The Create Art Award was the largest participatory art award in the UK. In its six years, it helped artists living or working in east London to deliver socially engaged projects and in doing so, provided significant opportunities for artists to work with their neighbours. The successful applicant received up to £40,000 to deliver the project.
East London is the largest Cultural Quarter in Europe, with over 150 galleries and 13,000 artists based in the area; and yet it is also home to communities with some of the lowest levels of cultural engagement in the UK. The Create Art Award supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch aimed to bridge this gap, seeking to combat the continued disconnect between the area’s status as Europe’s creative capital and the local community. The award was open to any London based artist/artist collective, for a project to take place in east London.
International artist group Myvillages were announced as the winners of the 2014 edition of the Create Art Award for their project Company: Movements, Deals and Drinks.
PREVIOUS CREATE ART AWARD WINNING PROJECTS
School of the Imagination by Marcus Coates, 2013
Liberties of the Savoy by Ruth Ewan, 2012
Folly for Flyover by Assemble, 2011
ROAM London by Caught by the River, 2010
Dominoes by Station House Opera, 2009
Rooted in the Earth by Joshua Sofaer, 2009
About Bank of America Merrill Lynch
As a company with stakeholders in over 100 countries, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is committed to a global and diverse programme of cultural support. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has collaborated with Create London since 2008 with the aim of making art both accessible and participatory for as many people in London as possible. Community-based arts projects such as the Create Art Award help drive economies, connect communities and enrich society; and these positive outcomes form the basis for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s extensive worldwide support of arts and culture.