“I want to maintain the capital's status as one of the great world cities for culture and creativity. My job is not to back heritage over modernism, nor to allow the destruction of much-loved old buildings. It is to encourage all manner of artistic expression.” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.
Many of the projects below have received a mixture of public and private investment, and are supported by the Mayor as they represent a major contribution to our city’s cultural resources.
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, a leading higher education institution for digital design and broadcasting, is being relocated to London’s Greenwich peninsula. This will allow the college to expand and create strong partnerships with other organisations, such as the neighbouring O2 Arena. The new campus will be open for the academic year 2010/2011.
The Black Cultural Archives is due to open the UK’s first Black Heritage Centre in 2011 to commemorate the experiences of people of African and African-Caribbean descent in Britain.
The Tate Modern, one of the world’s most popular museums for modern and contemporary art, is being transformed. The old power station that houses this extraordinary gallery will be enhanced to extend the exhibition space. One example is to make use of the old oil tanks to make unique backdrops to new collections. Tate Modern Two will be finished in time for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. The LDA is providing £7 million towards this project.
The British Film Institute has won funding to create a world-leading centre for the study, enjoyment and celebration of film and television. The money pledged from Government follows an earlier investment promise of £5 million in the project from the Mayor through the London Development Agency