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Acton and Park Royal Creative Enterprise Zone celebration

Ten local projects which have been awarded funding as part of the Acton and Park Royal Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) have been celebrated at an event which took place at Levant Cafe in Park Royal. 

Supported by The Mayor of London’s development corporation for West London, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) the evening showcased the projects which were supported. These included MAMA Youth who partnered with Garden Studios to deliver a digital media production training course for young people and The Park Royal Women’s Group which was created to provide a safe space for women to gather, share, collaborate and support women who live and work in the area.

Other projects awarded funding included Bollo Brook Youth Centre to work with local young people to create a film celebrating the culture of tea drinking and which is now shown at London’s Horniman Museum.

OPDC Chief Executive David Lunts said: “Acton and Park Royal is home to some of the capital’s most interesting and creative artists, makers and producers. It has been fantastic to see the work of the awardees and we have seen first-hand, the real difference they have made to the local creative community.”

Councillor Louise Brett, Ealing Council Cabinet Member for Decent Living Incomes added: “It was great to see the huge diversity of projects at the CEZ and the positive impact they are having locally, helping us to further tap in to the 367,000 creatives that call Ealing their home. I look forward to seeing how the programme progresses as it continues to deliver more great projects for the local area and community.”

Colin Brent from Bollo Brook said: “‘Working with young people from Bollo Brook Youth Centre to explore the different cultures around and discussions over tea has enabled us to gain an invaluable insight into a range of important issues in their lives, for them to learn skills in film making, and for all of us to not have any excuses to spend more time in the wonderful tea houses of Park Royal and Acton. As the Creative Enterprise Zone continues to grow and develop, we look forward to working with the OPDC and partners to create further opportunities for young people to express themselves creativity.’

Cristina Ciobanu, COO of MAMA Youth Project added: “At MAMA Youth we are proud of our collaboration with the Garden Studios. Our trainees not only had access to the latest production technologies, but they also had the opportunity to gain tangible skills working alongside experienced professionals.”

Grace Williams, founder of Park Royal Women’s Group said: “Park Royal Women’s Group has had a positive impact on the area by securing OPDC’s commitment to signing the Women’s Night Safety Charter and its commitment to improve the public realm. Now the group exists, PRWG can be consulted on specifically as a group with valued input for future consultations and proposals affecting women’s safety and other issues.”

Full list of 10 projects supported:

  • Park Royal Open Workshop (POW); providing affordable access to specialist tools and equipment including wood and metal working, digital fabrication, textiles and more
  • MAMA Youth Project; joined forces with reputable film studio, Garden Studios to deliver a digital media production training course for young people from underrepresented and challenging backgrounds
  • Bollo Brook Youth Centre; worked with young people to produce a film about the area’s tea houses and creativity
  • A LOOK INTO; delivering 10 workshops on accessing the film industry and gaining tangible skills to secure work experience and employment
  • Standard Road Market; curated the first-of-its-kind market event that developed connections in the local area, promoting goods, services and materials to the local community
  • Re’Festival; used Re’Store and EX2 Studio to host pop-ups, events, talks and workshops to promote the circular economy and makers in Acton and Park Royal
  • ARTification and Pati Starzykowski; engaging the community in the creation of two public art installations within the local area
  • Park Royal Nights; hosted Park Royal Nights events giving opportunities for storytelling, poetry, music and inspiration within the community
  • Park Royal Womens Group; created the first Park Royal Womens’ Group providing a safe space for women to gather, share, collaborate and support women who live and work in the area
  • Park Royal Design District; developing a central website to grow and build a directory of creative businesses, local events calendar, interactive map and creative research into a procurement platform

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