeks. So

which is worse than you think. I’d have to think twice about how

I agreed because I knew them anyway. I’d already photographed

to spell photography. I know it now because I’ve seen it so many

them for my Box of Pin-Ups [1964]. So I did all these pictures of

times, but reading to me is memory. It’s got nothing to do with

Ron and Reg in their safe house, and then they got arrested so we

the words; I just remember what the words look like.

couldn’t use the story. So, the Times phoned up to see if I’d done

HG: So how important do you think it is to try to break the rules

other stuff down the East End. And that’s what those pictures are.

and do things your own way?

HG: You mentioned that you’ve got pictures you took as a child

DB: I don’t think you can help it.

of your parents, one of which is in the show. What’s your earliest

HG: As an artist?

memory of the East End?

DB: As anybody – I think especially as a kid. That’s why you

DB: I remember from when I was about three and a half. The

shouldn’t be too down on kids that get into trouble, like with

first time we were bombed in Leytonstone, we were down in

the riots and so on, because it’s an age thing as well. Something

the shelter. I remember going back into the house and all the

happens with the brain from 15 to about 26, where you’ve not

glass on the floor. I remember my mother being angry with my

really got much logic.

father because he’d gone down the pub and he’d banged up the windows and didn’t bang up the front and back doors, so people could just walk in, and I remember them arguing. HG: I read that you were upset that your local cinema at Upton Park had been bombed. DB: I saw Bambi there, you know, and Mickey Mouse. I was upset because I thought Hitler had killed off all my favourite cartoon characters.

“If you had an accent like mine, you were told to leave the parcel with the receptionist. You were automatically the messenger”


Green St, 2007. © David Bailey

“I liked developing the film – I wasn’t interested in what I was taking, particularly. It was the idea that you could do this in this coffee liquid stuff and the picture came out. It still amazes me”

HG: So do you think breaking the rules is kind of a necessary

about it being easier coming from the East End. People don’t

part of development as an artist?

realise how poor it was. I mean, we never starved, but my dad

DB: No, I don’t think that at all. I think it has to be natural. You

was kind of a jack-the-lad. He had a big razor scar.

can’t say, right, I’m going to get up today and break some rules.

HG: How did he get that?

Just be true to yourself.

DB: In a fight in Hackney, outside the Empire. He had a club

HG: So you picked up a camera at a young age?

too, a little club on the top of a factory off Mare Street. Hackney

DB: It started with a science teacher. He gave me some

Wick is where my grandmother worked. She was a cleaner;

chemicals and showed me how to process photographs in a

worked in a pub ’til she was 90. Smoked 60 cigarettes and drank

dish and that was when I started – I guess I was about 12. I just

a bottle of gin every day.

took my mother’s camera out – a box Brownie. I didn’t do it

HG: Are you going to the Olympics?

for any other reason than I liked developing the film. I wasn’t

DB: I’m going to be in Devon, enjoying the peace and quiet. I’ve

interested in what I was taking, particularly. It was the idea that

been to the Olympics before. My dad took me to see a football

you could do this in this coffee liquid stuff and the picture came

match in the 1948 Olympics – England vs India. I remember

out. It still amazes me.

being impressed that the Indian players didn’t have football

HG: You’re still doing it, aren’t you – you’ve been in the

boots – they played in bare feet.

darkroom for the last few weeks, developing the pictures for

HG: Is there anything you want to say about the show? What

the show?

should people expect; what do you want them to look out for?

DB: Yeah. I’m still using the same kind of camera, too. I still

DB: I think they’re going to expect Mick Jagger and Jean

use lots of 5x4 and plate cameras, which is the same principle.

Shrimpton, aren’t they? They’re going to get old bombed

Nothing changes really.

buildings. I think it will be a good show. A great show.

HG: So you’re taking someone to the East End for the night, and they’ve never been to London before – where would you go? DB: I’d probably end up at Chan’s in East Ham. It’s been there since 1941. That’s the first restaurant I ever went to in my life and it’s still run by the same family. I went there last year and it’s still got a cutting on the wall from the Telegraph, you know, “People’s favourite restaurants”. I said it was my favourite restaurant in London. People probably expected me to pick the Ivy or somewhere, but I went for Chan’s. HG: And you were born a few streets away from Alfred Hitchcock’s house? DB: Yeah, in Leytonstone. Lots of people claim to be from the East End and aren’t. Lord Lichfield once said to me, “It’s much easier coming from your background than it is from mine.” I

WHEN 6 July-5 August, Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm; Thursday-Friday until 9.30pm WHERE Compressor House, Dockside Road, Royal Docks, E16 2QD, Newham Nearest station: Royal Albert (DLR) PRICE £6, £4 concs, free for Newham residents, advance booking recommended Win a pair of tickets to the exhibition! Just email your answer to Ticket giveaway question: In which London borough was David Bailey born?

said, “You’re mad – nobody in East Ham knows somebody at Vogue, but half your family probably work there.” All that rubbish

Supported by the London Borough of Newham.


WHEN 19-26 July & 15 August-19 September, from 7pm WHERE Empire House, Stratford, E15, Newham PRICE £20, sold out with limited availability for local residents and via competitions in July. Visit createlondon. org for a chance to win tickets


“The theatrical experience of my life. Exhilarating, scary, brilliant, breathtaking and SO original”—Stephen Fry, 2011 From the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Express

Sean Raggett

Enter the parallel universe of the award-winning theatrical production company. This cult hit caused a sensation in 2010, when artists Kate Bond

This year’s show takes place in Stratford, where CREATE, You Me

and Morgan Lloyd won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for

Bum Bum Train and Theatre Royal Stratford East have encouraged

Outstanding Newcomer and the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre

local residents to apply for hard-to-get tickets and to volunteer to

Trust Award. This year, You Me Bum Bum Train returns with a

be part of the cast, as Jonathan Ross, Jamie Oliver and Catherine

new work, once again co-commissioned by the Barbican and

Tate did in December 2011. Young carpentry and building

CREATE. In an exhilarating and participatory adventure, you, as

apprentices, and CREATE Jobs programme participants, have

the sole audience member, become a passenger journeying

helped to build sets and contribute towards the production.

through a maze of live scenes featuring over 200 performers. You will be catapulted into one unimaginable situation after another before returning to the outside world, breathless, invigorated and inspired.

Produced by You Me Bum Bum Train. Co-commissioned by the Barbican and CREATE. Presented in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East. Supported by Arts Council England, Canary Wharf Group and Stratford Renaissance Partnership. Part of the London 2012 Festival. Subject to licence.




Aerial view of complex All courtesy Andrew Merritt, Something & Son

Spa ice room

Spa relaxation garden


“An intriguing role model at a time of growing interest in environmental and social design”—the New York Times on Something & Son, 2011

Massage and treatment room

Bar with cucumber canopy ceiling


The Bathhouse also runs a varied events

the hugely successful FARM:shop in Dalston, in

in mind, so that after it closes, the pods can be

programme – from philosophical talks to

which a fully functioning farm has been created in

relocated individually or together for continued

chocolate-making workshops, plus laughter

a disused shop. Its approach for the Bathhouse is

use by the local community.

yoga, clowning workshops and comedy nights,

Something & Son is the design practice behind

its ethos is to cultivate happiness and wellbeing.

rooted in a long history of British inquisitiveness and experimentation, and reflects its passion for social

For the ultimate in indulgence, the Bathhouse

enterprise, sustainability, engineering and art.

combines a spa with a bar. A series of massage and treatment rooms lead to a traditional sauna

The Bathhouse revives the spirit of Barking’s

and a cold room lined with ice blocks, bringing

former Bathhouse, which, before closing in 1986

traditional bathhouse rituals into the experi-

after 87 years of operation, catered for the health

ence. Massages, body treatments, manicures and

of thousands of local people and even hosted

pedicures are all offered, and Something & Son

events, dinners and dances until the 1960s. The

has worked with local beauticians and gardeners

6,000-square-foot new structure is inspired by

to develop natural treatments that use produce

both 20th-century working men’s bathhouses

from local allotments. In the relaxation area, spa

and ultra-modern spas, and combines modern

visitors will be able to socialise and sunbathe on

spa technologies with functional design that

loungers in seaside-inspired pebble bays under

draws on Barking’s industrial heritage, the black-

an open roof, whilst in the bar, they can sip

stained timber farm buildings of Essex and the

healthy cocktails and smoothies under a canopy

wooden beach huts of Kent. Its raw aesthetic

of cucumber vines that also provide the raw

challenges traditional notions of luxury whilst

materials for treatments next door. Shingle dunes

creating a blissful space to relax, and its pod-

provide the perfect space to relax and unwind

based design, which was prefabricated and

between treatments.

WHEN 13 July-9 September WHERE Axe Street, IG11 7LX, Barking & Dagenham Nearest station: Barking PRICE Public areas free; prices vary for treatments and cocktails. Visit to book and for a chance to win tickets and free treatments

CREATE in partnership with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham and the Mayor of London. Part of the London 2012 Festival. The Outer London Fund, launched by the Mayor in 2011, is a three-year initiative dedicated to strengthening the vibrancy and growth of high streets and their environs.




The Scottish artist Ruth Ewan is less someone who makes things than

Liberties of the Savoy will enable participants to develop crucial skills. The group

someone who makes things happen. She is a collector and an organiser, often

overseeing entertainment will research what makes a festival successful and how

preferring to work together rather than alone. A short list of the groups Ewan

to organise a large-scale event. Other groups will work with a range of experts,

has worked with would include town criers, buskers and a boat club in east

from pastry chefs to professors, flower arrangers to graphic designers. Along the

London. Once she enlisted a pandemonium of parrots.

way, with the help of their mentors, these groups will learn about the history that has occurred where the hotel now stands.

Ewan is interested in the ways in which people come together, and what happens when they do. The groups on which she focuses might be united

When the Savoy opened on the Strand in 1889, it boasted electric lighting,

by politics or by punk, by folk music or by times of revolution. In fact, many

elevators and hot running water – all rare at the time. Since then, guests

of Ewan’s research-driven works suggest that these things aren’t really that

have included everyone from Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe to U2 and

separate. Music is one element common to many of her projects. She has, for

George Clooney. But far before modern times, even 1,000 years ago, the

example, compiled more than 2,000 protest songs from all over the world, from

area was still one of London’s most desirable locations. In medieval England,

Hebrew music to Delta blues, and organised them into a jukebox, a musical

it was because the Strand was removed from the frequent fires of the City

archive of dissent. Like all her work, these songs are full of stories – the kind

to the east, and from the once-dangerous theatre district on the south bank

that people have been telling since stories began to be told. They deal with love

of the river, now home to institutions such as Tate Modern and a working

and loss, with happiness and inequality.

replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Ewan’s work pulls and prods at the ways in which historical events affect the

Towards the end of the Middle Ages, in 1381, the Savoy Palace, where the

ways we live today. To do this, she often starts by researching an event or a

hotel now stands, was burnt to the ground in the Peasants’ Revolt, marking

place or a song, which then leads to all kinds of different works: sculptures

the beginning of the end of English serfdom. Whilst this popular rebellion may

and videos, music, archives, drawings. Often, she focuses on very small things

feel distant, its causes share some ground with those that have sparked the

– the daily details we take for granted. Last year, she made a series of clocks

protests and riots seen across Europe in recent years. Although the Peasants’

that told decimal time (they were numbered 1-10, rather than 1-12) and hung

Revolt failed, it captured the public imagination and came to be seen as the

them around the seaside town of Folkestone. This work, We Could Have Been

start of the Renaissance era, in which we begin to recognise the seeds of our

Anything That We Wanted to Be, was based on a short-lived timing system that

society today.

existed during the French Revolution, around the birth of the metric system itself. So Ewan’s interest is in how stories and events can stick to habits, songs

In the century or two following the Peasants’ Revolt, the area became known

and places. Once we know some of these tales, we might think about a certain

as the Precinct of the Savoy. This exclusive zone had a different set of laws

place – and our relationship to it – quite differently.

from the rest of the city. It is from here that the title of Ewan’s project comes: “Liberties of the Savoy” referred to the special rights granted to the neigh-

A good example of this is her new project, Liberties of the Savoy, which involves

bourhood’s residents. As recently as the 19th century, debtors were said to

more than 200 young people from seven schools across east London. Each

have stayed in the Precinct without fear of arrest. Soon after the hotel was

group will work with a mentor to organise a day of entertainment and fine

opened, towards the end of the 19th century, its balcony was painted by

dining in the Lancaster Ballroom at the Savoy, west London, the city’s oldest

Claude Monet. While there may no longer be parties involving gondolas and

luxury hotel. But this is quite different from the usual festival or concert: here,

baby elephants, as there were 100 years ago, the Savoy is still a symbol of

every aspect of the day will be planned by its participants – from the menu

opulence and exclusivity. This area of west London holds the key to stories

to live music to visuals to transport. This process will also be recorded in a

that are extremely relevant in an era of a growing gap between the poor and

documentary and a book, which will provide background and contextual

the very rich.

material – permanent accounts of a temporary event. Liberties of the Savoy is a community project of a kind, encouraging participants Opposite: the Lancaster Ballroom at the Savoy Left: The Murder of Simon Sudbury during the Peasants’ Revolt by Dana, year 9, Lammas School and Sports College. Produced as part of Ruth Ewan’s Liberties of the Savoy

to become acquainted with the historical back story of an area that remains starkly different from the rest of the UK. It is also being produced during a key period of flux for the capital: the year of the Olympics, when all eyes are on east London. The neighbourhoods that surround the Olympic Park are some of the city’s most deprived; the Strand, only seven miles to the west, is a world apart. Liberties of the Savoy considers how the roots of 21st-century London might be understood though research and collective activity. The central questions the project poses may be these: who is London “for” and who can access it? What might the fragments of the past tell us about our world today, and what we might do to change how we live now?

The CREATE Art Award is the largest participatory art award in the UK and is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Now in its fourth year, it helps artists living or working in the London 2012 host boroughs to deliver new public art commissions as part of CREATE’s summer programme. The award aims to open exciting opportunities for artists to work with their neighbours. Last year’s winner was Folly for a Flyover by Assemble, which was shortlisted for a Design Museum Design of the Year Award and the Condé Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Awards 2012.


SACRILEGE JEREMY DELLER TALKS TO 2010 CREATE ART AWARD WINNER ROBIN TURNER ABOUT HOLOGRAMS, MONOLITHS AND MESSIAHS I’d be wary of saying that 2012 is Jeremy Deller’s year, as implicit in that phrase is the thought that next year won’t be. Maybe it’s better to say that 2012 will be the year that he finally laid to rest the hackneyed question, “But is it art?” Over 80,000 people saw the Londoner’s mid-career retrospective Joy in People at the Hayward Gallery earlier this year, and he has been announced as the 2013 representative for the UK at the Venice Biennale. Meanwhile, his new travelling project, Sacrilege, recreates Stonehenge as a bouncy castle. Sacrilege is touring the UK as part of the London 2012 Festival and CREATE is presenting its London premiere.

ROBIN TURNER: What’s the relationship between

that plan. The idea was always to do it life-sized.

Sacrilege and the failed Olympic project that’s

You don’t truly get an impression of their scale

shown at the end of Joy in People?

unless you stand amongst them. If you’re experi-

JEREMY DELLER: The failed project idea was

encing them whilst walking around the perimeter,

different from Sacrilege in that it was an actual

you can’t work out the enormity of it. Lots of the

stone gateway to the Olympic Park. They were

stones are as big as houses.

going to be menhirs, huge blocks signalling the

RT: Tell me about the name.

entrance. The people behind the park asked lots

JD: I came up with Sacrilege thinking I might as

of artists for ideas on how to make the entrance

well get any implied criticism in first. I thought it

interesting. I wanted to make it feel like an ancient

was funny to call it that as I assumed that people

monument. When they changed the brief, I

would be up in arms. As it happened, I didn’t end up

didn’t get it. Sacrilege is something I’d spoken

getting any hate Twittering or anything like that. I’ve

to Hadrian [Garrard, director of CREATE] about

had a lot of sniping in the past, but this time it was

three years ago. The people behind the Glasgow

all very positive.

Festival then picked up on the idea, as did the

RT: How do you view the Olympics as a canvas for

Mayor of London’s office. The two projects have

artists to work on?

clear similarities but the execution would have

JD: I think it’s a tricky time. If you’re doing anything

been very different. One of the things I love about

interesting in 2012, it will almost certainly be

the Stonehenge idea – both with the gateways

adopted by the Olympics in some way. I think

and Sacrilege – is the fact that people get so

in general people want the Games to be bril-

wrapped up in British identity yet we have no

liant because they’re in our hometown. It can and

RT: How important is London to you as an artist?

actual idea what British identity actually is. It’s an

should be a force for good, but lots of the stories

JD: I was born here, my parents were born here,

ever-evolving idea. Stonehenge is one of Britain’s

about it seem so negative. Maybe art helps make

their parents were born here – on both sides.

most iconic images but we’ll never understand

it a bit better. For me, the real positive about the

We’ve traced our family tree back to about 1830,

what it was used for, when it was built, what its

Olympics will be if you’re in London wandering

to around Whitechapel. Parts of the family lived in

purpose was. Like British identity itself, it’s up for

around the parks, seeing the free stuff.

Shoreditch back when it was a slum. They gradu-


RT: When Sacrilege comes to town, anyone of any

ally moved south. That’s not quite answering your

RT: So why build it as a bouncy castle?

age can take part; anyone can access it.

question but it explains a little about my rela-

JD: I’ve wanted to make a bouncy structure for

JD: One of the main thoughts behind Sacrilege – as

tionship with the city. I think after a while living

some time. The idea was to make versions of

well as it being free to go on – was that we didn’t

somewhere, you become part of some sort of

buildings or spaces that for whatever reason were

want to announce where it’s going to be until the

ecosystem. And I think as regards the arts, that’s

inaccessible to the British public. A royal palace, or

day before. That way it retains an element of surprise

definitely the case. So in that respect, London has

Menwith Hill, near Harrogate, which has these huge

and wonder. What I hope is that if it turns up in busy

been hugely important to me. Also, London is a

RAF listening stations that provide intelligence for

places – as it’s due to – that most people only find

very open city – people are accepting and inter-

the States. Stonehenge always figured as part of

out about it when they happen upon it.

ested in experiencing things.

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Angela Catlin

RT: Say you’ve been put in charge of the Olympic

the line-up for the opening gig in Hyde Park, it

opening-night gig in Hyde Park. Who do you book?

looks like whoever books it doesn’t either.

JD: I’d definitely want David Bowie to come out of retirement and play some kind of epic 10-hour set. Ideally, he’d play every album until about 1981, chronologically. If I had my way, he’d return, Messiah-like, to be dropped from the skies onto the stage. Maybe you could put the odd hologram in there, Tupac-style. Freddie Mercury could do “Under Pressure” with him. It would be

WHEN & WHERE Surprise locations across east London from 21 July Be the first to find out where by following @createlondon on Twitter and visiting Also look out for Jeremy Deller’s project Bats in Space, profiled on page 33.

amazing if he came on at the proper opening ceremony and did just one song, unannounced. For so many people that would be a bigger deal than the Olympics itself. I don’t know enough about modern music though. Actually, looking at

Co-commissioned with the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the Mayor of London. Supported by Arts Council England and English Heritage. Sacrilege will be appearing across London and the UK – visit for details.



WHEN 5 July, 6-10pm WHERE Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4JF, Waltham Forest PRICE Free ticketed event; visit for more information

© Mark Allen

Waltham Forest Council brings you Urban Classic: as part of The Big 6 events, Fazer, Ms. Dynamite, Devlin and Skepta meet the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley.

Following their sell-out performance at the Barbican, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra, the four urban artists will collaborate and perform together, as well as seeing

At the genre-busting musical extravaganza Urban Classic,

their hits and new material interpreted by the BBC Symphony

the modern urban stylings of N-Dubz producer Fazer, multiple

Orchestra, arranged by Jason Yarde and Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

Brit and MOBO award winner Ms. Dynamite, Essex grime artist

Fans of both classical and urban music will be treated to a thrilling

Devlin and London MC Skepta fuse with the world-renowned

mash-up of styles and possibilities, against the stunning backdrop

BBC Symphony Orchestra. The performance is conducted by

of the historic art deco Waltham Forest Town Hall.

Jules Buckley, fresh from last year’s celebrated collaboration with Basement Jaxx and the Metropole Orkest, the world’s largest fulltime jazz-pop ensemble, where he is principal guest conductor.

Waltham Forest Council’s Big 6 events. Supported by CREATE. Produced by Bigga Fish and Serious in partnership with the Barbican.


WHEN & WHERE 26 June, 7pm, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS; 19 July, 7pm, Sugarhouse Studios, 107 High Street, Stratford, E15 2QQ, Newham PRICE £5-10.50

CREATE has commissioned three short films about east London, which capture a unique moment in time as the area undergoes the most significant changes in its history.

LONDON: HIDDEN CITY SEVEN SUMMERS: SAINT ETIENNE PRESENTS A FILM BY PAUL KELLY In the summer of 2005, director Paul Kelly spent three weeks with the band Saint Etienne, filming in the Lower Lea Valley. They captured an area that would soon be transformed from an industrial wasteland into the Olympic Park. Then, it was still heavily polluted and largely deserted, but rich in history: the few square miles between Bow and Hackney Wick were the birthplace of the modern petrol and plastic industries. Now the

The films, by Paul Kelly & Saint Etienne, Michael Smith & Wojciech

area is unrecognisable. Using new and unseen footage, and with

Duczmal, and Eva Weber, trace the artists’ personal journeys through

the Olympics imminent, Seven Summers looks back on what has

the Olympic boroughs. London has been a source of influence,

been lost, what has been gained, and what the future holds for the

inspiration and curiosity throughout all these artists’ careers, and

Lower Lea Valley.

the series London: Hidden City mixes fact and fiction, capturing the

Paul Kelly is a film director, author and designer. In collaboration

spaces between landmarks and the areas Londoners inhabit.

with the band Saint Etienne, he has made three films: Finisterre (2002), What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? (2005) and This


Is Tomorrow (2007) as well as several of his own films, including

Lost in London is a love story between a person and a place.

Lawrence of Belgravia (2011).

Michael Smith and Wojciech Duczmal have collaborated on several documentaries for the BBC, and this film is Smith’s


personal and poetic response to the unique spirit of place that

A contemplative study in movement and sound, Night, Peace takes

charges the East End, where he has lived for many years. Smith

the viewer into the London night to explore the eerie isolation and

takes the viewer on a wander through the fabric of the city,

fragile peace of a nocturnal urban landscape that is imprinted with

composed of memories as much as bricks and mortar. It is a

the echoes and resonances of daytime life. Beautifully composed

complex, bittersweet romance between an individual and his city.

imagery traces out a journey past sleeping buildings and empty

Michael Smith is an author, broadcaster and filmmaker and is best

Tube trains, through reflections of light and shadow playing on

known for Citizen Smith, a series examining what it means to be

the river, and soars high above the abstract maze of the city, as

English (BBC4, 2008) and Michael Smith’s Drivetime, a six-part

glimpses of spaces and lives normally invisible to us are revealed.

road movie exploring the cultural impact of the car (BBC4, 2009).

Eva Weber is an award-winning filmmaker whose work includes the

He has published The Giro Playboy (Faber and Faber 2006) and is

short documentaries The Intimacy of Strangers, City of Cranes and

a regular presenter on the BBC Culture Show.

The Solitary Life of Cranes.

Still from Night, Peace by Eva Weber



They have been created by Can Altay, Sarnath Banerjee, Ruth

walks and workshops, exploring the hidden histories around

Ewan, Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne, Gary Webb and Klaus

the project sites and offering opportunities to have tea with the

Weber – artists from around the globe who nevertheless share a

artists. There are also reminiscence workshops for older people

personal connection to east London. Curated by Sarah McCrory,

and downloadable resources for families and schools – visit the

the works engage local residents and visitors in a variety of ways,

website for more information.

from a sculpture that is also a playground to a cartoon strip in local free newspapers. Running alongside is a series of free talks,

Curated and produced by the Frieze Foundation. Commissioned by CREATE and the London 2012 Festival.

CREATE - 17 Previous projects by commissioned artists. Opposite: Klaus Weber, Fountain Loma Dr / W 6th St, Los Angeles (2002). Courtesy the artist and Herald St, London

This page, left: Can Altay, PARK: bir ihtimal (2010). With Nils Norman, Ceren Oykut, Sinek Sekiz and the Park Collective. © the artist and courtesy Arcade, London

Centre: Nicholas Byrne & Anthea Hamilton, Calypsos (2009). Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy the artists and Studio Voltaire

Right: Gary Webb, Billybob and Meshki (2008). Courtesy the artist and the approach, London



With delightful serendipity, over 20 large, mirror

Poplar Baths comes alive with large, brightly

ball-like sculptures by Istanbul-based Can Altay

coloured inflatable sculptures by the London-

will be quietly placed on doors in buildings

based team Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne.

across Waltham Forest, to be touched and

The installation references both Robert Indiana’s

used by anyone who might happen upon them.

iconic, endlessly reproduced 1970 sculpture

Altay has also produced a series of pamphlets

LOVE, and the art deco language of the building

exploring the relationship between public art

itself (though it was first opened in 1852, a 1933

and public service, which will be distributed

rebuild established it as a vibrant bathhouse, music

locally. The William Morris Gallery will host Altay

hall and theatre), via influences from advertising,

for a temporary residence in August, when he

popular culture, psychedelia and a cheeky

will offer workshops and talks that discuss and

sexuality. The project will allow visitors rare access

record people’s reactions to the pieces. Spanning

to Poplar Baths’ spectacular interior, which has

architecture, art, design and social commentary

been closed to the public since 1988.

and often taking the form of research projects or installations, Altay’s work explores individuals’ relationships with their urban environments.


GARY WEBB: SQUEAKY CLEAN Children, and the young at heart, can look forward to climbing and swinging on a structure by Londonbased Gary Webb that is being erected in Charlton Park. Built from steamed wood, polished aluminum and brightly coloured cast resin, the work, which

Posters, billboards, hoardings and local newspa-

is a permanent addition to the park, is both a

pers throughout the host boroughs will be filled

large-scale public sculpture and a modular-style

with Sarnath Banerjee’s bold graphic illustrations.

playground. Webb’s work combines the traditions of

His humorous narratives draw on the history

20th-century sculpture and the synthetic materials

of competitive sport, from the personal to the

and methods of the modern design industry, with

universal, and the local to the international. Tales

idiosyncratic, fantastical results.

of his own failed forays into amateur sports, and of better-known partial successes in Olympic history, tap into a collective consciousness of sporting near misses, offering witty and poignant resonance for local communities and visitors to the London 2012 games. Banerjee is based in New Delhi and Berlin, and his work centres on shared experience and his Indian background and culture. Produced with support from the Canary Wharf Group.

RUTH EWAN: LIBERTIES OF THE SAVOY CREATE Art Award 2012 winner Ruth Ewan’s work, Liberties of the Savoy, is featured on page 10.

KLAUS WEBER: SANDFOUNTAIN In a playful comment on nature and artifice, Klaus Weber’s Sandfountain is a conventional threetiered ornamental fountain engineered to spout sand rather than water. Berlin-based Weber creates humorous, anarchic work that highlights humans’ precarious relationship with the natural world. His modified and hybrid interventions gently disrupt everyday reality. Following pages: Sarnath Banerjee, Prof Kanawa’s Judo Lab (2012). Part of Gallery of Losers (non performers, almost winners, underachievers, almost made its)

EXHIBITIONS Gary Webb: Squeaky Clean WHEN From 16 July WHERE Charlton Park, Charlton Park Lane, SE7 8QS, Greenwich Sarnath Banerjee: Gallery of Losers (non performers, almost winners, under-achievers, almost made-its) WHEN 25 June-26 August WHERE Across all six boroughs; for locations visit the website Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne: LOVE WHEN 18 July-31 August, Wednesday-Sunday 12-7pm WHERE Poplar Baths, East India Dock Road, E14 0EH, Tower Hamlets Klaus Weber: Sandfountain WHEN 18 July-31 August, Wednesday-Sunday 12-7pm WHERE 5 Sugar House Lane, E15 2QS, Newham Can Altay: Distributed WHEN: 26 July-31 August, Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm WHERE: William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, E17 4PP, Waltham Forest EVENTS Culture Now: Sarah McCrory in conversation with Can Altay and Anthea Hamilton & Nicholas Byrne WHEN: 6 July, 1pm WHERE: ICA, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH Artist talk with Sarnath Banerjee WHEN: 18 July, 7pm WHERE: Bow Arts at the Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, E3 2SJ, Tower Hamlets Public talk with Can Altay WHEN: 22 August, 2pm WHERE: William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, E17 4PP, Waltham Forest Family day WHEN: 26 August, 2-4pm WHERE: William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, E17 4PP, Waltham Forest PRICE: All free For the complete Frieze Projects East events programme, visit




USE THIS NEWSPAPER TO MAKE A PAIR OF STOOLS IN 9 EASY STEPS Using the instructions below you can turn recycled newspapers into furniture – all you need is some cement to bind the mixture and a mould to form the shape. We’ve suggested using a simple timber box, which can double up as the legs of the stool, but feel free to experiment and let us know how it goes.

These instructions were created by Assemble, the group of artists, architects and designers behind last summer’s hugely popular CREATE Art Award project Folly for a Flyover. This is part of their project “Make. Don’t Make Do”, which is based at Sugarhouse Studios; see opposite for details. “Make. Don’t Make Do” is a long-term participatory project between CREATE and Assemble that will continue over the next two years. Visit and sign up to our newsletter for more information.


WHEN & WHERE Friday evenings throughout CREATE, Sugarhouse Studios, 107 High Street, Stratford, E15 2QQ, Newham 6 July-5 September, Mascot and the Art of Dissent, See Studio, 13 Prince Edward Road, E9 5LX, Hackney Opening night 14 July, then throughout CREATE, White Building, 7 Queens Yard, E9 5EN, Hackney

PRICE Free-£5 For full programme information visit For Sugarhouse Studios tickets visit


Paintings by Nick Creber, photographed by Alexandra Kanzcura

Clustered around the A11, A12 and River Lea

Art Award winner for its project Folly for a Flyover, who was given the space

and adjacent to the Olympic stadium is an

artists-in-residence. CREATE and Assemble are presenting a weekly Friday-

by the London Legacy Development Corporation to install its members as

area undergoing rapid physical and economic

evening programme of cinema, music, food and drink throughout the summer.

change: populated with spectacular 19th-century

documentary about the Russian tour of the east London band the Highly Skilled

warehouses and industrial buildings, it is also a thriving artists’ community.

Highlights include The Nonsense Express, the UK premiere of Rob Dumas’ Migrants, followed by a gig from the band; Hoopla!, a night of performance, music and short films curated from the last 10 years of the Nunnery Gallery’s annual Vision festival; and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 9 performed by the Evropska Quartet, preceded by short films inspired by the composer. Alongside the event space, Sugarhouse Studios also has a workshop for small-scale design and making, plus a cafe and bar open seven days a week.

Hackney Wick and Fish Island are home to more than 600 studios, among them the workspaces of artists Michael Landy, Phyllida Barlow and Gary Webb.


Sugarhouse Lane, adjacent to Three Mills Film Studios, was a centre of manu-

See Studio, a new creative agency and gallery in Hackney Wick committed to

facture and industry for over a century. Large swathes of the area are currently

exhibiting work by leading east London artists, has also teamed up with CREATE

in suspended animation, awaiting large-scale redevelopment as a new resi-

to present a series of special events that bring together Hackney Wick-based

dential and business neighbourhood. This summer, CREATE and the London

artists, creatives and curators for events including panel discussions, an open-

Legacy Development Corporation have joined forces to present a programme

studio evening and gallery tours.

exploring the creativity of the area. A series of talks, screenings and special events has been produced in partnership with three resident creative spaces:


Sugarhouse Studios, See Studio and the White Building.

This new, SPACE-run, David Kohn-designed cultural centre for Hackney Wick and Fish Island draws on SPACE’s ongoing Permacultures programme,


which explores the relationship between art, technology and ecology, for its

This new, temporary venue in an abandoned signwriters workshop sched-

events. There are talks, performances, screenings and more from previous

uled for demolition in 2013 has been created by Assemble, the 2011 CREATE

Permacultures artists-in-residence and new guest speakers.


CREATE 2012 SOUVENIRS CREATE has commissioned design authority Thorsten van Elten to work with five leading east London designers and artists to create a range of affectionate, irreverent mementos that celebrate the area’s cultural heritage at this special time. As a welcome antidote to the throwaway mass-produced souvenir, these solidly crafted pieces, all proudly made in the UK, will inspire fond memories for decades to come.

WHEN & WHERE On sale from 21 June in selected shops including SCP, 135 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BX, and and PRICE £10-50 For the chance to win a full set of souvenirs, visit the CREATE website



Barnaby Barford has created a set of five miniature, two-sided bone china

Ed Carpenter has designed a series of colourful gilt and enamel badges that

figurines, each depicting a different local landmark – homes, shops and a

celebrate the art of Cockney rhyming slang. Sold in sets of three, there are three

public house – on each side. Each of the 10 locations tells a fascinating story

collections available, based on the subjects of food, work and compliments and

about east London history – they include a house on Cable Street, the scene

profanity. Carpenter also designed the celebrated Pigeon Light.

of fascist clashes in 1936; E. Pellicci, an Italian café in Bethnal Green that has been in the same family for over 100 years; the Golden Pound pound shop; the Blind Beggar pub; and the former home of Benjamin Waugh, the founder of the NSPCC. Barford is known for reconfiguring found porcelain figurines to create more contemporary objects.

Gareth Hacker


EXERCISE BOOKS BY DONNA WILSON Donna Wilson has designed a set of three “exercise” books, with illustrations of people doing exercise, loosely related to this summer’s Games. Living and working in east London, Wilson is very familiar with its parks, lido and cyclists, and she shares tips for parks and pools on the books’ back covers. Wilson is known for her collection of knitted creatures and cushions, and was named Designer of the Year at the 2010 British Design Awards.

SOUNDS OF MAKING BY DOMINIC WILCOX Dominic Wilcox has created a vinyl LP, itself pressed in Hackney, that celebrates the act of making things and the unusually high number of skilled craftspeople in east London. Sounds include “The sound of making an outfit for Lady Gaga in Hackney”, “The sound of a book binder at work in Walthamstow” and “The sound of a record being pressed by a company which had to relocate from what is now the Olympic Park”. Wilcox’s previous work includes War Bowls, made from melted plastic army figures, and Watch sculptures, which perch on the faces of wrist- and pocketwatches.

REGENTS DOMESTIC BOLLARD BY ANDRÉ KLAUSER Canals have played an important role in the development of east London, and its canalsides have recently become enormously popular for holding events, cycling or just lazing away a weekend afternoon. André Klauser has created a multiuse bookend/paperweight/doorstop based on the mooring bollards along east London’s canals. Klauser’s bollards will be cast in solid iron by a foundry based on Regents Canal, by Broadway Market, that has previously cast fences for the British Museum and the National Gallery. Klauser’s other work includes the Mechano, a chair inspired by the aesthetics of industrial shelving.



WHEN 21 July WHERE One Hackney Festival, Hackney; visit website for locations PRICE Free

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CREATE is leading a once-in-a-lifetime creative exchange, matching London’s carnival artists, makers and community organisers with leading artists from Rio de Janeiro. This collaboration, a year in the making, has encompassed community workshops, exchange visits and months of co-ordinated work, and the resulting spectacle will commemorate the passing of the Olympics from London to Rio in 2016. Performers and artists from Rio and London, with a special contingent from Hackney, have teamed up to construct and bring to life a Rio-style float, the biggest the UK has ever seen. Co-designed by award-winning Rio Carnival designer Renato Lage and leading UK designer Paul McLaren, it will take part in July’s One Hackney Festival celebrating the arrival of the Olympic Torch. Hackney carnival groups including Paraiso, Tropical Isles and London School of Samba have created floats and costumes inspired by Rio techniques and traditions, while samba groups Monobloco and Sargento Pimienta (aka Sgt. Pepper, a samba Beatles tribute act) from legendary Rio arts space Fundição Progresso, led by carnival maestro Perfeito Fortuna, will join forces with UK’s Rhythms of the City in an exciting sonic fusion. The parade also features performances by leading disabled carnival group Embaixadores da Alegria and the UK’s only accessible carnival project, Blue Touch Paper Carnival. CREATE is also hosting a Creation Space in Hackney, where local groups will work with London-based artist Keith Khan to produce costumes and floats for the parade. Public workshops and music and dance rehearsals will take place throughout July – email or visit to learn how to get involved. Commissioned by London 2012 in collaboration with Hackney Council and support from Arts Council England, London.


EN ROUTE Robert Day

en route is a love song to our city. Outfitted with MP3 players and mobile phones, audiences are invited on a walking journey along the thoroughfares and back alleys of Stratford. The winner of the 2010 award for Best Theatre Production at the Adelaide Fringe, en route combines local music and snatches of narrative, musings, sound, dialogue and philosophy with the wanderings, observations and experiences of each participant. This unique participatory experience opens up multiple ways of seeing the city, ourselves and others. Presented by Theatre Royal Stratford East and produced by one step at a time like this and Richard Jordan Productions. Supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia Council. Part of the London 2012 Festival.

WHEN 26 June-21 July, closed Sundays & Mondays; 10am-12pm, 1-3pm and 4-6pm WHERE Near Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN, Newham. You will be sent the starting point 24hrs before your walk PRICE £15 for one, £24 for two, £30 for three; book on 020 8534 0310


Its extraordinary stagecraft – including a giant puppet, special effects, digital projection and stunningly choreographed aerialists for the finale – aims to challenge traditional aesthetics and transform perceptions. A team of 72 volunteers, supported by CREATE, is at the heart of the project, whilst the boldly inventive Hackney-based Graeae Theatre Company has led with casting and recruiting performers from all six host boroughs. Prometheus Awakes is co-produced by the globally recognised Catalan company La Fura dels Baus, whose innovative outdoor performance includes the opening ceremony of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and is presented at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Conceived by Amit Sharma (Associate Director, Graeae Theatre Company) and with video projections by Simon McKeown, music by Jules Maxwell and choreography by Darshan Singh Bhuller, the production will feature an inclusive cast of disabled and non-disabled performers. Presented by Graeae Theatre Company and La Fura dels Baus. Co-commissioned by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival. Supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and CREATE. Part of the London 2012 Festival.

WHEN 22 June, 10pm WHERE National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE10 9NF, Greenwich. Audio description provided; wheelchair access PRICE Free

Tai Lomas

Feel the earth move and the sky explode as an eight-metre-high Prometheus rises from the ground, creating fire in defiance of the God Zeus. This is the UK’s first-ever large-scale outdoor spectacle led by and featuring disabled performers.


CREATE JOBS Until recently, the term “social mobility” would hardly have been heard outside academia. Over the past few years, however, it has become a requisite part of every politician’s vocabulary. Although it is an area of significant deprivation,

influencers through familial and social ties, there

socially mobile than those born shortly after them in

among the worst in England, east London is also

are clear barriers that need to be overcome.

the 1970s; it is now acknowledged that those born

the city’s most vibrant and dynamic quarter. It

in the 1990s and 2000s are less socially mobile still.

is arguably the UK’s creative engine and home

To help improve this situation, in 2011 CREATE

A society in which life chances are predetermined

to one of the world’s largest arts communities.

partnered with A New Direction to establish

more by a child’s social background than by ability

New creative clusters emerge constantly, from

CREATE Jobs, to provide better access to the

and effort creates a number of problems for itself,

the recent explosion of artists’ spaces in Hackney

cultural and creative industries for young people

and not only around social justice: social inequality

Wick to the boom in digital start-ups in the area

from east London. CREATE Jobs oversees a

has a damaging effect on an entire society’s

that has come to be known as Tech City, around

transparent, fair process for securing internships

economic success.

Old Street roundabout.

and helping with routes into employment for

It is already known that baby boomers were more

young people from the host boroughs, and works Government leaders have insisted that there is more

For young people who are interested in taking

with organisations from the Barbican and the

to equality of opportunity than equality of income,

part in the creative entrepreneurship on their

Whitechapel Gallery to smaller creative businesses

but as Labour leader Ed Miliband noted recently in a

doorstep, getting a foot in the door can be a dark

including Impact Ideas, Project Phakama and Hip

speech to the Sutton Trust, “It’s harder to climb the

art. Internships and work experience are widely

Hop Shakespeare. The programme offers a range

ladder when the rungs are further apart.” The UK’s

acknowledged to be key in creating real work

of options, including work placements, mentoring

lack of social mobility has only been amplified by the

opportunities. One-third of job vacancies are

schemes, one-year apprenticeships and paid

current economic and employment crisis, with over

currently filled by applicants who had previously

work, all helping young people gain access to the

1 million young people now claiming unemployment

interned with the business, but most interns are

creative and cultural sectors.

benefit. In east London, a young person is now three

recruited informally and work unpaid. Often, it is

times more likely to be unemployed than if they lived

“all about who you know”, and for the majority of

Placements for local young people have been

anywhere else in the UK.

local young people, who are not exposed to such

created across this year’s CREATE programme, and a growing number of CREATE partners are taking a leading role in the project. The long-term aim is to sustainably increase the number of young people from the host boroughs working in London’s cultural and creative industries. This programme is part of a wider 20-year Strategic Regeneration Framework, which the host boroughs are working on collectively under the organising principle of convergence: within 20 years, the goal is that the communities hosting the 2012 Olympic Games will have the same social and economic opportunities as all other Londoners. The creative industries in east London have a crucial role to play in this process, and CREATE Jobs aims to spread the benefits that come with being Europe’s largest cultural quarter to its own young people. To find out how to get involved, visit

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THE BARBICAN AND CREATE Over the past three years, CREATE has become an essential part of the Barbican’s summer programme, and the Barbican is a proud CREATE partner.

The partnership began at CREATE’s inception in 2008 – since then, the two organisations have worked together to produce an annual series of world-class events across east London. Together CREATE and the Barbican have commissioned local and international artists and involved local audiences and participants in a variety of ways. This year, joint CREATE-Barbican projects and special events are taking place in some of east London’s most extraordinary venues, and work created across east London will be brought into the Barbican. The partnership continues to grow as exciting new projects and programmes are developed.




WHEN 18 June, 8pm WHERE Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, E1 8JB, Tower Hamlets PRICE sold out

WHEN 23 June, 8.30pm WHERE Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ, Hackney PRICE £20

WHEN 21 July, 12pm-late WHERE Regent’s Canal, off Kingsland Road, Hackney PRICE Free

For the first in a three-concert series, award-winning Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré presents an intimate acoustic evening of music and words, featuring kora (21-string harp-lute), n’goni (lute) and voice.

This is a night of music to move to. For the third evening of her residency, Rokia Traoré is joined by her new band and award-winning guitarist and producer John Parish, to showcase songs from her muchanticipated forthcoming album.

ROKIA TRAORÉ – DONGUILI (SING) WHEN 22 June, 7.30pm WHERE Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, City of London PRICE £15-25 For the second evening of her residency, Rokia Traoré is joined by a supergroup of UK, European and emerging African artists. Tonight she presents songs developed at the Music Institute in Bamako, Mali, the music foundation she created to support young artists.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SWING DANCE WHEN 14 July, 8.30pm WHERE Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH, City of London PRICE £20 This evening of red-hot swing for dance lovers features a live UK all-star big band with special guests from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.



WHEN 22 June, 8pm WHERE Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ, Hackney PRICE £20

WHEN 20 July, 8.30pm WHERE Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Hackney PRICE £10-20

Last year, LA-based psych musicians Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras teamed up with legendary dub-reggae group the Congos (best known for their Lee “Scratch” Perry-produced record, Heart of the Congos). The album that resulted, Icon Give Thank, layers looped guitars and electronics with the Congos’ four-part harmonies. Plus a DJ set from King Midas Sound System.

Will Holland, aka Quantic, has joined forces with Mario Galeano of Bogota’s pioneering cumbia band Frente Cumbiero to create Ondatrópica, a supergroup that embraces the past, present and future of Colombia’s tropical cumbia sound.

Collaborating for the fourth year running, the Barbican Centre and Shoreditch Trust present a top-quality mix of live music, theatre, dance, storytelling and art along Regent’s Canal. Stroll along the towpath, jump aboard the Barbican boat and catch performances on floating stages. The Barbican is also part of the Hoxton Street Party on July 14 – see page 34 for details.

DANCE NATIONS DALSTON WHEN 21 July, 2pm-late WHERE Gillett Square, Dalston, N16 8AZ, Hackney PRICE Free This year, the third annual Dance Nations Dalston is not just a jam-packed day of free live music and dance, but is also part of Hackney’s borough-wide Olympic Torch Relay Day celebrations. Swing with King Candy & the Sugar Push and enjoy Bollywoodthemed performances and workshops, street and 1920s-style dance, acrobatics from Tanzania’s Black Eagles, films and more. For tickets visit

Left: Dance Nations Dalston photographed by Ian Routledge Right: Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras meet the Congos




An ex-industrial site on the Royal Docks in Newham has been transformed into an urban festival centre celebrating the best of cutting-edge London culture.

city great. The most famous were Ranelagh Gardens in Chelsea: Mozart played there aged nine and Canaletto painted its gardens and Rotunda. Between 1851 and 1888, the Royal Docks had its own pleasure gardens, the Royal Pavilion Gardens (now the Royal Victoria Gardens). London Pleasure Gardens aims to revive this fine tradition. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, a festive atmosphere will

London Pleasure Gardens is a vast, 20-acre riverside destination that offers

prevail, with tens of thousands of people channelled directly onto the site every

music, dance and theatre arenas, historic and contemporary architecture, an

day after leaving the Olympic events. Newham residents will be given wristbands

urban nature reserve, a sculpture park, a boutique hotel and a floating cocktail

granting exclusive access, and the Gardens’ ambitious summer music bill, much of

bar, all filled with open-air concerts, world-class bands and DJs, circus and

it free, includes Bloc 2012, Paradise Gardens and the BT River of Music.

promenade performances, film screenings, visual art, community projects and family activities. In the 18th and 19th centuries, pleasure gardens were communal spaces where people from all walks of life converged to listen to music, admire paintings, stroll, drink, flirt and immerse themselves in the culture that made their

WHEN From 30 June WHERE Pontoon Dock, E16 2SD, Newham PRICE Free and paid events; visit website for details

CHISENHALE GALLERY I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are (2011-12) is described by its creator, artist Amalia Pica, as a “nomadic sculpture”. The piece left her studio last July and, for the past year, has been hosted by residents of Tower Hamlets in their homes on a week-by-week basis. The project addresses the conventions of participatory art practice and public sculpture, presenting an intimate encounter with the artwork in which the immediacy of individual perception is made paramount. The project provides the cue to Pica’s new collection of works, which continue to explore the frameworks and cultural resonances of sculpture and interventions into public space, while dealing with ideas of collective memory through the precise materiality of the sculptures she produces. An event will be staged at the gallery on July 7 to mark the completion of the project and the return of the sculpture

WHEN Until 15 July WHERE Chisenhale Gallery, 64 Chisenhale Road, E3 5QZ, Tower Hamlets PRICE Free

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to the artist’s studio. The project is part of Pica’s first solo exhibition in the UK.


BBC RADIO 1 HACKNEY WEEKEND 2012 The BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend is the station’s biggest-ever music festival. CREATE is proud to have helped bring this event to Hackney, which has given over 50,000 local people one of the summer’s hottest tickets. Over two days, nearly 100 of the world’s most exciting acts, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Nas, Calvin Harris, Azealia Banks and Jack White, plus local stars including Labrinth and Plan B, will come to Hackney Marshes. The concerts will be broadcast live across the BBC network.

THE RADIO 1 AND 1XTRA ACADEMY The Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy is a programme of social action and outreach, which offers 10,000 young people across Hackney and beyond the chance to be inspired by leading creatives in their fields. For the three weeks ahead of Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, Leona Lewis, Plan B, Trevor Nelson, Dizzee Rascal, Paloma Faith, Ashley Walters, Rizzle Kicks, Lethal B and many others will be at the Academy sharing their experiences, running practical masterclasses and Q&As explaining how they made it in radio, music, film, comedy, journalism, gaming or fashion. Young people will be able to take part through their schools, colleges and youth groups, or by emailing Part of the London 2012 Festival.

WHEN 23-24 June WHERE Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road, E9 5PF, Hackney PRICE Free and sold out, tickets allocated by ballot

Lana Del Rey © BBC

100% LONDON 100% London is a living, breathing portrait of the city; a set of demographic statistics about its residents, from the oft-quoted to the obscure, brought vibrantly to life on stage. Starring 100 everyday Londoners, the production began with the casting of a single person, who then had 24 hours to recruit another, who then recruited another, and so on – all according to specific criteria of age, gender, location and ethnicity, mirroring the make-up of one of the world’s most diverse cities. The project is part of a series by Swiss-German “documentary theatre” collective Rimini Protokoll, and is based on the group’s concept of “experts in daily life”. The everyday people of the cast
are asked about their lives, habits and beliefs; in response, they group and regroup on stage to create a human opinion poll, a series of fleeting pictures of belonging and contrasting that reveals how the city really thinks and feels. Presented by Hackney Empire and LIFT. Part of the London 2012 Festival.

Luke Pajak

WHEN 29-30 June, 7.30pm; 1 July, 5pm WHERE Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Hackney PRICE £10


WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY Left: Detail of Rachel Whiteread’s Tree of Life. Right: Whitechapel Gallery façade photographed by Jeremy The. Courtesy the artist



Internationally acclaimed British artist Rachel Whiteread has created a major

The Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial open-submission exhibition, the London

new piece for the historic façade of the Whitechapel Gallery, a Grade II* listed

Open, showcases some of the most dynamic work being made in the capital

Arts and Crafts building dating from 1901 and designed by Charles Harrison

now. From over 1,800 applicants, 35 artists have been selected by a panel of

Townsend. The original plans indicate that the façade was to include a mosaic

high-profile art-world figures including editor Patricia Bickers, artist Rodney

of the gallery’s message – to bring great art to the people of London – but it

Graham, collector Jack Kirkland and curators Marta Kuzma and Kirsty Ogg.

was never realised, and the space above the main entrance remained blank.

The exhibition includes new and more established artists: Alice Channer,

Over 100 years later, Whiteread’s frieze will complete the façade. It is her first

Sarah Dobai, Robert Orchardson, Amikam Toren and Roy Voss will be shown

ever permanent public commission in the UK. Whiteread has drawn inspiration

alongside emerging artists including Dale Carney, Beth Collar and Rehana

from Townsend’s carvings of the Tree of Life, a popular Arts and Crafts motif

Zaman, with work spanning painting, sculpture, film, textile, photography,

symbolising social renewal through the arts. She has cast sections of the Tree

installation and performance.

of Life bas-relief from the gallery’s two towers to create clusters of gilded leaves and branches, which float across the upper part of the façade, whilst four negative casts of the gallery’s windows fill in the empty space where the original mosaic was meant to appear. Made possible by the Art Fund. Part of the London 2012 Festival.

WHEN Rachel Whiteread, ongoing; London Open, 4 July-14 September, Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm, Thursday 11am-9pm WHERE Whitechapel Art Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX, Tower Hamlets PRICE Free

TIME OUT FIRST THURSDAYS East London is Europe’s largest cultural quarter and home to thousands of artists and over 160 galleries. Time Out First Thursdays is a late-night chance to see and invest in art: on the first Thursday of every month, the most cutting-edge contemporary art galleries and popular museums across east London keep their doors open until 9pm, creating a unique social and cultural experience in one of the most vibrant parts of the city. Time Out First Thursdays is organised by the Whitechapel Gallery. Other participating galleries include the Barbican Art Gallery, Bloomberg Space, Calvert 22 and many more. WHEN 5 July & 2 August WHERE Across east London PRICE Free



CREATE and Deutsche Bank are natural partners. We both share a belief that art should be accessible to all, and are both passionate about raising the profile of east London as a cultural destination.

Bannerjee and Rachel Whiteread. In keeping with our belief that art is about sharing ideas, our collection is on display in galleries, museums and in our offices worldwide. The reception of our London headquarters is home to art by Tony Cragg, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and Keith Tyson. Many of the artists taking part in this year’s festival are in the Deutsche Bank Collection. See for yourself by downloading

This is our third year as the main sponsor of CREATE. It’s an association that’s part of a global strategy of supporting art and music and empowering local talent and communities wherever we do business. We see creativity as a source of innovation,

our free London art app for iPhones and iPads from the App Store. If you’re an art lover, visit our online art magazine ArtMag ( for interviews with artists and information about art events at Deutsche.

progress and prosperity in business and society. We’re working with CREATE to bring the amazing creativity of this area to wider attention.

CREATE happens right on our doorstep. Deutsche is one of the largest employers in the City and many of our employees live locally. Through our involvement in CREATE, we’re helping to

East London is home to more contemporary artists than

make sure these events have a lasting effect on the area.

anywhere else in Europe. Deutsche Bank’s relationship with contemporary art and artists goes back more than 30 years and spans sponsorship, partnerships with arts organisations of all sizes, commissions and acquisitions.

Alongside our sponsorships and support for neighbourhood projects and organisations that increase opportunity through enterprise, education and sport as well as art and music, hundreds of Deutsche people do voluntary work in this

Why contemporary art? Because contemporary artists make us think differently about the world we live in. Art asks questions,

community. We’re very proud of this commitment. It will continue long into the future.

pushes boundaries, intrigues and provokes. We believe that working in an environment of ideas is good for business, which is why we have contemporary art on display in every one of our offices around the world.

With the Olympics, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the most spectacular CREATE yet, this is going to be a great year for London. Thank you for supporting CREATE. We’re looking forward to celebrating east London’s cultural richness and

The Deutsche Bank Collection is one of the largest collections

homegrown talent with you.

of international contemporary art in the world today. Through it, we’ve helped many significant British artists achieve international recognition, among them Gavin Turk, Sarnath Art works: the London App Discover the Deutsche Bank art collection and download the London app to your iPhone or iPad. Free from the app store.


THE POUNDSHOP The world’s first designer pound shop hits the road this summer to bring its unique wares to eager customers across east London. The Poundshop curates and stocks a range of smartly designed bargain products, created by up-andcoming designers and all priced at £1, £5 or £10. By working with designers who have often never before produced small consumer goods, the Poundshop is the perfect testing ground for design innovation. After five successful pop-up shops and two temporary online outlets since its inception in 2010, and with a new stand designed by Studio Good One, the Poundshop will make several stops during CREATE – be sure to grab what you can before it sells out.

Nick Ballon

WHEN & WHERE 23 June, High Street 2012, check 24 June,& 7-8 July, London Festival of Architecture, check 12 July, Glug networking event, Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY, Tower Hamlets PRICE £1-10

THE YARD The Yard is a converted warehouse in the heart of Hackney Wick’s burgeoning artistic community, right next door to the Olympic Park. Its 130-seat theatre, bar and café were designed by Practice Architecture and built from recycled and reclaimed materials, and it stays open late with art exhibitions and live-music nights. Every production is made and developed in local community centres, with whom it swaps free workshops in exchange for rehearsal space. Its June production Rhinegold is a bold retelling of the first part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, created by innovative new theatre company LIVEARTSHOW. In July, the Theatre of Great Britain Festival investigates what the concepts of Britain and British theatre might mean today, with much of its material written and performed by local East End residents. In August, director Carl Heap’s playful retelling of The Pilgrim’s Progress uncovers the absurdity underlying John Bunyan’s classic Christian allegory.

Andy Matthews

WHEN Rhinegold: until 30 June, Tuesday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 4pm Theatre of Great Britain Festival: 3-28 July The Pilgrim’s Progress: From 15 August Check website for more one-off events WHERE The Yard, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN, Hackney PRICE Free-£10

BATS IN SPACE On this unique walk along the Olympic Greenway, artist Jeremy Deller and bat scientist and professor Kate Jones will enable © Hugh Clark / Bat Conservation Trust / Sussex Wildlife Trust

you to see and hear their incredible sounds. Through special microphones or smartphones, listen in on bats as they fly and enjoy a glimpse into their multisensory world. Bats produce highfrequency sounds and interpret the corresponding echoes to form a visual image of their surroundings, known as echolocation, which allows them to sense even a detail as tiny as the flap of a moth’s wings. The majority of bat sounds are out of humans’ normal range – Richard Dawkins has speculated that bats may hear in colour. Hear and see special visualisations of invisible bat sound, download podcasts of the walks and add to the Bat Conservation Trust’s bat map at

WHEN 2-13 July, 8.30pm WHERE Pudding Mill Lane Station, E15 2NQ, Newham PRICE £5, book with


SHOREDITCH FESTIVAL This summer, Shoreditch Trust presents its 11th annual festival of free performance, entertainment and exploration along Regent’s Canal. This unique taste of east London includes music, film screenings, craft workshops, floating stages, dance, theatre, art trails, boating, food markets and more. It opens with the Hoxton Street Party, a celebration of one of the area’s most vibrant and historic locations, and closes with a weekend of live music as Shoreditch welcomes the Olympic Torch. WHEN 14-22 July WHERE Regent’s Canal, N1 & E8; Hoxton Street, N1 6NG, Hackney PRICE Free

Duncan Kendall

THE ICE CREAM VAN This summer, London-based artist Rebecca Davies will be travelling up and down the country, “collecting” a wide variety of English traditions and bringing them back to the East End, where they will be reappropriated and enjoyed by local residents. England’s most idiosyncratic sounds, tastes and flavours, filtered through a uniquely east London lens, will come alive in Davies’ Ice Cream Van in a celebration of our weird and wonderful histories. From nettle eating to disco dancing and scarecrow stuffing to bingo calling, the Ice Cream Van will breathe new life into old traditions. There are lots of ways to join in throughout June and July – help decorate and paint the van, add to the local archive, write and record new melodic chimes or simply use it as a space for interaction. To bring the Ice Cream Van to your community project – an after-school club, a band rehearsal, a book club or a bike meet – email Commissioned by Artsadmin for Interference 2012.

WHEN TBC WHERE Across Hackney and Tower Hamlets; follow @TheIceCreamVan on Twitter for real-time location updates PRICE Free

PING! IN THE EAST In 2010, Ping involved tens of thousands of east Londoners in impromptu ping-pong matches and events in unexpected places throughout the city. This year, tables will again spring up across east London’s streets, squares and green spaces, adapted by artists and brought to life with matches, special events and master classes. At the end of July, some permanent tables will remain in parks and community spaces as a lasting legacy. WHEN 29 June-26 July, dawn to dusk WHERE Across the host boroughs; visit website for locations PRICE Free



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Commissioning Partners:

A New Direction . Barbican . BBC . Biggafish . Creative Scotland . Frieze Foundation . Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art . London 2012 Festival . Mayor of London . Serious . Theatre Royal Stratford East . Thorsten van Elten

We would like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, funders and our many partners. We would also like to thank our audiences, CREATE Jobs participants and local communities, whose active participation in the programme is at the heart of everything we do.


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CREATE Summer 2012 Programme  

CREATE's newspaper covering all our projects and commissions for 2012.

CREATE Summer 2012 Programme  

CREATE's newspaper covering all our projects and commissions for 2012.