Helping East London’s artistic community to thrive

Our study gave the London Legacy Development Corporation a clear way forward for helping local artists to flourish

East London artists

Client: London Legacy Development Corporation

2014

The challenge

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is committed to creating world-class arts and culture in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. They needed a compelling research study and recommendations to enable them to clearly articulate the value of the artistic sector in the regeneration of East London. They wanted evidence of the different types and locations of workspaces local artists desire in order to support the sector’s growth.

Our approach

We mapped all current artistic workspace in the area for LLDC, identifying different artistic sectors including studio space, performance and gallery space. We then held face-to-face interviews with a wide range of workspace providers, developers and artists to build a thorough understanding of their needs. Prior to finalising our recommendations, we also hosted an event for key players to gain their input into our interim findings.

Our study showed how LLDC could leverage its role as a planning authority, landowner, social change advocate and community guardian to empower and enable the artistic community.

Impact

Our study enabled the LLDC to successfully advocate for the retention of existing workspaces in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the creation of new ones. It helped them to demonstrate how affordable creative workspaces contribute to and benefit east London’s communities, employment and economy.