A new creative centre in Hackney Wick is due to be opened by the Barbican next week.
The centre, called Fish Island Labs, is the result from the collaboration of Barbican and workspace designers The Trampery. The new creative centre, located in a Victorian warehouse by the River Lea, will support approximately 50 emerging artists whose work mix technology and art.
For the period of ten months after it’s opening on June 9, selected artists will attend workshops, receive talks and experience one-to-one mentoring from established figures from arts, technology and business. The participants of the project will showcase their work in the Lab and they will also have the opportunity to display at the Barbican.
The centre will also hold open workshops and social events for the people in the local community.
Sean Gregory, Director of Creative Learning at the Barbican, described the centre as exploring “the increasingly blurred lines between the arts and technology, highlighting how successful models from the tech world can be applied to developing skills, talent and new ideas in the arts.”
The list of lucky artists chosen to attend the centre is expected to be released by Friday, June 6.