Lee Valley Regional Park

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The arts

Where are we now?

The Park has established itself as a site for both temporary and permanent arts activities, events and cultural projects; with a number of venues, open spaces and built facilities that are used for arts activities on a permanent and temporary basis.


There are a number of art works located throughout the Park, many developed through collaborations between artists, local schools and communities. A variety of events are held in the Park, both on and off water, from the one-off Inland Waterways Festival to regular outdoor theatre, concert and circus performances.

What do we want to achieve?

  • A broad range of opportunities to experience or participate in the arts in support of our wider aims and objectives.
  • To create interest and encourage greater use of the Park.
  • We believe there are four main areas that will help us to achieve this:

1. Integration of the arts

We want to integrate a range of opportunities for the community to experience or participate in the arts as part of the development and management of the Park.

2. Performing arts

We want the Park to provide a range of space and facilities for the performing arts, and to help stage events that have a strong regional appeal to the community.

3. Works of art

We want to encourage both temporary and permanent art installations throughout the Park, focusing on a small number of high quality, regionally significant works.

4. Participation in the arts

We want the Park to provide a range of facilities and programmes for artists and the general public to participate creatively. We want to focus on delivering facilities, programmes, events, and works of art that draw participants from across the region.

How will we deliver?

On our estate

We will

  • Ensure opportunities exist to experience and participate in the arts, and for these to be integral to the ongoing development and management of our estate (particularly in the design and development of new facilities and features).
  • Identify and facilitate venues for performing arts and exhibitions.
  • Support our partners to help provide arts events and activities, including sponsorship of regional programmes.
  • Support our partners to help provide arts events and activities, including sponsorship of regional programmes.
  • Support our partners to help provide arts events and activities, including sponsorship of regional programmes.
  • Commission new art works where appropriate.

Working with others

We will

  • Work with partners to facilitate and coordinate joint programmes, marketing and promotion of the arts in the Park.
  • Explore opportunities to establish mutually beneficial partnerships with other arts venues, institutions and organisations.

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