Current projects

creative estuary

Supported using public funding by arts council england

Creative Estuary has a vision to forge a new future founded on creative energy and innovation, along the length of the Thames Estuary. The project is supported by The Department of Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) and led by a consortium of public sector and cultural organisations. In early 2019 the University of Kent was awarded £4.3m from the DCMS Cultural Development Fund on behalf of the partners. DCMS funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England. 

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Cultural Co-location Pilots 

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) and Thurrock Council (for Purfleet Town Centre regeneration scheme) are joint partners for Cultural Co-location which is about testing and demonstrating new practice in the role of culture in planning and placemakingBy ‘co-location’ we mean exploring opportunities to integrate cultural facilities and other uses into planned civic buildings and outdoor spaces,facilitating places for creative activity within different development scenariosSupported by Kent School of Architecture and Planning, the pilots aim to influence local and national planning policy for culture.  

 EDC’s pilot will be delivered across 4 commissions: 
Co-production and Prospectus 

Architects RCKa and AOC are leading a consortium to collaborate with stakeholders on plans for cultural and community facilities across 2 development zones: Whitecliffe and Northfleet. The team are engaging across local neighbourhoods and regionally to understand what the need and demand is for cultural, community and commercial facilities and it identify tenants and users. They will map these needs across the planned civic infrastructure for each neighbourhood before co-designing one permanent building in each area to RIBA stage 2 with stakeholders. Place specialists Fourth Street are creating a Prospectus for Ebbsfleet Garden City which outlines spaces for culture and promotes Ebbsfleet Garden City as a creative place to work and live.


 Meanwhile Opportunities Action Plan 

Leading meanwhile specialists Turner Works have been commissioned in partnership with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects to assess potential meanwhile sites and uses across the whole of Ebbsfleet Garden City and to develop an assessment tool which allows EDC to plan for and initiate meanwhile uses on identified sites in the future. The team will also co-design proposals and options to RIBA stage 2 with stakeholders for temporary uses on land owned by EDC at Northfleet Station. 

CLOUD9 Creative Wellbeing Festival 

cloud 9 - a brand new creative wellbeing festival for Ebbsfleet and beyond

Through a partnership with The Gr@nd Healthy Living Centre, CLOUD 9 will support EDC to interrogate what a co-location model of creative wellbeing could be for our planned Health & Wellbeing Hub at Ebbsfleet Central. to address the wider determinants of health and to develop proposals for our health and wellbeing hub. CLOUD9 will be a FREE festival of activities that brings communities together, outdoors, and online, to promote positive wellbeing, healthy lifestyles, physical activity and most importantly, to have fun! 

Community-led Cultural Programming 

EDC will commission artists to work in partnership with local residents to develop a programme of creative activities and commissions community-led linked to the two buildings developed in commission 1 will enable creative and community activity, and ways of working to be tested and continue throughout construction. Planned for 2021-22. 

This Must be the Place 

This Must be the Place (previously Future Ebbsfleet) is a pioneering three-year placemaking programme of research, artists residencies, and co-commissions created collaboratively with young people from Ebbsfleet Garden City.  

Working with artists and a wide range of partners, young people aged 16-25 will co-lead the programme, exploring and shaping Ebbsfleet Garden City as it is built. Together they will consider innovative and radical placemaking ideas with partners including architects, designers, philosophers, and policy makers, and share their research on what has worked locally, nationally, and internationally. This process will feed into a series of new and experimental art commissions and residencies, embedded in the city and community, connecting the histories and potential futures of the social, political, geographical, and civic landscapes they live in. 

Get involved
If you are 16-25, living in and around Ebbsfleet Garden City, or are an organisation who works with young people, and would like to hear more about how you can get involved, please email 

This Must be the Place is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. 

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Blueprint Arts

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Local arts organisation Blueprint Arts (formerly Blueprint Film Foundation) have been busy working with young families across Ebbsfleet Garden City to tell an imaginative virtual story together. With each family contributing to the plot line by line, voicing characters and creating drawings to match, the story has evolved during lockdown as a fantastical tale about The MONSTERS! Enjoy…