hackneywick.org is the website for the Hackney Wick & Fish Island Cultural Interest Group (the CIG). The CIG meets every 2nd Friday of the month at 9.30am to 11am at various venues in Hackney Wick and Fish Island.
The Hackney Wick & Fish Island Cultural Interest Group was founded in 2010 to facilitate a permanent, sustainable, creative community in Hackney Wick and Fish Island and particularly to advance the arts and culture.
Hackney Wick and Fish Island was once a thriving Victorian industrial suburb with its main products including petroleum, plastics, inks, dyes and confectionery. Hackney Wick and Fish Island currently has the highest concentration of creative practitioners and artist studios in Europe which means that today, creativity drives the HWFI economy.
The Cultural Interest Group’s role is to facilitate the conditions in Hackney Wick and Fish Island in which creative practitioners can develop their practice to become sustainable. The CIG supports the local creative economy by encouraging links between:
This is achieved through engagement, partnership building, resource sharing and collaboration.
Hackney Wick & Fish Island Cultural Interest Group Code of Conduct
“Working together to build a permanent sustainable creative economy in Hackney Wick and Fish Island since 2010″
Hackney Wick & Fish Island Cultural Interest Group (CIG) suggests a Code of Conduct for all corporate bodies,
commercial entities, brands, institutions,charities, established social enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, investors and
developers wanting to operate in and engage with local residents, artists, creative practitioners, makers, designers, workspace providers, businesses and arts and cultural institutions (the HWFI creative sector) to ensure that mutually beneficial
relationships are established based on respect, honesty, integrity and trust.
The CIG Code of Conduct seeks to ensure:
That commercial, public sector, third sector and institutional entities operating in the HWFI creative sector deliver a tangible economic benefit at grassroots level – no one is asked or expected to work for free;
That commercial, public sector, third sector and institutional entities join the CIG or a similar local network and that they publicly sign up to a minimum of 4 of the 7 options.
The CIG Code of Conduct:
1) Local sourcing of employment, skills, training, talent, supply chain and services wherever possible;
2) Pro-active support and promotion of Hackney Wick and Fish Island as one of London’s foremost authentic centres of art, culture and creativity;
3) Provision of access to networks, expertise and knowledge including key personnel for board, trustee or advisory roles to the HWFI creative sector;
4) Development of commercial partnerships, joint ventures and other economic opportunities with the HWFI creative sector for mutual growth and benefit;
5) Formation of sustainable reinvestment loops to ensure that a minimum percentage of profit generated in the HWFI creative sector is reinvested locally;
For Property Owners, Landlords and Developers:
6) Sign up to a public register of responsible landlords with self-imposed caps on workspace rent increases as well as residential rent/leases for creative practitioners (suggested maximum increase linked to rpi or similar);
7) Provision of an agreed minimum level of affordable workspace and/or housing for creative practitioners and residents in all new developments.
CIG Terms of Reference
Chair – William Chamberlain
The CIG core principles are:
Successes to date:
Planning & Development: Joint Chairs Richard, Lee; members Daren, Isaac, Tom, William, Anna, LLDC
Canals and Waterways: Chair Lee, members tbc
Events: Chair William, Hackney Wicked Art Festival, Hackney Wick Festival, Open House, LLDC
Website: Chair William, members Andreas, Martin, Daren, Omar
Education and Learning – Chair Tracie Trimmer; members tbc
How to join
Free, open membership, personal invitation, word of mouth.
Minutes of the HW&FI Cultural Interest Group
The Hackney Wick and Fish Island Cultural Interest Group is wholly owned by the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Community Interest Company registered in England under Company No. 8431081