Partnership Programme

Following on from the success of the Landmark Commissions, for the second phase of CBD we have developed the Partnership Programme.  This new approach is about encouraging and inviting partnership and co-production models for developing and supporting new creative projects and high quality arts events in the borough.

We aim to welcome and respond to requests for arts partnerships at all stages of CBD as well as introduce arts organisations and partners to the decision making process of local people, our Cultural Connectors.

Please get in touch for more information about the Partnership Programme and to discuss your ideas at or call 020 8594 7136.



James Wilton Dance - ‘The Storm’

James Wilton Dance, one of Europe’s most in demand dance companies, presented ‘The Storm’, a whirlwind of lightning fast, athleticism, where acrobatics, break-dancing, martial arts and contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away.

Seven dancers, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock especially composed by Amarok and thousands of pieces of paper combine to create a work that will astound you with its athleticism and touch you emotionally in a way that words simply can’t.


Rivers of the World -  Thames Festival Trust

The Rivers of the World project encouraged young people to explore and reflect on local and global issues and perspectives to build the skills they need for life and work in a global society. Students from Barking and Dagenham schools worked with international artists to create pieces of artwork that respond to the communities along the river. Rivers of the World was an exciting opportunity for local residents to learn new skills and work on the brilliant exhibitions featuring the young peoples work at the gallery@Oxo and The Boathouse Creative Studios.


Sharlene Carter: 'My Journey' R&D

We are very excited to be supporting Sharlene Carter in the first phase of Research & Development for her Theatre and Dance piece. Exploring the journey of her mother, who following a critical car crash has a severe disability. Sharlene will work towards the creation of a hip hop theatre piece that politically addresses the stigmatizaton around physical and verbal disability.


Artichoke: Lumiere London 2018

The Cultural Connectors have been working closely with Artichoke Producer Louise Dennison to create a series of workshops for local people. These built a brilliant team of volunteers who helped create a fantastic piece for Lumiere London 2018. Following on from the Light festival Artichoke have delivered a day of training and workshops taking CC's from an idea for an installation right through to making it happen. We will be working with Artichoke in the lead up to GLOW 2018.


Kinetika: Silk River

Saturday 16th to Monday 18th September 2017

Kinetika’s Silk River project connects the Thames in London with the Hooghly in India through exploring communities relationships with the river and storytelling through traditional Silk Painting workshops. Barking and Dagenham brought together local residents, community groups and individuals to learn new skills and celebrate the boroughs connection to the river as part of this international project.

Geraldine Pilgrim: Sitting Comfortably

Thursday 16th February 2017

Geraldine Pilgrim returned to the borough with her new work Sitting Comfortably, after her site-specific work WELL at the former Sanofi Factory opened to much acclaim in 2015.

Sitting Comfortably is inspired by memories of older people in care homes often confined to wingback chairs facing nowhere and how they remember happiness and joy.


The Silk Scrolls at the Rivergate Centre. Image: Jimmy Lee

The Silk Scrolls at the Rivergate Centre. Image: Jimmy Lee