Promoting Sports and Culture
Enabling a Healthy and Happy Community

Culture and sport are essential elements of placemaking: they bring people together and help them to have fun, relax and unwind. Our annual calendar of artistic and cultural events is one of London’s largest free programmes, contributing to the sense of community, health and well-being of residents and visitors alike. We’re also home to the capital’s largest collection of publicly accessible art. And we encourage sport in and around the Estate – from supporting local athletes and clubs through our community programmes to hosting events for public participation.

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From hosting events to helping local athletes and clubs, Canary Wharf Group has supported participation in sport and invested in local talent for more than three decades.

Our annual summer sports programme aims to encourage local people to engage with sport and enjoy the benefit it brings. In 2018, over 3,000 people participated in a programme funded through our summer sports fund; these included activities such as cricket, swimming, football, badminton and karate.

CANARY WHARF: SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Caroline Dubois won our 17th Sports Personality of the Year award in 2018. She’s a 17-year-old boxer with an unbeaten record in 22 domestic and international contests, and a potential member of Team GB’s squad for the 2020 Olympic Games. At a ceremony at the East Wintergarden, we also celebrated the achievements of other local athletes and sports clubs.

Budding 2020 Olympians were put through their paces in the Accenture Mixed Team Challenge. Fifty teams of four competed in a relay, where each competitor completed a triathlon. This involved a 300m swim, a 6km static bike ride and a 1.5km run – before handing over to a teammate to do the same.

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Canary Wharf hosted 214 cultural and arts events in 2018.

Winter Lights 2018 saw 200,000 visitors to Canary Wharf.

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GARDENS OF DELIGHT

Canary Wharf’s Crossrail Place Roof Garden joined the Open Garden Squares Weekend in 2018. The annual event gives everyone a chance to explore some of the capital’s finest urban gardens. The Roof Garden reflects Canary Wharf’s maritime heritage, with flowers and plants from the countries that once sent their goods to the docks here. Free garden tours, an art exhibition and music performances showcased the garden – offering a place for people to relax and unwind.

The Roof Garden also hosted Early Bloom and Late Bloom – community arts festivals organised by The Space Theatre. The events, now in their fourth year, offered local performers and artists opportunities to connect and showcase their work.

THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF OLD FLO

One of sculptor Henry Moore’s most famous pieces of work, Draped Seated Woman – known, affectionately, as Old Flo – drew visitors to Canary Wharf after her triumphant return to East London in October 2017. Created in the 1950s, the sculpture was originally located in the East End before being relocated to Yorkshire. When the mayor of Tower Hamlets pledged to bring old Flo back, Canary Wharf was chosen as her new home. To celebrate her return, a number of events highlighting the history and local connection were hosted. A special exhibition at OCS allowed visitors to see the story of how she came into being, discover the life of her remarkable creator and find out why Old Flo is so special to our community. She even became the subject of a play, staged by WorkSpace Productions at Crossrail Place Roof Garden in September.

LEST WE FORGET

To mark the centenary of the end of the Great War, we hosted the Remembrance Art Trail, a series of artworks by Mark Humphrey. Displayed in partnership with the Royal British Legion, the exhibition featured 10 pieces exploring the nature of service, sacrifice and remembrance to form a moving and inspiring journey.

LIGHTING UP WINTER NIGHTS

Our Winter Lights festival returned in January 2018 to light up the dark evening skies. The annual 12-day free exhibition of light installations and interactive art attracted over 200,000 visitors who enjoyed over 30 cutting-edge installations. These included a sonic light bubble that pulsated with light and sound when approached, generating new visual patterns to a unique soundtrack.

ART FOR ALL

We believe everyone should be able to enjoy art. As well as our permanent displays of artwork, we host special exhibitions and events during the year. In 2018, internationally acclaimed artist Pauline Amos, in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, created a multi-sensory experience of theatre, painting and sound. We also continued to run our ever-popular Paint Jam sessions, where budding artists can create their own masterpieces in our pop-up studio and learn new techniques.

OUR 2018 PROGRESS

Our targets are designed to add a cultural dimension that contributes to the sense of place and identity.
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Read more about our 2018 progress against targets in our Measure chapter