Ruth Ewan, Liberties of the Savoy, 2012.
We are delighted that Create has been announced as a national portfolio of arts organisation for the Arts Council England.
Hadrian Garrard, Director, Create has released the following statement:
“We are delighted to have achieved NPO status, our first long term Arts Council funding. It’s now becoming broadly accepted that publicly funded arts organisations need to do more to reach and involve people from all backgrounds. We see ourselves as emerging leaders in how to do this with ambition, rigour and flair and this is a great acknowledgment of that from the Arts Council.
The funding will allow us to deliver increasingly ambitious and longer term projects which will involve communities in east London and in other cities across the UK. We’re thrilled that the Arts Council have chosen to acknowledge our track record of bringing challenging new art to people from all backgrounds.
This is a moment for us to reflect on our achievements of the past four years which have included persuading the BBC to bring artists including Rihanna and Jay Z to the Hackney Marshes as part of Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend which coincided with the 2012 Olympics and working with Frieze Projects to curate a series of works around the East End. We’ve reached and involved thousands of people in east London and we are proud that we are now being supported to continue this work.
London is an international centre for art and creativity but there are still huge numbers of people living here who aren’t benefiting from these opportunities. Create exists to understand how artists can contribute more meaningfully towards the lives of those of us who live in cities and we do this through ambitious live projects which take place outside of traditional cultural spaces. In 2014 we will be commissioning a major UK artist to design a new soft play centre in Barking; supporting an artist to set-up a new drinks making company owned and run by people in east London and turning two abandoned library buildings into public-facing art centres.
We will continue to work with a host of partner organisations including Chisenhale Gallery, the Barbican, Frieze and local authorities to reach new diverse audiences. This support from the Arts Council will help us work across the sector to better connect with communities.
London is changing fast and in many ways is becoming a more socially divided city. Artists are uniquely placed to understand and challenge these divisions. Our NPO status reflects and acknowledges the need for artists and cultural institutions to stay more closely connected to people of all backgrounds and we’re excited about possibilities for the future.”