Artist painting

For Artists’ Eyes Only

11 January 2017

London has seen impressive examples of areas that have been turned around by culture-led regeneration. The Cultural and Education District within the Olympic Park is set to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8bn of economic value.[2]

But what are the effects of regeneration to the local artist communities already in the area?

The London Assembly Regeneration Committee is investigating how culture-led regeneration in London could help expand London’s artistic and creative offer, but also how it can threaten already existing communities.

The Committee will meet with artist communities to hear their views on culture and regeneration.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • The impact of regeneration on nearby artist communities.
  • The threats of regeneration and what can be done to ensure artists are not priced out of areas once places have been regenerated?
  • How to engage with local communities?
  • The role of the Mayor in all this.


Spokespeople available:
Navin Shah AM
, Chair of the Regeneration Committee
William Chamberlain, Founder and Director of Creative Wick
Neil McDonald, Founding Director of Stour Space
Mark Clack, Founder, Wood Street Walls
Helen Ball, Engagement Director, Creative Barking and Dagenham
Nima Tehranchi, Artist, Save Hackney Wick, plus other Members of the Save Hackney Wick campaign
Iain Aitch, Writer and Journalist

Location: Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, London, E3 2PA

Date and time: Thursday 12 January, 1:45pm-4:00pm

Directions: Nearest stations: Stratford (Tube), Hackney Wick (Overground) and Pudding Mill Lane (DLR)

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the discussion using #AssemblyRegeneration or #creativeLondon

Notes to editors

  1. Location map of Stour Space.
  2. H Ellis-Petersen, London Olympicopolis culture hub plan gets £141m funding, The Guardian, 2 December 2014.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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