UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Prosperity in east London: a citizen's view

14 July 2023–21 July 2023, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

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Explore the impact of large-scale urban redevelopment on diverse communities through the residents' own stories

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Gillian Chan


Applecart Arts Theatre
207 Plashet Grove
E6 1BX
United Kingdom

Step into the world of east London's communities as they navigate the ever-changing landscape of urban regeneration. "Prosperity in east London: a citizen's view" invites you to witness their stories and explore the obstacles they face in achieving prosperity.

Through captivating print and textile artworks, alongside interactive installations, this exhibition brings together the creative vision of local artist Alaa Alsaraji and residents from east London who were trained as citizen social scientists to conduct qualitative research on prosperity in east London as part of our Prosperity in east London 2021-2031 Longitudinal Study.

Join us in a collective space of dialogue, where communities, policymakers, academics, artists, and businesses are invited to converge. Gain insight into vital topics surrounding regeneration, including housing inequality, the evolving face of racism, inadequate support for individuals with special educational needs and disabilities, safety concerns, rising crime rates, and mental health challenges.

Exploring the impact of large-scale urban redevelopment on diverse communities, we ask poignant questions: "Who truly benefits and how?" "What obstacles hinder prosperity for different groups?" and "What does prosperity mean to local communities?"

Mini Talks on Creative Place-making and Committed community-building
Date: 17 July 2023
Time: 17:00-19:00
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Community organisations and grassroots movements with a committed track record and creative approach to place-making and community-building will share their approach, recipes for success, challenges and hopes for the future in a series of mini-talks that will culminate in a panel Q&A session. This series of talks guarantees to offer you a wealth of inspiration and invaluable strategies to effectively support and nurture thriving local spaces and communities!

Exhibition Talk and Drinks Reception
Date: 20 July 2023
Time: 18:30-21:00 (Drinks will be served)
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Explore themes of the exhibition, the co-creative process, and research approach underpinning the Institute for Global Prosperity's Prosperity in east London 2021-2031 Longitudinal Study . The talk will take place in the Main Theatre, then head to the Main Hall where you can explore the exhibition at your leisure. There will be a drinks reception afterwards so please join us to chat and mingle!