Culture Mile aims to create a major destination for culture and creativty in the north-west corner of the Square Mile over the next 10 to 15 years. Led by the the City of London Corporation together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London it is an ambitious and transformative intiative. Stretching just under a mile from Farringdon to Moorgate, Culture Mile will have creative exchange, cultural collaboration and learning at its core in an area where 2,000 years of history collide with the world’s best in culture.
Culture Mile’s core partners are all internationally acclaimed organisations in their own right and some partnerships already operate across these institutions. Over the next decade the five partners will transform the area, improving their offer to audiences with imaginative collaborations, outdoor programming and events seven days a week. Links between venues will be improved and major enhancements to the streets and wider public realm will enliven the area which, as Culture Mile expands and flourishes, will be regenerated.
To signal the first steps in the animation and transformation of the area, Culture Mile Pop Ups features a range of temporary art installations, gardens and signage. This includes Morag Myerscough’s Joy and Peace, a large scale installation on Silk Street and the Snmithfield Rotunda Graden, and Moor Lane Gardens, a pop-up collection of gardens.
Crossrail’s new Elizabeth Line connections at Farringdon and Moorgate, which open in December 2018, will make it much easier to travel to, and from, the City. Around 1.5 million additional visitors a year will be within a 45-minute journey of the area when the Elizabeth Line becomes fully operational in December 2019 and the North-South Thameslink line is upgraded.
There are three major building projects associated with Culture Mile which enhance its potential scale and ambition. These include the new Museum of London at West Smithfield which is already developing its designs; the proposed Centre for Music which has announced the short list of world class arhcitects competing to develop the concept design and the transformation of Beech Street which will become a crucial axis for Culture Mile.
Culture Mile will develop an extensive network of organisations in and around the area which will play a critical role in realising the ambitions of Culture Mile, alongside the five core partners. These organisations represent the continuing and changing face of the City of London and share the commitment to help transform the area. 15 are already on board and this will grow over the coming months.
Culture Mile is represented in GCDN by the Barbican Centre, the Museum of London, and the City of London Corporation. Combined, these organizations provide world class exhibits and concerts, as well as dance, theatre, commerce, and housing for over 4,000 residents.
MissionA partnership of leading UK arts organizations working cooperatively to create a cultural destination in the City of London.