UCL East


New exhibition celebrating the impact of Public Art and Community Engagement in east London

13 September 2021

Highlighting many of the projects we have delivered or funded over the last two years, this exhibition is currently on display in the North and South Cloisters at UCL’s Main Campus, until the end of the month.

Photo of the UCL Cloisters showing two panels from the exhibition, courtesy of UCL CASA

Designed and developed by Jordan Abankwah, Public Art and Community Engagement assistant from the STEP programme, the display demonstrates how bringing together world-class research and teaching at UCL, together with creativity and the skills and experiences of our local communities in east London, can create meaningful and life-changing impact. 

Among others, it features Trellis an artist-researcherknowledge exchange project, City Mill Skate, the Newham Youth Map, A research project between the Institute for Global Prosperity and Money A+E, Windrush Cricket, as well as numerous other projects funded through the Community Engagement Seed Fund, and Listen and Respond

Sam Wilkinson, Head of Public Art at UCL, said: "I hope this exhibition will, in a small way, reflect how we seek to work in partnership with east London communities and our new neighbours on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

"We continue to learn from our collaborators and strive to create opportunities to bring UCL academics, exceptional artists and creatives and diverse communities, to work together – to connect UCL research with real life local issues."

Jordan said: "For me, designing for the Cloisters exhibition was a real eye opener to the passion and creative activism that is being curated by UCL and the local community. As someone with similar passions for engagement in east London, this project has helped me grow my network and ideas of what can be done when co-producing with communities."

Download a digital version of the exhibition