UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Creative Wick

Our collaboration

IGP and Creative Wick are members of a cross-faculty research project exploring the informal sharing economy in creative communities in Hackney Wick.

The partnership was established in September 2015 with UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and Institute for Sustainable Resources.

Painting Connections is a research project funded by UCL Grand Challenges. It was created in response to the development of the Cultural Quarter of Olympicopolis, and the potential threat that cultural heavyweights posed to the pre-existing cultural networks in neighbouring Hackney Wick.

The team will gather data and stories from the lively sharing economy to understand and help preserve these networks.

The findings will then be fed back to the creative community, who will work with them to create new pieces of artwork. The work will be exhibited at an event showcasing the sharing economy through the prisms of art, science and economics.

About Creative Wick

Creative Wick is a Creative Regeneration Agency founded in 2013. It facilitates a permanent, sustainable, creative economy for local residents, businesses and institutions. Its aim is the long-term viability and continued authenticity of the arts, culture and creativity in Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the wider East London area.