Neighbourhood Commissions

The neighbourhood commissions were six-month artist residences in specifically chosen areas of the borough. The CBD artist residencies aimed to support the growth of creativity and ambition in local communities. We wanted to give people the chance to try out different arts activities in their local areas, develop skills, share ideas and help to make the places they live more creative. Neighbourhood Commissions formed the basis of the Get Creative series of creative workshops throughout the borough.

From our previous residences, two resident led creative groups have been started in the areas, and neighbourhood artist Sadia Ur-Rehman successfully bid to the Arts Council and Ernest Cook trust to continue her work in the area by opening a pop-up Creative Cafe in Marks Gate library.  Find out more about the other commissions supported below.

Dagenham Artists in Residence

Between end of April and September 2015, Isa Suarez and R.M. Sanchez-Camus (Marcelo) were residents in the Heath Park estate in Dagenham. They were chosen for this commission due to their strong background in social engagement and multidisciplinary talents, which include music-making and composition, theatre, circus and street performance. Between them they have worked in communities all over the world, including Beirut, Naples, Cape Town, New York and London.

A Local Dialogue

Visual artist Sadia Ur-Rehman was based in Marks Gate between May and October 2014. Click the picture above to find out what she got up to...

Creative Futures

Arts charity Creative Futures worked with musicians Zoe Palmer and Sam Glazer in 2014 for a residency on the Thames View Estate. 


Make:good are led by Catherine and Amanda. In 2014 they spent 6 months on the Scrattons Estate exploring the residents' views about art. 

Image credits from top: Make:Good, Isa Suarez & Marcelo Sanchez-Camus, Sadia Ur-Rehman, Creative Futures, Anita Adeshina.