London’s best pop-up restaurants and interactive art installations will take flight in a secret location in Canary Wharf this June.
The location, to be known as Create House, is being donated by Canary Wharf Group plc, the owners and developers of the iconic business and shopping district. It will feature headline activities for the annual CREATE11 Festival running this year from 24 June to 25 July 2011.
Now in its fourth year, CREATE11 celebrates East London’s standing as the largest and most dynamic cultural area in Europe through more than 200 events and exhibitions featuring art, design, food, film, music, theatre events and more.
Restaurants in Residence
Heralding a new era of ‘pop-up’ dining, the CREATE11 festival commission Restaurants in Residence will showcase four of the very best restaurants from London’s underground dining scene every week during the festival. Each week from 25 June to 23 July will bring a fresh and innovative approach to seasonal British cooking.
Kicking off the culinary creativity, The Clove Club brings their cutting-edge supper club to this quirky setting, with The Young Turks collective James Lowe and Isaac McHale serving-up a unique produce led approach to British food from 25 June to 2 July 2011.
Moving into the Restaurants in Residence kitchens on 5 July 2011, A Bit More Of What You Fancy, the apt spin-off of A Little Of What You Fancy will be showcasing the very best local London produce, from salmon smoked in Stoke Newington to fennel tops grown in Old Street. With a tradition of authentic British food and a friendly relaxed vibe, the brains behind A Bit More Of What You Fancy will no doubt tempt visitors to enjoy just that little bit more…
During week three of this pioneering venture Shacklewell Nights will spread the joy of seasonal British food from 12 to 16 July 2011. As two of the leading players on the capital’s ‘pop-up’ dining scene, Claire Roberson and Jonathan Woolway will leave their old Dalston clothing factory for Restaurants in Residence’s retro office set-up for five days of experimental dining.
For the final week East London institution and originator of POP-UP, Bistrotheque will bring a dining experience to celebrate the excess and glamour of the Eighties. Somewhere between historical ‘document’ and soap opera, the menu will be an amalgamation of dishes from the culinary giants of the decade and the service will offer a reminder of the way we used to dine. A perfect climax to CREATE11 Restaurants in Residence.
Tickets for the hidden dining experience will be going on sale on 30 May 2011 at www.createlondon.org with a set menu of up to six courses priced at just £45.
Celebrating East London Art at Create House
Celebrating the wealth of creative and artistic talent in east London, visitors with an appetite for art can enjoy some of the Capital’s most inspiring interactive creations at Create House.
The Space Between, an exhibition by graduating BA ‘Design for Interaction and Moving Image’ students from the distinguished London College of Communication offers an intriguing approach to interactive art. In collaboration with award-winning Shoreditch-based production company and animation studio, Nexus Productions and Interactive Arts, a series of live events will explore the concept of space, pushing its boundaries through a range of media and technologies.
Alongside this, PROTOCOL an intercultural exhibition by Swiss artist Yann Gross and UK artist Bronwen Parker-Rhodes offers a ‘laboratory’ that facilitates exchange and collaboration between the two creative forces. Brainchild of the Helvetic Centre, the project consists of a series of exhibitions and talks dedicated to photography.
With the exact location of this secret venue still under wraps, excitement is mounting in the run up to the official unveiling of Create House on 24 June 2011.
Katy Doggett from Canary Wharf Group plc says: “Create House celebrates Canary Wharf’s passion for cultural and culinary excellence. Some of the world’s most creative and talented people live and work on our doorstep and it is a privilege to welcome them in to showcase their brilliance. Initiatives like Create House, the recent bar and restaurant openings and our year-round Arts & Events programme all help to place Canary Wharf at the centre of London’s cultural scene.”
Ben Rymer, Founder of Restaurants in Residence adds: “The essence of the pop up movement is about taking alien spaces and re-interpreting them for your own usage. What better setting to explore this ethos for Restaurants in Residence than Canary Wharf, as well as having as much fun with it as possible.”
Hadrian Garrard, Director of the CREATE festival: “ We are delighted to partner for the first year with the Canary Wharf Group and are incredibly excited about the east London, culinary and cultural talents in Create House! With one year to go to the London 2012 Games, the CREATE festival is at the forefront of celebrating Europe’s largest cultural quarter with an extraordinary range of cultural experiences for all. Following the success of previous site-specific festival collaborations, this year CREATE continues to present homemade, world class programming in surprising spaces such as Create House.”
Create House at Canary Wharf is part of the CREATE11 festival. To find out more about the festival and to book tickets please visit: www.createlondon.org.
Create House will be established in an empty office building on the Canary Wharf Estate that is earmarked for future development. The exact location of Create House will be announced in the coming weeks…
For further details please see www.canarywharf.com and www.restaurantsinresidence.com.
For media queries or images, please contact:
Rosie Kempson/Caroline Parrish
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
CREATE11 festival press office:
Sarah Harvey / Hélène Muron
T: 020 7232 2812
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf including ROKA, Plateau, the parlour, Canteen, Rocket, Jamie’s Italian and, most recently, Boisdale of Canary Wharf. This vibrant destination is fast-becoming a gastronomic ‘hot-spot’ with an array of exciting new openings and foodie events taking place throughout 2011. Recently dubbed by critics as “London’s Las Vegas for Food”, Canary Wharf is rapidly establishing itself at the centre of London’s hospitality scene with a number of big-name openings this year.
Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.
CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.
20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.
Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
About Restaurants in Residence
Restaurants In Residence is a joint venture between Seamless Ltd, Canary Wharf and the CREATE festival. Seamless Ltd will be setting up and operating the restaurant space. Each week RIR will be operated by a different pop – up restaurant over 5 sittings of 80 people. The menu, staff, chefs and decor will be dictated by the different restaurants to create their own unique dining experience.
CREATE is the annual summer festival that celebrates Europe’s largest cultural quarter: the Olympic Host Boroughs where over 12,000 artists live and work. Now in its fourth year, CREATE takes place between 24 June and 25 July in east and south east London.