UCL Grand Challenges


Painting Connections: Sharing Economies in the Creative Wick

A Grand Challenges small grant examined the sharing economy in Hackney Wick, East London

7 February 2016


Grant: Grand Challenges Small Grants
Year awarded: 2015-16
Amount awarded: £3,987


  • Martin Zaltz Austwick, Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Mary Davies, Institute for Global Prosperity, Faculty of the Built Environment

Painting Connections was supported by a Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities Small Grant. The project worked with Creative Wick and Affordable Wick to explore and showcase the Sharing Economy in Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI), East London. The research group brought together visualisation and outreach from CASA, models of prosperity from the Institute for Global Prosperity, and systemic approaches to understanding microeconomies from the Institute of Sustainable Resources.

The project is led by a UCL team made up of Martin Zaltz Austwick in The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Emma Terama at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, Hannah Sender at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, and Carina Schneider at The Bartlett School of Architecture / Urban Dynamics Lab; and Will Chamberlain from Creative Wick and Richard Brown from Affordable Wick.

Painting Connections received support from the UCL Grand Challenges Sustainable Cities Small Grant scheme and Public and Cultural Engagement in collaboration with the Forum for Future London. 

Outputs and Impact

  • Painting Connections: Exploring the Sharing Economy at HWFI (Homepage)
  • Showcase at Things Fashion warehouse in Hackney Wick which included results of the project and a pop-up art exhibition.
  • Local artists Natalie Ryde, Marie Brenneis and Ansell Cizic created bespoke work commenting on the idea of the Sharing Economy and the HWFI community.