Creative Barking and Dagenham Headlines

In the nearly two years since the programme was launched, the programme has offered local residents more than 800 different creative events, workshops, and activities involving 233 volunteers and around 32000 participants at 27 venues across the borough.

Our summer festivals season attracted 10,000 people to new spaces for the arts in the borough at Dagenham Village,– the historic and picturesque last remaining street of what used to be a small fishing village - and Barking Riverside – one of Europe’s biggest regeneration areas on the site of a former power station.

We’ve given out over £350,000 worth of commissions to 38 different projects, and to date have involved more than 140 community groups and 175 artists and arts organisations.

110 local residents are currently working with the CBD team as Cultural Connectors. They are involved in: every aspect of the programme including arranging trips and visits, being on funding panels, being an assistant to an artist, curating and producing festivals, leading workshops, taking photographs, doing office work, stewarding and being welcome hosts at events, helping us to interview CBD staff and freelancers. We have enabled 15 people to access new paid creative jobs or contracts in B&D

More than 600 people have been involved in regular trips to the Broadway, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Barbican, National Theatre, Great Yarmouth Out There festival. Our next group trip is for 200 people to see Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House and we’ll be partnering with ROH and Sadlers Wells to organise regular trips from next month.

New venues: CBD has supported people to experiment with arts programming at 15 new spaces across the borough including Dagenham Starter Farm, The Rivergate Centre, Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, Barking Market, Scrattons Farm empty shop, Eastbury Manor House, Marks Gate library, Barking Bath house, Barking Learning Centre. the Boathouse, Dagenham Village, Londoneast-UK, Heath Park empty shop, Becontree Estate, Valence House and a customised Ford Transit Van!

CBD has been a catalyst for attracting over £350,000 income into the borough for local people and projects from a variety of other sources including Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Wellcome Trust, HLF, Film London, ACE Strategic Touring Fund, Grants for the Arts, Ernest Cook, Barking Riverside Ltd, Pinnacle, Esmee Fairburn and Sylvia Waddilove Foundation