Hackney WickED Art Festival has championed the community of Hackney Wick & Fish since 2008 developing a reputation for creating large (35,000 people in 2014), unique, free & one off art events, inhabiting unused land. “The work you do in Hackney Wick is a wonderful celebration of the area and its creative heritage. I wish you all the best as you continue in your ambitions to highlight the cultural brilliance of this area.” Boris Johnson The areas rapid change from industrial wasteland to culture hub sitting alongside the Olympicopolis has forced us to reassess our delivery. Following a large audience & artist study (supported by ACE, Legacy List & LLDC) it became clear that the next stage of our development would be to facilitate a series of events (Open Studios, markets, exhibitions, commissions, music, film screenings, workshops, talks). We need your support to allow us to expand on the benefits of our annual festival to support the local creative community & local economy.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Hackney Wicked provides a platform for emerging artists, brings together local community & businesses, whilst making art accessible and inspiring to all in Hackney Wick; also home to the one of the largest concentration of artists in the world. The annual festival has been a key date in the cultural calender for East London but with the rapid developments and changing infrastructure the festival is no longer feasible. Protecting local artists and creative communities is key to the Cultural Strategy for London and Olympicopolis, and we feel that Hackney WickED is perfectly placed to help deliver this whilst retaining these assets in the area. Leveraging the reach of our festival through a longer term participatory public program alongside the strategic use of Art commissions would provide an opportunity to increase the cultural offering, test new approaches/partnerships whilst engaging new audiences to the area in a manner that supports the incumbent community from the bottom up.
Steps to get it done:
We have spent 8 years making use of neglected spaces, canalways, car parks, warehouses the next stage of our mission is to continue to provide a platform for emerging artists whilst developing a sustainable community asset able to build and develop cultural audiences for Hackney Wick and the surrounding areas. Hackney WickED has a number of years experience managing grants/sponsorship (Arts Council, Council, Corporates) and has already secured in kind support for this project alongside support via a Creative Development partnership with Foundation for FutureLondon. Foundation for FutureLondon, Head of Creative Programmes: “Hackney WickED is a really unique arts festival for East London, which offers a valuable platform for artists who live and work here. We’re delighted to be working with them on a long term basis to ensure they can continue to grow and expand, reaching wider audiences and showcasing the extraordinary talent of east London’s artist community.”
About the space
Hackney Wick & Fish Island
London Borough of Hackney