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Why are we here?: a cultural walking tour from Here East to Hackney Wick

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Beginning at Here East, exploring the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Fish Island and ending in Hackney Wick

E20 3BS

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What Next? East London has long been interested in the changing face of East London. While space and place are always vital for cultural organisations, rapid regeneration across East London requires an extra level of resilience and creativity, vision and verve.

This is no truer than in the area surrounding the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. An area almost unrecognisable from one week to the next, such is the pace of all the demolishing and building work, it is also home to numerous arts organisations both striving and struggling in this fertile but often contentious corner of the city. From major world-class organisations through to grassroots collectives, the area buzzes with artists and potential, and demonstrates the creative ways arts organisations adapt and grow with the place they are in.

This tour is designed to demonstrate the spread of arts and culture across the area, as we wander through the varied terrains of the Olympic Park, Fish Island and Hackney Wick. We’ll explore everything from Mayoral-level cultural planning, to the business models for cultural start-ups, to the role of street art in a changing neighbourhood. For What Next? members and their networks, the tour is designed to spark conversation, ignite ideas, and demonstrate the creativity in this diverse part of East London.

The route

We will begin at Here East, London’s home for making located in the former Broadcast and Press Centres for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Now home to organisations across innovation, arts, and technology, we will meet with Andrew Roughan Chief Operating Officer and Jasel Nandha, Community & Partnerships Manager of Here East; followed by a tour of Studio Wayne McGregor, the first and currently sole arts organisation on the Park, which has created a new creative arts space for making in part of the Broadcast Centre.

From there, we’ll walk down the canal, talking with Layla Conway from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) about the role of arts and culture in the masterplan for Hackney Wick.

Heading across the water to Fish Island, we’ll visit Stour Space, a waterside gallery, cafe and studio space. We’ll hear about how they collaborate with artists and how they make their organisation work.

Wandering through the rapidly changing neighbourhood, we’ll end up in Hackney Wick central, where we’ll visit Arebyte Gallery, hearing how they work with artists and utilise unused space.

Finally, we’ll visit Hub67, a community centre run by The Yard Theatre, and The Yard Theatre itself, a vibrant award-winning theatre, bar and kitchen in a former warehouse in Hackney Wick, where we’ll talk about what the future holds for The Yard and the cultural life of the area more generally.

With any time remaining, we’ll have a brief discussion about the tour, the area, and anything else that comes up!

Getting Here / Getting Back

We are meeting at 9am at Here East, the technology and innovation centre located on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Gather in the yard between the Press and Broadcast Centres, near the ‘Recharge’ van (which sells good coffee)

Here East is a 5 minute free shuttle bus ride away from Stratford and Stratford International stations. See here for directions to the bus stops: http://hereeast.com/find/directions/shuttle/

Here East is also a 5 minute walk from Hackney Wick Overground station. Turn right onto Wallis Road all the way to the bridge entrance onto Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. You will be able to see the Here East building from there.

Our tour will end at The Yard Theatre, 5 minutes from Hackney Wick Overground.

Hackney Wick Overground runs East to Stratford, where you can make connections with the Central and Jubilee Lines as well as DLR, National Rail, TFL Rail. Or, you can take the Overground towards the west, with key connections at Highbury and Islington. Buses also operate in the area: 26, 236, 30, 276, 339, 388, 488, N26, W15.

Please note

What Next? meetings are Chatham House and we want everyone to feel free to ask questions and share their thoughts without worrying that they’ll be quoted elsewhere or out of context. It’s generally accepted that no-one reports on the meetings, tweets anything personal or identifiable, or shares any content without checking first with the contributor. If in doubt, drop Jessica a line: whatnexteastlondon@gmail.com

Hackney WickED Open Studios

The tour is happening just before the weekend of Hackney WickED Open Studios, a weekend of free events and open studios all over Hackney Wick in the weekend of 28th July. See here for more info: http://www.hackneywicked.co.uk/

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