Create London commissions art and architecture in the public realm.
Create works with local communities in cities to commission art and architecture that is ambitious, purposeful and useful. We work over the long-term, and in ways that can bring agency and positive impacts for local residents, the partners we work with and the artists, architects and other creative practitioners we commission.
Our work exists on different scales and timeframes encompassing policy and planning, buildings and infrastructure, residencies and public programmes. We seek to innovate and experiment, testing new ways of working, creating exemplars for practice within this context.
Over our ten-year history, our focus has shifted from temporary projects in east London to establishing long-term artist- and community-led initiatives across the UK. Since 2011 we have helped to set up ten new organisations that include an adventure playground, a community-minded art school, and London’s leading employability programme for young people in the creative sector. At the centre of our current programme is a year-long multi-disciplinary programme marking the centenary of Britain’s largest social housing estate, a home for artist’s residencies and community-led programmes at The White House, and a new model for long-secure housing for creative professionals, A House for Artists.
Our work in policy underpins our practice and we have collaborated with the Universities of Edinburgh, Goldsmiths and Sheffield to commission pioneering research on inequalities in the UK cultural industry.
Create London Team
Diana Ibáñez López
Interim Co-Artistic Director - Architecture and urbanism
Interim Co-Artistic Director - Contemporary art
Curator - The White House
Community Co-ordinator - The White House
Caretaker - The White House
Lewis Dalton Gilbert
Curator - Hackney Windrush Commission
Coordinator - Hackney Windrush Commission
Becontree Centenary Project Manager
Production Manager and Assistant Curator
Assistant Curator - Engagement
Interim Communications Manager
Administrator and PA to the Executive Director
David Bailey, CBE
Artist, photographer and filmmaker and Director, Camera Eye Limited
Maha El Dimachki
Financial Conduct Authority
Councillor Paul Douglas
Cabinet Member for Culture, London Borough of Waltham Forest
Councillor Denise Jones
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Global Editor in Chief, Time Out
Claude Moraes OBE
Former Member of the European Parliament and former Chair of its Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee
Leslie Morphy, OBE
Consultant, Deputy Chair of Board of Governors at Oxford Brookes University
Councillor Guy Nicholson
Interim Chair of Create London
Founder, RitMir Ventures
Leader of the Council Darren Rodwell
Leader of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Head of International ESG, Bank of America