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Acton and Park Royal Creative Enterprise Zone launch event takes place

Hundreds of people including artists, designers and creatives have attended an opening event to mark the launch of the Mayor of London’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and Ealing Council’s new Creative Enterprise Zone.

The Acton and Park Royal Creative Enterprise Zone was unveiled by yesterday (23 September 2022) by London Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE, with Park Royal Design District taking part in the annual London Design Festival.

The Park Royal Design District, sponsored by OPDC, City & Docklands and Imperial College London, is home to more than 250 studios with over 50 of them opening their doors this weekend as part of the London Design Festival.

Click here to view some of the studios and designers who have opened their doors.

Justine Simons said: “The Mayor launched the Creative Enterprise Zones programme in 2018 to protect and preserve our city’s world leading cultural and creative industries and ensure that wherever you are in London, you can find the tools, connections and opportunities you need to bring your ideas to life, to build a career and make your future happen.

Ms Simons added: “Park Royal is home to some of the capital’s most interesting and creative artists, makers, and producers. This new Creative Enterprise Zone will help shine a light on the hidden creative economy that fuels London’s theatres, films, events, gigs and galleries.”

Yinka Ilori, a Park Royal-based artist said: “Park Royal is a vibrant hub of creative activity and is home to an incredible mix of artists, designers and makers. The area’s new Creative Enterprise Zone status will make it possible for the next generation of talent in West London to have access to affordable studio spaces alongside training and funding that supports the growth of their practice.”

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation CEO, David Lunts added: “Acton and Park Royal are home to some of the capital’s most interesting and creative artists, makers and producers. As the Mayor’s development corporation for regenerating the area, we’re working to invest in and support local people and businesses. The Creative Enterprise Zone will help nurture talent and drive investment as this area grows.”

Ealing Council leader Peter Mason said:  “I’m delighted that Acton has been chosen as one of two new creative enterprise zones in London. This will create the perfect environment for artists and creatives to put down roots, grow and nurture the skills of local people for generations to come.”

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