Welcome to Foundations, an exciting season of engaging and experimental events that will build the community footings for a new cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Running from June to October in and around the Park, the programme spans a wide range of activities from our existing cultural collaborators from east London, as well as future partners: the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, UAL’S London College of Fashion and UCL. Together, our partners are highlighting a new way of working, developing the building blocks for long-term partnerships, and highlighting the collective endeavour of culture-led regeneration.

With the latest architectural designs for the new cultural and education district due to be revealed this summer, Foundations will focus on the themes of buildings and structures and how these can define our future, and our relationships to each other. A wealth of activities will be on offer including interactive installations, large-scale outdoor theatre, participatory performances and new collaborations about the relationship between art and technology.

Visitors will be able to help French artist, Olivier Grossetête, build a new ‘London landmark’ in one day; enjoy a dance theatre production exploring the highs and lows of football by Sadler’s Wells and the West Ham United Foundation; take part in coding and robotic design classes with UCL; interact with UAL’s London College of Fashion’s Polyphonic Playground - a ground breaking, playable structure; and dive into the V&A’s Micro Museum exploring the architecture and design of the landmark Lansbury Estate in Poplar.

Foundations builds on the most iconic Olympic and Paralympic opening ceremonies and a celebrated Cultural Olympiad, as well as four years of culture in and around the Park. Foundation for FutureLondon has been established to support the new cultural and education district being created in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ensuring that new partners and those who have been establishing a cultural foothold in east London work together to shape the area’s future.

Our Director Andrea Stark FRSA, said “The Foundation for FutureLondon is working with new and existing cultural and education partners to build on the cultural legacy of the London 2012 Games. Together we are developing new venues for the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, UCL and UAL’s London College of Fashion. Through collaboration with the wealth of cultural and creative industries in east London we look forward to building long-term partnerships that will create ongoing opportunities to inspire, entertain, fuel new ideas and nurture local talent.”


Find our programme of events and a map showcasing cultural venues here

Opening 17 September: V&A presents- Lansbury Micro Museum
(Chrisp Street Market)

The V&A is creating a Micro Museum in Chrisp Street Market, Poplar, and its first exhibition, Neighbourhood Number Nine, will explore the role architecture and design played in shaping the community of the landmark Lansbury Estate. Workshops and events will take place throughout the summer. The Micro Museum is organised by the V&A, and is supported by Poplar Harca and the National Trust. Neighbourhood Number Nine is curated by Ruth Lang and Pete Collard.

For more information head over to the V&A Blog

7 October - 2 November: UAL's LCF Presents- Cabinet Stories
Emmaus Greenwich, Poplar Shop

Cabinet Stories is a touring display of dress and fashion, featuring exhibitions from seven curators working in London. The exhibitions are taken to the audience, and Cabinet Stories has travelled to three communities in London during 2016. Visit the LCF blog to find out more, for updates on workshops and public events please head to their events page

Thursday 10 November: UCL presents- The Bentham Community
William Morris Gallery

Imagine if William Morris and Jeremy Bentham had met to discuss their ideas on the pursuit of happiness over a drink? Join us for an evening of talks, debates and discussion with speakers from UCL and from the local community from the four Olympic Boroughs.

This event is free, but booking recommended on Eventbrite

Monday 14 November: UCL presents- Focus on the Positive
Trinity Community Centre

Focus on the Positive: The world is full of problems, but it is also full of brilliant people chipping away at those problems using their ideas and expertise. 
University College London (UCL) needs your help to choose worthwhile research projects to receive real money. At Focus on the Positive, we want you to make the decision on what small research project stands the best chance of tackling big issues.

Keep checking back for updates as more events will be announced throughout the season!