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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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
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