London’s culture zones named
London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the capital’s first Creative Enterprise Zones, funded to support artists, small creative enterprises and local people.
They are Lambeth, Croydon, Hounslow, Lewisham, Haringey, and Hackney Wick and Fish Island (a joint bid by Hackney and Tower Hamlets).
The zones will share an £11m fund to create more than 3,500 new jobs and 1,000 new education, training and job opportunities, with more than 40,000 square meters of new affordable workspace.
Image shows the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the respresentatives of the new Cultural Enterprise Zones and, third from right, deputy mayor Justine Simons
“Culture and creativity are vital to the success of our city, making the capital a place where people want to live, do business in and visit” Khan said. “But it can be difficult for artists and creative businesses to stay in an area as it develops, and that’s why it’s so important we give the industry the support it needs.”
The zones are part of a wider cultural strategy devised by Justine Simons, the deputy mayor for culture. “Our creative workforce is under threat as the rapid pace of development often pushes them out of the neighbourhoods they have helped to revitalise” she said. “Creative Enterprise Zones are a bold new idea that will disrupt this cycle to deliver good, socially inclusive growth – with permanent, affordable production and workspace for artists and entrepreneurs, new jobs, skills and training for the local community.”
There were 25 applications for the funding with the six winning zones chosen for their commitment to creating local jobs and increasing affordable workspace, with each of the prospective zones having outlined how they will together leverage more than £30m of investment.