A world-class cultural and education district requires world-class partners. East Bank will bring together renowned institutions that for decades, if not centuries, have been at the forefront of artistic excellence, learning, research, creativity, curatorship and public engagement.
Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, its goal is to motivate everyone to experience dance – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired. Audiences of over half a million come to Sadler’s Wells’ London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions globally and online. Sadler’s Wells East will present the best UK and international work created for the mid-scale and offer life-changing training, development and learning opportunities through its choreographic centre, hip hop academy and participatory activities. This new space for dance will help to further develop the art form, reach wider audiences and establish London as the dance capital of the world.
The V&A East project will create two ambitious and complementary new sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. At Stratford Waterfront, a brand-new museum will stage exhibitions, events and collaborations and promote diverse ideas, voices and new work. As well as permanent V&A displays, it will host a pioneering partnership with the Smithsonian Institution – uniting the two museums and their collections for the first time. 10-minutes’ walk away at Here East, a world-class collection and research centre will open up the V&A’s extensive collections with unprecedented access to thousands of objects not currently on display. This major new resource will be a creative sourcebook for all, from school pupils and students, to makers, creatives and researchers, as well as local communities and businesses, and visitors from across the country and around the world.
Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, consisting of 19 museums, the National Zoo, and nine research facilities, ranging from astrophysics to endangered species. With its partner the V&A, the Smithsonian will co-curate exhibitions on global issues, which will draw from each museum’s collections. The Smithsonian will also use the museum for temporary exhibitions, and work with all of the partners on public programs and novel research.
UAL's London College of Fashion
Founded in 1906, London College of Fashion is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. Part of the University of the Arts London, it has been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. It encourages students to examine the past and challenge the present, to form their own ideas.
It gives them the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. At Stratford Waterfront, digital developers will work alongside designers; psychologists will collaborate with image creators; and marketing theorists will join forces with curators. London College of Fashion, UAL will redefine what fashion is by connecting its range of disciplines for the first time and under one roof, and show London and the world what these possibilities look like.
University College London
UCL is recognised as one of the world’s top 10 universities and first in the UK for the strength of its research. Now, in the single biggest development since the university was founded nearly 200 years ago, UCL will create their new UCL East campus. Home to the new and pioneering, around 4,000 students and 260 academic staff will immerse themselves in issues of manufacturing, making, transport, artificial intelligence, sustainability, urbanisation, social inclusivity, and more. UCL’s two buildings will include cutting-edge laboratories and research space, state-of-the-art teaching facilities, student accommodation and accessible public spaces. The campus will break down conventional barriers across research, education, innovation and public engagement, and enable local collaborations with schools, charities and community organisations. As part of East Bank, UCL East will help to unlock the potential for Stratford and east London to become a world-class centre of achievement in science, technology, creativity and innovation.
A core purpose of the BBC is the performing, recording and broadcasting of live music across a full range of genres to the widest possible audience. The relocation of its music studios to East Bank is driven by this purpose and builds on the BBC’s role as Olympic Broadcaster. The new site will include state of the art recording facilities and will be the home of the world-renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers, with a substantial presence from the BBC Concert Orchestra. It will host recording sessions and live performances across all genres from global stars to emerging talent. These facilities, alongside an extensive programme of learning and outreach projects and collaborations with partners in the cultural district, will contribute to establishing east London as a world destination for music.
London Legacy Development Corporation
The London Legacy Development Corporation is the Mayor of London’s development corporation for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. Working with the LLDC and with support for central government, the Mayor is working with local authorities, cultural businesses and venues, artists, creative entrepreneurs and civil society to make sure the full potential is realised for London and for Londoners.
Here East is a campus for individuals and companies embracing and pioneering technology and creativity. It is designed as a place where start-ups and global established businesses co-exist and collaborate, supporting genuine innovation. Here East is already home to UCL, bringing together architects, engineers and computer scientists; and will now also host the V&A's Collection and Research Centre. Currently, Here East has a number of creative and digital companies including Studio Wayne McGregor, online fashion retailer MATCHESFASHION.com, VR and 3D printing company Hobs Studio, video game developer Sports Interactive, and Signal Noise, Ford’s Smart Mobility Hub, BT Sport, Plexal, Scope, Ladbrokes Coral’s tech and innovation hub and Loughborough University London.
Studio Wayne McGregor
Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative hub for one of the world’s most celebrated choreographers, with two of the largest dance studios in London and creative programmes in dance, technology, film, music, visual art, science and fashion. The Studio’s FreeSpace programme is an innovative artist development scheme, supporting artists with free studio space, collaboration opportunities and offering educational programmes to the local communities.
Hackney Wick & Fish Island
A thriving industrial area in the 19th and 20th century, Hackney Wick and Fish Island is today home to artists and creative businesses. Said to have the highest concentration of artists in Europe, Hackney Wick hosts many artist studios, the award winning Yard Theatre and Hackney WickED summer arts festival. Proposals to develop a Creative Enterprise Zone are underway to secure more affordable studios and workspace so that artists and creatives can continue to put down roots here.
Stratford has a vibrant cultural life with celebrated arts organisations. The historic Theatre Royal Stratford East was home to Joan Littlewood's company and continues to delight audiences along with performing arts venue Stratford Circus Arts Centre and Stratford Picturehouse. There is also the magical Discover Children’s Story Centre and other leading arts organisations including East London Dance, Bow Arts and Rosetta Arts Centre.
Strengthening London’s position as the global capital of fashion technology this district for fashion will bring together innovation, technology, business and education. Led by UAL’s London College of Fashion, UAL it brings together fashion focused organisations including British Fashion Council, the UK Fashion and Textiles Association and Westfield, as well as Poplar HARCA and The Trampery. It will provide affordable workspace, access to investment, skills development and networking for the fashion industry, having recently gained £1.9m investment from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund.
Sugar House Island
Sugar House Island will be home to the UK’s first talent house for urban culture. Led by Urban Development and East London Dance, it will offer space for young musicians, singer songwriters, composers, dancers, choreographers and producers and support progression into the creative industries. It will be an incubation centre for new talent and creative enterprises. The new centre has received £1m support from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund.