From the very outset, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has included artworks as part of its architecture and landscape; instilling a sense of local pride and cultural ambition through the inclusion and creation of world-class art.
The 26 artworks have been made to be experienced in the landscape, both up close and from afar. Some are large and striking while others are smaller and harder to find, but they are all inspired by the many histories of the area and reflect the Park’s identity as a place for people from around the world and from around the corner.
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Arts and culture has continued to be an important part of the Park’s story with a rich programme from 2013 – 2016 of events, festivals, and commissions working with the local creative community and world class artists, ensuring that an inspiring cultural legacy continues as the Park evolves.
This programme has covered a huge range of activities from ‘Newton’s Cottage’, a sculpture echoing the form of the lock keepers cottage that once sat at Carpenters Road Lock, to The Great British Carnival in 2014 marking the midway point between the London and Rio Olympics attended by 40,000, to the East London Mobile Workshop, and SPOKE, a new visionary poetry and spoken word programme which appointed the first Young Poet Laureate for London in 2013. This has also included the creation of a new centre for art, technology and sustainability to the west of the Park, at the White Building.
In coming years our cultural legacy will be delivered through the creation of a world class Cultural and Education District on the Park, that will bring together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.