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 ten 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 emerging artists by providing free tuition and studio space in exchange for developing public programmes for communities in Margate, Kent; 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 2017-18 annual report here.

Create London Team

Charlotte Aston

Development Coordinator

Scott Burrell

Head of Programme

Losal Chiodak

Genesis Young Curator

Caitlin Garner-Bacon


Hadrian Garrard


Dave Gore

The White House Caretaker

Charlie Gregory

Curator: The White House

Ella Hall

The White House Engagement Co-ordinator

Sorrel Hershberg

Executive Director

Diana Ibáñez López

Head of Capital Projects

Eva Liu

Office Administrator and PA to the Director

Annalie Schutz

Communications Manager

Board Members

John Studzinski, CBE

Chairman of Create London and Vice-Chairman of Pimco

David Bailey, CBE

Artist, photographer and filmmaker and Director, Camera Eye Limited

Tony Elliott, CBE

Founder and Chairman at Time Out Group Ltd

Leslie Morphy, OBE

Consultant, Deputy Chair of Board of Governors at Oxford Brookes University

Henry Ritchotte

Founder, RitMir Ventures

Matthew Slotover, OBE

Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Frieze Art Fair, Director of the Frieze Foundation

Andrea Sullivan

Head of International ESG, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bernice Vanier

Independent Trustee

Councillor Guy Nicholson

Vice-Chairman of Create London/Councillor of London Borough of Hackney

Councillor Denise Jones

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Councillor Paul Douglas

Junior Cabinet Member for Borough of Culture, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Leader of the Council Darren Rodwell

Leader of London Borough of Barking and Dagenham