In the Spring of 2019, Creative Wick recruited 12 young East Londoners to work with some of Hackney Wick’s best musicians and producers to make some music.

In only seven, two hour workshops over 8 weeks, they wrote and produced more than 10 tracks before performing them live in a series of public concerts.

With many thanks to IQL, Lend Lease, Studio 9294, Wick Radio, Rudi Falla and all the professional writers, producers, musicians, engineers and technicians who made this possible, but most of all thanks to the students themselves.  This is what they created…

 

Therapy by Marls, 22. Singer and spoken word artist. Producers: Marvin Yeboah and Ryan Shallow

Don’t Know by Gavin, 16. Singer and rapper. Producers:  Marvin Yeboah and Ryan Shallow

I Should Never by Opah, 16. Multilingual singer and rapper who also plays the piano and guitar.  Producers: Rudi Falla and Hugh Fothergill

Day II by Raphael, 16. Young budding electronic producer.  Producers: Rudi Falla and Hugh Fothergill

Aint Got Time by Leo MG + Alias, both 18. Talented rappers and producers in their own right and a power duo with high energy performances.  Producer: Stephane Forbes

Horrid by Husk, 16. Hungry motivated rapper with videos and demos on social media.  Producers: Marvin Yeboah and Ryan Shallow

Do What I Like by Jordxn, 18. Female Rapper who can hold her own and commands attention on stage.  Producers: Stephane Forbes and Essie B

Red Cup by SB, 18. Rapper with slick bravado lyrics.  Producer: Stephane Forbes

Patterned by Solomon, 20. Singer, rapper and guitarist. Passionate musician ready to make a Disney soundtrack. Producers: Marvin Yeboah and Ryan Shallow

Toronto by Runrummer, 24. Singer and budding producer with early online releases showing the breadth of her talent.  Producers: Liv Mia, Rudi Falla and Hugh Fothergill

Click the Soundcloud icon to hear the tracks:

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Click the Wick Radio logo to hear the live recording of the Creative Wick Music Academy concert at Studio 9294 on 9th May 2019

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With grateful thanks to Lend Lease, IQL, The Number Group, Main Yard Studios, Studio 9294, Wick Radio, course leader Rudi Falla, project manager Josephine Chime as well as Tongtong, Fab, Hackney Quest, The Wickers, Sam, Ryan, Marvin, Essie, Marcello, Richard, Tom, Naomi, Lia, Nina, Stephane, Stewart, Hugh, Cath, Nick, Matteo, Joe, Manny, Tori, Remi, Bruno, Paul, Jean-Guy, Vanessa, Jessie, Dav, Catalina, Miranda, Lawrence, Harriet, Olivia, Chantel, Simon, Claudia, Remi, Adam and Lucy who made it possible.  Thank you all!

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CREATE

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Creative Wick facilitated the ‘Create’ project from early concept stage through to delivery –  found the site, obtained the permissions, ensured that local artists were commissioned and will be running a children’s after school graffiti workshop & staging an exhibition of prints from the project. The Arts Council also commissioned a short film that can be seen here.

CREATE artwork required 2,850 litres of recycled paint, a 200-litre bathtub for mixing and a team of 30 supporting volunteers and six artists. Due to the scale of the piece, Eine could only check the progress of the artwork with the use of drone footage.

Click here to watch as artist Ben Eine creates one of the largest pieces of street art the world has ever seen – ‘An Unconventional Canvas’, in collaboration with Creative Wick, Global Street Art, Zippo and Tupman Brothers.

Mental Health Boulder Project

Creative Wick in partnership with Hackney Wick Boulder Project and CoreArts is being funded by the WickAward to deliver beginner climbing mentoring sessions (one-to-one) with a qualified instructor, to help people manage their mental health issues.

The benefits of bouldering and climbing as a mindful practice used as part of mental wellbeing management, have been apparent for some time to climbers, and are now being recognised more and more in mainstream areas and the media.

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Landlord & Tenant Masterclass

On Thursday, 30th November, Creative Wick organized a free Landlord & Tenant Masterclass with Dilukshi Leanage, Senior Associate in the Real Estate department at Lewis Silkin LLP and her colleague, Aman Sahota-Dhatt, delivering landlord and tenant law for local residents and businesses from 11am to 12.30pm.

Guidance has been given on :
· Key terms to be included in a lease and what to be wary of;
· Dealing with lease renewals where the tenant doesn’t have the benefit of the Landlord and Tenant 1954 Act; and
· Managing a tenant’s relationship with the Landlord.

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Building Bridges

There are 13 bridges in Hackney Wick and Fish Island and the ongoing development of the Overground Station by VolkerFitzpatrick will create an underpass linking White Post Lane to the South and Wallis Road to the North, in effect putting the railway line above on another bridge.

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The Art Talks

Art Map London in partnership with Creative Wick present THE ART TALKS (SEASON 3):
a series of talks that focus on professional development for artists and art professionals, where the best art professionals and industry leaders are invited to talk and share their knowledge with artists and art professionals in early stages of their careers.

The third season of The Art Talks is taking place from February-July 2017 at The Atrium (adjacent to the White Post Cafe), 4 Schwartz Wharf, 92 White Post Lane, London E9 5GW
9th of February – 7-9pm – Q&A with Elizabeth Neilson (Zabludowicz Collection).
21st of March 7-9pm – Q&A with Anna Dumitriu about to artists work with institutions and museums.
11th of April – 7-9pm – Q&A with Catherine Ince (V&A) about how museums with museums.
15th of May – 7-9pm -: Q&A with Dana Segal about fundraising.

 

Funding Options and Marketing Strategy Workshop for Creative Businesses

On 20th September, Creative Wick facilitated a free Funding Options and Marketings Strategy Workshop for Creative Businesses at Arebyte gallery in Hackney Wick.

The Workshop was an initiative from Get Set for Growth that explored available funding opportunities with a focus on creative type businesses. We discussed the pro’s, con’s and availability of grants, crowdfunding, angel investment and loans as well as the business planning and marketing strategies required to secure them.

 

Painting Connections

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In June 2015, Creative Wick started working with UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity, Institute for Sustainable Resources and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis on a research project into Hackney Wick and Fish Island’s informal sharing economy.

The research led to an exhibition on Hackney Wick & Fish Island’s creative community’s unique sharing economy that took place at Things Fashions. The Painting Connections, exhibition featured specially commissioned work from local artists Marie Brenneis, Natalie Ryde and Ansell Cizic and took place between 29–31 July 2016 as part of the Hackney Wicked Art Festival’s DIY Open Studios.

Here you can access the final report for this research – Sharing in the Creative Wick: East London Informal Economies and Science Data Pilot.

Barclays Creative Business Workshop

Creative Wick and Stour Space organised the first Barclays Bank creative business workshop in Hackney Wick on 28th May, 2015 at Stour Space. Two sessions of one-to-one surgeries were held with a range of business advisers in the morning followed by an afternoon group session of general financial and business advice. Barclays brought an accountant, two lawyers, a business banking manager and a UKTI representative to answer questions.

The free one-to-one surgeries were offered to local creative businesses to discuss and receive feedback on a range of business issues from tax, company structures, money planning, finance and, international markets.

 

Transforming the Future of East London

Creative Wick was commissioned by Laing O’Rourke to design and run a 5 week program of innovative workshops for Gainsborough Primary School year 6 students that used art and design to introduce possible career opportunities in the construction industry. The workshops asked students to design and build models of their own buildings and were accompanied by a publication and culminated in an exhibition at Here East. (more…)

East Village Foyer Art

Creative Wick was commissioned by Get Living London to source local artworks to install in the entrance halls and lobbies of their properties in East Village. Engaging its extensive network of artists, makers and designers, Creative Wick supplied artworks including painting, photography, furniture and sculpture resulting in the injection of more than £100,000 into the local creative economy.

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