Back in February, it was announced that Create had commissioned Frieze to take on its first ever project outside the annual art fair in Regents Park for the Frieze Projects East, which will see installations including a swimming pool filled with inflatable sculptures and a series of graphic narrative billboards taking over east London this summer.
Alongside these installations, Create 2012 will see the first exhibition of David Bailey’s images of east London from the past 50 years shown in his childhood home, Newham. Bailey has photographed the area and its inhabitants since the 1960s, and this show will offer a comprehensive visual narrative of the physical and social changes it has undergone over the last half century. The show runs from 14 July – 11 August at the Royal Docks in Newham.
Over in Barking, Something & Son has been commissioned to create the Barking Bathhouse – a pavilion combining the health of a spa with the vice of a bar.
The design is influenced by the interiors of 20th Century working men’s bathhouses, the modern-day spa and Barking’s industrial heritage, which should prove a rather interesting combination.
We’re very excited about Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege – a new large-scale interactive public artwork that has been co-commissioned by Glasgow International Festival of visual Art and the Mayor of London for the 2012 Festival.
Alongside these physical exhibitions, Create has also announced the launch of Create Souvenirs – an online retailer designed by Thorsten van Elten that will work with five designers – Barnaby Barford, Donna Wilson, Andre Klauser and Dominic Wilcox to create east London-inspired souvenirs.
The designs include a cast iron paperweight based on Regent’s Canal mooring bollards; a series of ceramic miniature east London shops and houses and an illustrated exercise book that shows the best places in the area to exercise.
From June, the Barbican will be screening the London – Hidden City series of three short films about east London directed by artist including Paul Kelly, Saint Etienne, and Michael Smith; while performance works on the Create agenda include en route at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Prometheus Awakes at Royal Museums Greenwich and a new work by interactive theatre company You Me Bum Bum Train.
For the full list of commissions and more information visit www.createlondon.org