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

Celeste Ricci

Head of Development

Dave Gore

Caretaker - The White House

Debora Bottino

Digital Communications Coordinator


Community Co-ordinator - The White House

Kieran Swann

Curator - The White House

Lauren Gee

Public Programmes Producer: Hackney Windrush Commission

Leanne Petersen

Producer: Hackney Windrush Commission

Marie Bak Mortensen


Mhairi McGhee

Assistant Curator - Engagement

Rachel Muckle

Becontree Centenary Project Manager

Ross Chalmers


Samsul Alom

Finance Manager

Sarah Vowden

Administrator and PA to the Director

Sorrel Hershberg

Executive Director

Board Members

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

Caroline McGinn

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


Councillor Guy Nicholson

Interim Chair of Create London

Henry Ritchotte

Founder, RitMir Ventures