Our purpose is to provide meaningful opportunities to the local creative community and ensure regeneration meets the needs of and creates lasting impact for all living and working in Hackney Wick & Fish Island including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park area.
We focus on supporting the local creative sector to demonstrate that creative placemaking leads to a stronger, more resilient and better-connected community.
There are 3 key issues that have driven the work we do:
The rapid regeneration of Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI) is not seeing the protection of the grassroots art communities that already live and work here. The land value is increasing quicker than local residents’ wages, resulting in them often being displaced from their homes and/or business spaces.
HWFI is rich in art and culture, however, its value is often overlooked by developers, local authorities and commercial/corporate companies, who do not know how to engage with the creative community that exists here.
There are not enough meaningful paid opportunities or recognition for local creatives operating within HWFI
Our Vision is for Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the wider Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (HWFIQEOP) area to thrive as an inclusive, self-sufficient, permanent creative economy that engages the local community and is actively supported by key stakeholders.
Our Purpose is to provide meaningful opportunities to the local creative community and ensure regeneration meets the needs of and creates lasting impact for all living and working in HWFIQEOP.
William is also a solicitor and partner at Counterculture LLP where he advises creative and cultural organisations on social enterprise and urban regeneration.
Alongside her work at Creative Wick, Abbie also works with our supporters, Footwork Trust, an independent charity that identifies and supports social innovators to create positive change for people and places.
Cindy heads up EquityChair, a niche recruitment business focused on placing Non-Executive Chairs and Directors predominantly into SMEs, both privately owned and with VC/PE funding. She also works closely with social investment funds and their portfolios across the UK through a long-standing partnership with Big Society Capital.
Prior to joining the Equity family of businesses (EquityFD, EquityFC and EquityInterim), Cindy spent 10 years at 3i plc as a Director of the Business Leaders Network.
She was also a Trustee of the Rio Cinema between 2016-2020. The Rio Cinema is a Grade II listed independent Art Deco cinema in Dalston. A charity, the Rio offers a range of services to the community, including special screenings for the over-60’s and those suffering from dementia.