CREATE11 announces winner of £40,000 Art Award

A major art prize worth £40,000 was announced yesterday as part of the official launch of CREATE11, the fourth annual summer festival celebrating the Olympic Host Boroughs as Europe s largest cultural quarter, where over 12,000 artists live and work. CREATE is supported by Hackney Council, the lead host borough for culture.

Not for profit collective Assemble was awarded the Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award for their work, Folly for a Flyover, developed in partnership with the Barbican. Part stage set, part host space, Folly for a Flyover will re-imagine a disused motorway undercroft in Hackney as a space for workshops, performance and film screenings.

Hackney Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, Cllr Guy Nicholson, said: “Through CREATE we can showcase the extraordinary concentration of creativity that is found in east London and bring about the largest participatory arts led festival in the UK.”

Rena Desisto, global arts and heritage executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said: “The Art Award is an exemplary community project, successfully providing free access to arts projects for local East and South East London communities. Assemble’s work is just one example of the broad range of artistic talent in the host boroughs and helps to firmly place the region at the heart of London’s cultural map.”

The event also launched CREATE11, which will offer over 200 art, design, film, music, and theatre events in galleries, outdoor spaces, music venues and pop-up spaces including Gillett Square, Hackney Empire, Rich Mix, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Vortex, Wilton’s Music Hall, Whitechapel Gallery and the Barbican Centre. Global investment bank Deutsche Bank continues as main sponsor.


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Please see link below to download images (this link will expire on 16 March). Please credit images to CREATE11 - James Medcraft Photography

CREATE acts as a catalyst for both cultural development and community involvement in the arts across the sub-region. This is a strong and expanding group of cultural partners, national institutions and local authorities and key stakeholders, including OPLC, LOCOG, ODA, Legacy Trust and the GLA, working together to deliver joint programmes within and beyond the festival.

ASSEMBLE is a not for profit collective of artists, designers and architects living and working in the east of London that initially came together to conceive, design, build and run The Cineroleum (July 2010), a pilot project that suggested potential possibilities for the re-use of the 4,000 empty petrol stations in the UK.


CREATE11’s music series showcases the hottest UK music coming out of the host boroughs. Previous years have featured acts that have gone on to storm the UK Charts including Labyrinth, Mp:Ho, Devlin, Scorcher, Ghetts, Bashy and Crazy Cousinz.

CREATE with the Barbican present co-commission Re:Definition 2011 produced by Urban Development. From low-income living and high rise hopes to Olympic aspirations and entrepreneurialism, Re:Definition 2011 explores, through music, East London’s rich past, its present and its exciting future through the eyes of its young people.

Over the past two years, this project has provided opportunities for 500 aspiring young music stars from across the host boroughs to receive mentoring and training in songwriting, event production, choreography and marketing from music industry insiders. This year, mentoring and training will be delivered by Continental Drifts, Rising Tide and Urban Development for another 250 young people.

Re:Definition will culminate in a one-off special event in East London with high-profile guest artists to be announced.

This year, CREATE s music strand joins forces with Blaze, the Barbican s summer contemporary music festival, to jointly present a thrilling range of events across the host boroughs. Major international artists, commissions and new works mark this third Blaze festival that takes place at the Barbican and at venues in East London including Hackney Empire, Gillett Square, Wilton s Music Hall and Rich Mix. Blaze features artists and projects such as Hugh Masekela’s tribute to Mama Africa, Ludovico Einaudi’s Taranta! (as part of a weekend exploring Mediterranean music and culture), Gregg Allman, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Band of Gypsies (Taraf de Haïdouks & Kocani Orkestar), Esperanza Spalding, Congotronics vs Rockers, Bomba Estéreo, and a stellar cast of singers and musicians who revisit Tom Waits classic album Rain Dogs.

CREATE11 TALKS & walks

The CREATE11 Talks and Walks commissions present a series of special events that examine the past, present and future of one of the most rapidly changing areas in Europe. The series provides opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with world-class, home-grown luminaries in fashion, art, music and design, while the guided walking tours present new perspectives on the changing landscapes of the area.

Among the many CREATE11 Talks & Walks are a series of events including tours, special events and film showings at FARM:shop by Something & Son. Located in the heart of Dalston the FARM:shop is the world’s first farm in a shop, transforming a disused building into a working farm.

Previously featured creatives have included: Jason Bruges, Theodore Zeldin, Richard Wentworth, Run Dem Crew and Charlie Dark, Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Polly Toynbee, Iain Sinclair, Lulu Kennedy (director, Fashion East), Holly Fulton, Maureen Paley, Gregor Muir, Iwona Blazwick, Kate McGarry.


UP PROJECTS | PORTAVILION 2011 - The Floating Cinema

UP Projects Portavilion project continues in 2011, this time on the waterways of the host boroughs in partnership with the Olympic Delivery Authority and CREATE11. The Floating Cinema is being developed by artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (known collectively as Somewhere), and designed by Hackney-based architects Studio Weave, to navigate the waterways of the host boroughs during the summer 2011. This extraordinary floating structure will accommodate intimate on-board film screenings, documentary workshops, talks, exhibitions and tours, providing a base for a dynamic programme of film-related activities led by Pope and Guthrie. It will also host larger outdoor film screenings, where the structure becomes the “cinema projection house” for canal-side audiences. Portavilion 2011, an UP Projects production, is commissioned by The Olympic Delivery Authority as part of their Arts and Cultural Strategy and funded by Arts Council England.

Invisible Breath - Faisal Abdu’AllaL

Faisal Abdu’Allah, one of London s most exciting contemporary artists, will premiere his latest work during CREATE11 at the Viewtube. Invisible Breath looks at how we breathe according to our walking pace, and how size, identity, gender, class and geography may influence it. At open days in June, the public are invited to add their breath to the bag and become part of Faisal’s exploration which includes collaborating with Olympic athletes and a group of local 11-14-year-olds. Together they have taken part in experiments to test their own lungs at Brunel’s athletes testing centre and developed specialist scientific knowledge in respiration from GP Dr Mark Levy and Dr Frank Kelly, King’s College London. The project is part of the Invisible Dust collaboration curated by Alice Sharp and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Art on The Underground

For CREATE11, Art on the Underground is commissioning an artist to create a new work with young people to be presented in Central line stations in the host boroughs. The project has been selected in partnership with Barbican Art Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, CREATE and Whitechapel Gallery. It is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


CREATE11 will feature the best participatory cultural events from partner organisations and venues who include: A New Direction, Arcola Theatre, Bishopsgate Institute, Chisenhale Gallery, the Discover Centre, East London Dance, E17 Arts Trail, Greenwich Dance Agency, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, the Laban Centre, the 02, Punchdrunk, Spitalfields Festival, Stratford Circus, Stratford Rising, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Tudor Barn Festival and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

The Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) will present Boy Blue Entertainment’s Touch, a co-commission by the Barbican and TRSE, from 21– 23 July followed by performances at the Barbican between 28 – 30 July.


The summer programme at the Barbican, CREATE11’s Associate Partner, becomes part of the festival offering again this year. Highlights include Blaze, and Watch Me Move: The Animation Show which brings together contemporary artists and auteur filmmakers - featuring host borough resident filmmakers and video artists such as Caroline Leaf, Julian Opie and collective igloo - alongside the creative output of commercial studios from Fleischer and Walt Disney to Hanna-Barbera and Aardman. The Barbican will present off-site programming as part of Assemble Project’s (The Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE11 Art Award winners) Folly for a Flyover.

World in Motion – the Barbican’s collective of young poets, musicians and artists from across London will perform in a number of venues across the host boroughs including World in Motion Dance at Gillett Square, Dalston (9 July) and the East London Creative Jazz Orchestra with two members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the Barbican Centre (3 July).


In addition to the festival programme, CREATE11 working with Associate Partner, A New Direction, aims to achieve 1,000 work related opportunities offered from Spring 2011 to Spring 2012 around real jobs in the creative and cultural sector.

This programme will breathe life into the long-term ambition, shared by creative and cultural organisations across the host boroughs, to use the Cultural Olympiad as a springboard for more young people from all backgrounds, to build their own careers within the creative and cultural sector.

A New Direction, CREATE and the Host Boroughs Unit aim to develop and showcase over 1,000 opportunities for young people each year from 2012, by delivering new strands of activity, including a Creative Careers Fair, eMentoring, Front of House work experience, Traineeships, and Apprenticeships in partnership with leading creative and cultural organisations including the Barbican, Greenwich Foundation, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Whitechapel Gallery, National Theatre, English National Opera, Frieze Chisenhale Gallery, and many more alongside opportunities that are currently on offer for young people from the host boroughs. They will have the option to use these opportunities to build towards a recognised qualification - the 2011-12 year acts as a pilot phase.

Susie Haywood
Media Officer - Olympics and Paralympics
Hackney Council
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