Create exists to explore the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities.


Our work is primarily focused in east London, home to more artists and art organisations than anywhere in Europe, and one of the most economically deprived parts of the UK.

We help artists to connect more closely with communities through an ambitious programme of projects.

We commission art anywhere. Unlike a gallery or theatre we have no fixed public space, preferring to work in the places people encounter everyday. Working collaboratively informs everything we do and our projects are driven by artists, issues and places.


Over the last seven years we have helped to build a cinema under a motorway, set-up a new drinks-making company run with local people, built a new soft play centre and commissioned over 100 artists to deliver some of the the most ambitious projects of their careers. 

We have expertise in delivering long-term creative projects that contribute to improvements in neighbourhoods across east London and champion communities and artists to be part of the changing nature of the city, including Old Manor Park Library, a new public space for artists, makers and people living in Manor Park, Newham; Open School East, a project that supports 13 postgraduate art students by providing free tuition and studio space in exchange for developing public programmes for communities on the De Beauvoir Estate in Hackney; and Blackhorse Workshop, workshop and community resource for wood and metal-working in Walthamstow.

All of our work is underpinned by our Create Jobs initiative, which provides mentoring, support and paid employment opportunities for local young people.

Download our 2015-16 annual report here.

Download our 2014-15 annual report here.

Download our 2013-14 annual report here.

Create London Team

Hadrian Garrard


Hazel Durrant

Head of Development

Scott Burrell

Head of Programme

Sophie Chapman

Curator: The White House

Caitlin Garner-Bacon


Alice White


Eva Liu

Office Administrator and PA to the Director

Board Members

John Studzinski CBE

Vice Chairman, Investor Relations and Business Development and a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone

Matthew Slotover OBE

Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Frieze Art Fair

Tony Elliott CBE

Founder/Chairman at Time Out Group Ltd, CBE

Henry Ritchotte

Founder RitMir Ventures

Ruaridh Nicoll

Editor of the Observer Magazine

Karina McTeague

Director Retail Banking, Supervision - Retail & Authorisations Division, FCA

Leslie Morphy OBE

Deputy Chair of Board of Governors at Oxford Brookes University

Andrea Sullivan

Head of International, Global Environment, Social and Governance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

David Bailey CBE


Councillor Guy Nicholson

London Borough of Hackney

Councillor Ashan Khan

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Councillor Darren Rodwell

Leader of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Councillor Bernice Vanier

London Borough of Haringey

Councillor Denise Jones

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Liam Kane MBE

Company Secretary
Consultant for Potentials Consultancy