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Newsletter: July

What’s been happening at Here East

Hello from Here East and welcome to your summer campus update! We have lots of events happening over the summer so here’s your round-up of what we have been up to on campus and everything that we have planned.

We wanted 2017 to be our ‘year of occupation’ and just over half way through the year, we are making this a reality. Here East is now 65% let and we are constantly adding to our community.

Fancy a new look? Next month you’ll be able to head on down to Bucks Barbers, opening on Canalside early August and any coffee lovers on campus will soon be able to get their caffeine fix from two new venues onsite: Coffee Works and Change Please. Change Please is a community interest coffee specialist company who will be staffing the coffee van with formerly homeless baristas. 

London Tech Week 2017 and The Global Disability Innovation Summit

Back in June we welcomed Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, along with London’s top tech players to Here East for the launch of London Tech Week and the opening of Plexal – Europe’s new innovation centre.

We were also proud to be a host venue for the two-day Global Disability Innovation Summit – a unique forum for academics, disabled people, practitioners, community members, international partners, organisations and innovators to shape future debates around disability. The inspiring event brought 70 global speakers to London looking at everything from wheelchairs and wearable tech, to art, culture, charity, corporate and sport. The event was trending second on Twitter in the UK: and has already created lots of fantastic engagement, conversations and ideas.  

Welcome Ford!

We were delighted to announce that the global car giant, Ford, will be joining our growing community with the opening of a Smart Mobility Innovation Office. The office will develop smart solutions to modern urban transport challenges and plans to open later this year. Find out more about their plans here.

Makers Events

We recently partnered with Urban Makers East to curate a fabulous indoor makers market to showcase the work of handpicked local designers and makers. Keep an eye out on social media for future pop up opportunities.

This ran alongside The Great Get Together a community event in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park hosted by the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Jo Cox Foundation in tribute to the late MP.

Makers Project: Christmas at Here East

Though the sun may still be shining, we’re calling on all artists, makers, and creative shakers to design a festive installation to sit at the heart of our Steel Mill Reception space this winter. It’s a great chance for local creatives to work with us and build something extraordinary that ties together Here East’s ethos with the festive season.

This exciting commission is open to creative individuals and collaborative groups, both established and emerging, with a £2,000 budget available for the commission.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday 18 August 2017
Installation Date: Thursday 23 November 2017

Project brief available here.

Here East in the news

Here East continues to hit the headlines with a number of mentions in the media:



Skills and Employment

At Here East we are working hard to make a lasting positive social and economic contribution to our local area.

Work experience
This summer we’ve hosted a number of talented work experience placements across the campus with a range of young people from the local area. Click here to read a blog written by one of our work experience students, Shanti, reflecting on his experiences at Here East and how we are working with the local community to maximise employment opportunities for local residents. 

UCL schools’ workshops
Ahead of University College London’s arrival at Here East this September, we invited local secondary schools to come down during National Robotics Week to them a taster of what UCL will be doing on campus and how their research will impact people’s daily lives. Students were introduced to a fun and versatile little robot called the KUKA youBot, an educational research robot aimed at teaching its users. Read more about this event here.

Inspiring success: Loughborough University in London
Loughborough University in London is working in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to deliver it’s ‘Inspiring Success’ employability program for the third year running on 3 and 4 July 2017.

The programme has been developed to provide help and assistance to graduates from Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest who completed university between 2012 and 2016 and are now unemployed or earning less than £570 per week. One of Here East’s team members, Clayton Thomas, took part in the programme last year. Read about his experiences here.

LLDC Apprenticeship Awards
On the 5th of July, Here East were host venue to the LLDC’s National Apprenticeship Awards, a program for apprentices and employers working on LLDC funded projects. It was great to see a number of entries from Here East, who got recognised on the evening for making exceptional contributions to the workplace.

Job opportunities
Check out the latest job pages on campus here.



Upcoming Events at Here East


In the coming months, we'll be hosting some exciting events, both in our theatre space and outside in The Maker’s Yard.





Date: 28 & 29 July
Time:12pm - 6pm
Location: Press Centre and Studio Wayne McGregor

‘INSIDE OUT’ Hackney WK’ED, will be taking place at Here East. This exhibition of Hackney Wick’s diverse talents will showcase the inside working of an artist studio. Book a tour of Studio Wayne McGregor here.




Open House 

Date: 16 September
Time: All day
Location: Here East Press Centre

We will also be opening our doors again for Open House the capital’s largest festival of architecture and design. Our tenants; Plexal, Loughborough University in London and Studio Wayne McGregor, will be opening their doors for the very first time. So keep an eye on our events page and social media channels for more details and make sure you come on down!




OFFF London 2017

Date: 29 - 30 September
Time:8am - 8pm
Location: Here East Press Centre 

We’re delighted to be partnering with the organisers of the renown Barcelona OFFF festival to bring OFFF London 2017 to Here East.

OFFF is an international creativity festival that unites the worlds of graphic design, moving image, digital, music and performance.
It's a community inviting all those who are eager to learn to participate and get inspired on a journey of conferences, workshops, activities and performances.What is it about exactly? It’s a combination of Offline/Online designers, Motion Designers, Thinkers, Sound Designers, Graphic Designers, Theorists, Developers, Professionals, Students… Putting the titles aside, OFFF is made for the curious.




Foodie Fridays

Date: August & ongoing
Location: The Makers Yard, Here East

Street food coming soon! From August, Street Dots will be landing in the Here East Yard, with a regularly changing lineup of street food traders on Campus, every Friday.  To find out what's cooking on a daily basis, check out the StreetDots app on Apple or Android or give them a follow at @StreetDots and get sharing those food pics.  We know you want to! #streetdots





Here East coffee morning 

Our regular community coffee mornings will be taking a short summer break in August but keep an eye on our website for updates about our next one in September. 




Stay up-to-dates on events and activities at Here East, visit our events page here.



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