News: Studio Wayne McGregor to open next year in East London

Friday 27 February 2015

Here East roof
Photo: Gilbert McCarragher

It has been announced that Wayne McGregor’s new world-class arts space in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will open in 2016. Studio Wayne McGregor – to be built within Here Eastwill be a home for McGregor, his company and collaborators, and a major resource for the arts and for the communities of east London.

Wayne McGregor said: “It is clear that dance, choreographic processes and creativity have a part to play in the fast-changing technological and digitally motivated landscape we find ourselves in, where thinking through and with our bodies – in a broad range of contexts from robotics to cognitive science, artificial intelligence to health, education to experience – challenges and re-calibrates what the artform can really achieve and invent into the future. This vision excites and motivates us. We are ambitious for dance and adventurous for its wider application. The space we have chosen for our new home, within Here East with its unique and diverse maker ecology, makes manifest this aspiration. Studio Wayne McGregor will be a shared space for making, where artists can exchange knowledge and invent together. It will be a crucible of collaboration across disciplines and scale. It will be a base from which we can work with local communities and young people to share experiences and nurture creativity.”

Here East is transforming the former Press and Broadcast Centres in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a world-class centre of education and culture, driving the regeneration of east London. It is a campus that combines business, technology, media, education and data in the pursuit of innovation. It will bring together academic institutions, start-up businesses, established global companies, investors and social enterprises, to promote collaboration and innovation.

Comprising three studios and additional work spaces, Studio Wayne McGregor will host all of McGregor’s creative work alongside artist development and creative learning programmes based on the trading of space, time and skills: through ‘FreeSpace’, artists will be offered access to world-class studios regardless of funding or stage of development. Space will be offered in meaningful blocks of time for rehearsal, creation, research and development. In return, artists will be asked to trade their time to deliver creative engagement for local schools and communities through ‘Free2Create’.

McGregor, who is a Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet and Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, and will be joining the latter in moving to Queen Elizabeth Park: Sadler’s Wells has already announced the plans for its new venue at Olympicopolis.

Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, said: “We are delighted to announce the arrival of Studio Wayne McGregor to Here East. This is another major step in delivering a campus that combines education, employment and innovation, and is a major coup for East London. Studio Wayne McGregor will provide a world-class space for artists but also actively work with local schools and communities to engage them in the arts.”

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Photo from Here East’s roof by Gilbert McCarragher

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