Second round of funding open for Shoreditch and Hoxton arts and cultural programme

After a successful first round of applications, which saw five arts organisations receive a total of £90,000, the Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund is open once more and eager to receive creative ideas that benefit the local community. 

The fund aims to create high-quality public art that is inspired by, created with, and of benefit to residents. It supports programmes and events that celebrate arts and culture and bring different communities together. Using income from a planning levy charged on new developments in Shoreditch, called Section 106 contributions, the fund will help to share the benefits of growth with those living in Shoreditch and Hoxton and support the Council’s aims of making Hackney fairer.

Grants range from £5000 to £20,000 and need at least 50% match funding in the form of cash, corporate donation or in-kind support. Five arts organisations are already developing exciting, diverse projects thanks to successful bids in autumn 2019. 

They include Clod Ensemble, which is producing an intergenerational musical performance piece at Shoreditch Town Hall; Hoxton Hall is working on a live soap opera starring local residents called ‘Hoxton Street’; independent arts organisation PEER is creating a 12-month, three-part, visual arts exhibition in Shoreditch Library; Eastside Educational Trust are developing a creative teacher training programme in three primary schools ending with an art installation and festival showcasing young people’s work; and Create London is producing a new not-for-profit enterprise delivering workshops with local young people and producing terracotta gardenware, to be sold in Hoxton Street Market and beyond.

The fund, one of the first initiatives to stem from the Council’s Arts and Cultural Strategy, is intended to run for an initial three years with commissions being granted in spring and autumn of each year. 

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Culture and Inclusive Economy, said:

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business, Investment and Culture
“We want to ensure everyone in Hackney can benefit from the significant cultural and economic investments the borough has seen in the last 15 years. By using funds from the levies placed on new developments in and around Shoreditch, organisations are being supported to produce and deliver creative ideas that bring our community together. 

With the first round of successful bids already off to a great start, the second round of funding is ready to go for organisations to submit their arts led projects for consideration. The projects invested into round one have already demonstrated the quality of creativity found in our borough and firmly places the arts as a great catalyst for inclusion."

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business, Investment and Culture

Hackney has long been the creative heart of London, and Shoreditch and Hoxton have a rich cultural heritage from fine art and live performance, architecture and fashion, to digital media and creative tech. These areas have experienced great change in recent years as new developments and new businesses arrive in the area.

Hackney Council is determined to use all of its powers, land and influence to ensure that these changes create opportunities for all of the area’s residents and businesses.


Notes to editors: 

  • The fund has been created by using the income from a planning levy charged on new development in Shoreditch, called Section 106 contributions. All grants must be invested in art and culture-led projects that benefit the local community, with more than £200,000 remaining to fund further projects in the next two years.  

  • For more information on Hackney Council’s cultural work, details on the first round of successful applicants, and to apply to the second round of the Shoreditch and Hoxton Art Fund visit: hackney.gov.uk/culture