About the artist

In 2005 Frank Creber was appointed Director of Visual Arts for Water City Festival, leading on a programme of collaborative, educational and exhibition events, which to date have involved over 300 children and 40 Artists.

In 2005 Frank Creber was appointed the official artist in residence until 2012 for Water City, an ambitious new re-development programme centred around a network of local waterways in east London. Extending from the Olympic Park in the north to East India Dock in the south, the East End is once again being subjected to the force of rapid urban renewal which Creber is recording through drawings and paintings as the project develops; a project driven by a vision to create a true legacy for east London, both physical and social.

But as an artist with over twenty years experience of working within community groups in a deprived neighbourhood in Bow, Creber is equally committed to making works that explore a deeply urban affair between a new world created in the pursuit of progress and modernity and the community that it is setting out to serve. A community whose optimism is by no means universal because they have seen before that the developers’ bulldozers can just as easily destroy the inner-city infrastructure geared to serving local needs.

Creber often allows his imagination to float high above the city looking down on figures in the foreground that cavort on scaffold structures set against a pattern of roads, the Millennium Dome, housing and construction sites of the cityscape below that provide a metaphoric embodiment of individual defiance and bloody-mindedness. They are apart from the turmoil being created around them. Alternatively, he reflects the fears of the community by presenting a city terrorised by the developer; a city in which older buildings and older communities struggle to hold their own against the forces of change.

A key to the relationship that Frank Creber has to the East End and its community lies in his role as Creative Director (up to 2010) at the celebrated Bromley by Bow Centre where he was one of the founding artists in 1986. He continues as a lead Artist for the Centre.

Frank was born in 1959 and trained at University of Newcastle upon Tyne (B.A in Painting 1981) and Chelsea College of Art (M.A. in Painting 1987) and he has collected a number of prestigious awards: the Herbert Read Fellowship at Chelsea, Barclays Bank Young Painters Award and the Pickering Fellowship at Kingston.

In 2008 Frank Creber was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, for his work in Community Arts with Young People.

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Selected Exhibitions

2014                 Solo show, Walking on Water, ExCeL, London

2014                 Solo show, Lloyd’s Register, London

2013                  Solo show, Queen Mary University, People’s Palace

2013                  Group show, Cos Art Walk, London

2013                  Group show, the Art of Writing, London

2012                  Territories, group show, Bromley By Bow Centre, London

2012                  Territories, group show in Den Helder, Holland

2012                  Solo show, The View Tube, Olympic Site, London

2012                  Backdrop for ‘What the River Sings’ Trinity Buoy Wharf

2012                  Solo show, Ephasus, Broadway market, London

2011                  Solo show, The Hub, Hackney Marshes

2011                  Group Show, Taste Restaurant, Hammersmith

2011                  Group Show, Stoke Newington Library Gallery

2011                  Group Show, Smokehouse Gallery, Fish island

2011                  Solo show, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Chainstore

2010                  Solo show Gallery Café, Bethnal Green London

2010            Solo show, Café 88, Wigmore St London

2010            Group Show, Conduit, Smokehouse Gallery, London

2010            Group Show, La Tuerte, Madrid, Spain

2010            Solo show, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

2010            Group Show, Chainstore, London

2008            Group Show, The Great Purpose, London

2008            Group Show, New English Art Club, London

2008            Solo Show, Art Space Gallery, London

2007                  Group show, Picker gallery, Kingston upon Thames

2007                  Group show, Art Space gallery, London

2006                  Solo Show, Art Space Gallery, London

2004                  Solo Show, Art Space Gallery, London

2003                  Solo Show, Greenham Arts, Newbury

2002                  Solo Show, Turtle Arts, Nottingham

2002                  Solo Show, Art House, Peterborough

1998            Solo Show, Arthur Andersen, London

1992                   Solo Show, Sue Williams Gallery, London

1991            Solo Show, Sue Williams Gallery, London

1989                   Artist of the day, Flowers East


Awards Fellowships Residencies Commissions


2012         Painting commission from  Delancey depicting the East Village, the Athletes village, to be transformed for housing in 2013

2012         Drawing residency, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Tower of London

2011         Commissioned by LOCOG Senior team leader, Bill Morris to paint a work depicting the LOCOG team in front of the main stadium

2009                  Elected Fellow of RSA for work with young people and public art

1988                  Picker Fellowship, Kingston University

1987                  Barclays Bank Young Painters award

1986                  Herbert Read Fellowship, Chelsea School of art




Works in Collections

The Royal Collection, Clarence House, Unilever PLC, IBM, Arthur Andersen, Art for Hospitals, Stanhope construction, Mother and Children’s Unit Mildmay Mission Hospital, Kingston University.





2009 to present      Visual Arts Director, Water City Festival.

2000-10         Creative Director, Bromley By Bow Centre, led on development of community enterprises, and created “Signs of life” youth Arts enterprise.

2005 to present         Arteast, social enterprise for people with Learning Disabilitiies.

1995         Project manager, responsibility for development of Bromley by Bow Gardens, 2-acre Local Park, design, build and maintenance by local communities

1993         Project manager, led on development of Arts and Health projects

1990         Project manager, responsibilities for disability project, youth project and community arts exhibitions and workshops

1985         Artist and Tutor Bromley By Bow Centre.


Community arts projects


2009 to present         Created and established Community Art Gallery at Rothschild Bank.

2009 to present         Organising a range of Public Art and Mural projects as part of Water City Festival.

2010         Curated, Conduit, group show at Smokehouse Gallery

2010         Curated River Run, group show at Trinity Buoy Wharf

2008-2009         Co-led Mural project in Nicaragua and London

2001         Roundabout project with Leaside Regeneration, local community consultation led by local people

1999         The River Within, playground design and build with young people, in partnership with the Atomic Weapons Establishment and the Institute of Child Health

1997         Conference, plan and implement Art and Health projects, sponsored by the Kingsfund

1993         Community art  show, “Inner City Blues”, Barbican Concourse Gallery





1981     B.A. Degree in fine art, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

1986            M.A. Degree in Painting, Chelsea, London



Trustee appointments


2006 to present                  Appointed trustee of Stanton Guildhouse in Gloucestershire



2012 to 2015                  Appointed trustee of Blackheath Conservatoire



2015 to present              Appointed trustee of SS Robin Trust



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