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East Bank appoints first director as new cultural quarter gets ready to launch

Tamsin Ace is the new Director of East Bank  (Em Fitzgerald)
Tamsin Ace is the new Director of East Bank (Em Fitzgerald)

The newly-appointed director of the East Bank cultural quarter has promised to “work alongside” the people of east London to make it a success.

Tamsin Ace, whose CV includes stints at the Museum of the Home, the Southbank and London College of Fashion, is the first person to take on the role at the site in the Olympic Park which will become home to a new University College London campus, the V&A, BBC Music Studios and Sadler’s Wells East.

The BBC Music Studios which will open at East Bank (BBC)
The BBC Music Studios which will open at East Bank (BBC)

She said: “The legacy of East Bank is one rooted in the diverse communities of east London and is a reflection of the creative spirit and the legacy of the 2012 Games.

“As the first Director of East Bank, I am committed to ensuring London’s newest cultural quarter embodies this legacy by ensuring collaboration between cultural institutions, world-leading universities and the people of the Olympic boroughs.

“It is an absolute privilege to be a part of this incredible new chapter of London’s history and I look forward to working alongside the partners and neighbouring communities to inform and create moments and experiences that resonate, connect and are relevant on a local, national and international platform.”

Internal render view of new V&A collection and research centre at Here East, with Altamira Palace ceiling installed (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
Internal render view of new V&A collection and research centre at Here East, with Altamira Palace ceiling installed (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

She will be charged with bringing the different institutions together to work on a cultural and education programme aiming to reach millions of Londoners.

This month see the opening of the new UCL campus with around 4,000 students expected to be based there, while London College of Fashion (LCF) will bring 6,500 students and staff to its buildings at the same time.

Sadler’s Wells East is set to open next year with the V&A East and V&A Storehouse following in 2025.

Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE, said Ace would bring “a wealth of experience and knowledge” to the role.]

She said: “East Bank is the biggest ever cultural investment by the Mayor of London, putting culture and education at the heart of the Olympic legacy, a place of inspiration, entertainment and discovery. I know Tamsin will help bring our East Bank vision to life, as we build a better London for everyone.”