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Date updated: 9/27/2021

‘Fuelling Creative Renewal’ is a report by the Culture & Commerce Taskforce that sets out a blueprint for a deeper relationship between the creative and business sectors to accelerate London’s recovery from the pandemic.

Download the reports and watch the full launch event below. 

Culture and Commerce: Fuelling Creative Renewal Executive Summary PDF (5MB)
Date submitted: 2/05/21

Download the executive summary of Fuelling Creative Renewal. 

Culture and Commerce: Fuelling Creative Renewal - full report PDF (6.5MB)
Date submitted: 2/05/21

Download the full report.

Chaired by the Lord Mayor in partnership with the City of London Corporation and Culture Mile, the Culture & Commerce Taskforce assembles leading figures from across the capital to address the massive challenges faced by the cultural and creative industries in the City, and London more widely, through better connecting the cultural and commercial sectors. Find out more about the members of the Taskforce.

The Culture & Commerce Taskforce believes that by coming together, culture and commerce can develop new ways of collaborating, to build a renewed creative sector that drives economic growth and supports competitive advantage for the City and London. The Taskforce’s latest report is called Culture & Commerce: Fuelling Creative Renewal and includes eight newly commissioned artworks from a wide-range of artist, which can be viewed below.

Get involved

Culture & Commerce: Fuelling Creative Renewal outlines three key recommendations and 10 proposed projects where culture and commerce can work together for mutual benefit. Working together will accelerate London’s post-pandemic recovery and help secure its position as one of the best international cities in which to live, work, visit and invest.

The Taskforce seeks partners from across London who are able to contribute to the delivery and potentially take on a leadership role in progressing one of more of the ten projects. To get involved or let us know about a related project already underway, please contact the Culture and Commerce Taskforce, referencing which project(s) you are interested in contributing to.

New artwork commissions

In order to celebrate the value, resilience and vibrancy of the creative industries, as well as supporting those artists who work within them, the Culture & Commerce Taskforce commissioned eight new artworks which have been threaded throughout the Culture & Commerce: Fuelling Creative Renewal report. The artworks and artists have responded to some of the themes contained with the report.

skills Catherine Yass is a Turner Prize-shortlisted English artist, who is known for her wall-mounted lightboxes. Her work responds to the theme of ‘New Skills’.
Catherine Yass is a Turner Prize-shortlisted English artist, who is known for her wall-mounted lightboxes. In 2020 the Guildhall Art Gallery acquired its first digital media artwork Last Stand (2019) by Catherine Yass. The film was premiered at the Gallery’s exhibition Architecture of London alongside one of Yass’ lightbox artworks Damage (2009).
Illustration of smartphone in vivid colours
Soofiya is a visual artist, designer and illustrator. Their work provides a socio-political commentary on race, gender and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector. Soofiya also designed Culture Mile’s Imagine Packs – resource packs supporting older residents to get creative during lockdown. @soofya
Painting of a carnival procession
Ferha Farooqui is a painter whose work explores the cultural and social changes that affect the Borough of Newham, where she lives. In 2020 the Guildhall Art Gallery acquired Carnival Procession (2016) by Ferha Farooqui. @ferhafarooqui
Illustration of a tree featuring images on its roots and leaves
Patrick Bullock is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, illustrator, and sculptor who weaves narratives from unusual materials using natural forms. Patrick has been working with the City of London Corporation’s Cultural and Visitor Services team and LGBT+ staff network on designing and producing a float for the Pride in London parade.
Photo of a woman turned backwards
Hannah Starkey is a photographic artist working from the female perspective. She lives in East London and creates most of her work there. In 2019, the Guildhall Art Gallery appointed Hannah Starkey as Guildhall Artist-in-Residence. The theme for the inaugural residency was ‘Celebrating City Women’. 13 works from the residency were acquired for the Gallery’s collection.
Illustration of people on a stage simulating a concert where some of them are interacting with London buildings
Jess Nash is a freelance illustrator inspired by culture and narrative. Her artwork was inspired by ‘New Voices’. Jess was commissioned by the Cultural and Visitor Services team to produce two Our City Together Creative Challenges, aimed at inspiring families to get creative at home during Covid-19 national restrictions. She also collaborated with composer Blasio Kavuma on nonclassical's digital multimedia project '66 Days' commissioned by the City of London Corporation, in partnership with Mayflower 400 UK. @jess__nash
Text of the Poem 'A theory of resilience as seen by moonlight' by Kit Finnie
Kit Finnie is an artist who makes poems, zines and theatre. Kit developed the creative activities for Culture Mile’s first Imagine Pack, providing resources for older people who may be experiencing isolation. In addition Kit was commissioned to create a poem that will be incorporated into Moor Lane Community Garden, a new temporary installation that aims to increase the provision of green space in Moor Lane. @KitFinnie
 Image of collage made of textiles
Yvonne Courtney works with textiles and collage. She is the founder of Collage London. Yvonne is one of Culture Mile’s Imagine Fund grant recipients, supporting local people to realise creative and community projects. @Yvonne_Courtney
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