In 2005 Frank Creber was appointed Director of Visual Arts for Water City CIC, leading on a programme of collaborative, educational and exhibition events, which to date have involved over 1,000 children and 200 Artists and musicians.

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.

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


2019 Group Print Show at the Lounge, Thames-side Studios, Charlton

2019 Open Studios at Thames-side Studios, Charlton

2019 Lost and Found (working title) with Ferha Farouqui at Lumen Space, Tavistock, London

2019 Good and Bad Government, with Michael Johnson and John Clark, at Alison Richards Building, Cambridge University

Previous Exhibitions

2019 URBAN CONTEMPORARIES, Espacio Gallery, London.

2018 Time Warp, Group Show, Espacio Gallery, London.

2018 A Country Far Away, Group Show, London and Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

2018 The collection, Group Show, Bromley by Bow Centre.

2018 Good Government Bad Government, Group Show, Thames-side studios, London.

2017 Solo show drawings, Citywood, London.

2017 Solo show, Quaker Friends House, St. Martins Lane, London.

2017 Solo show, Industville, London.

2016 Group Show, Misbehaviour, Mile End Pavilion, London.

2016 Solo Show Tower of London, Large Mural.

2016 Solo shows - 100%Optical, ExCeL, London,

2016   Solo show Cafe East, Roman Road, Cityscapes and works about Lower Clapton Road Hackney

2015   Group Show Opens Studios Bromley by Bow Centre

2015   Solo Show Level39 8 Paintings from drawing residnecy

2015   Group Show Misbehaviour at Mile End pavilion

2014   Solo shows - Walking on Water, ExCeL, London, Lloyd's Register, London

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

2013 Group shows - Cos Art Walk. The Art of Writing, London            

2012  Solo shows -  The View Tube, Olympic Site, London. ’What the River Sings’ Trinity             Buoy Wharf, Solo show, Ephasus, Broadway market, London

2012 Group shows - Territories, Bromley By Bow Centre. Territories, group show in Den           Helder, Holland.

2011   Solo shows -  The Hub, Hackney Marshes. Water City, Trinity Buoy Wharf.     

2011   Group Shows - Taste Restaurant, Hammersmith. Hackney Utopians, Stoke               Newington Library Gallery. Spring, Smokehouse Gallery, Fish island.

2010   Solo shows Gallery Café, Bethnal Green. Water City, Café 88, Wigmore St.               Orchestra in a weekend, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

2010  Group Shows - Conduit, Smokehouse Gallery, London, La Tuerte, Madrid, Spain,         

2009   Solo Show - Fishing Village, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Chainstore, London

2008   Solo Show, Art Space Gallery, London.

2008   Group Shows, The Great Purpose, London. New 2008 English Art Club, London.

2007   Group show, Picker gallery, Kingston upon Thames. 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. 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


2014          Drawing residency Level39 Canary Wharf

2012          Painting commission from Delancey depicting the East Village.

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

2011             Commissioned by LOCOG, depicting the LOCOG team in front of the main stadium

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

1988Picker Fellowship, Kingston University

1987Barclays Bank Young Painters award

1986Herbert 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 presentVisual Arts Director, Water City CIC.

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

2016     Sainsburys Food Waste Mural

2016 Mural with Quakers in Westminster

Chinese New Year Dragon, Bromley by Bow Centre

2016       Oasis Academy 25 metre mural, Royal Docks

2015         backdrop for WaterCity Festival event at St Pauls Way School

2015         Design of 80 metres mural New Union Close Isle of Dogs, scaling up drawing.

2012    100 metre Mural Royal Docks

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 Bromley by Bow Centre

1998         Conference, plan and implement Art and Health projects, sponsored by the Kingsfund

1998         Community artshow, “Inner City Blues”, Barbican Concourse Gallery


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

1986M.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 2017 appointed trustee of SS Robin Trust





In 1985 I moved to East London, Bromley by Bow, with my wife Margy and two young boys we moved into an Acme Artist's house and became involved as founder members of the Bromley By Bow Centre.

Over the last thirty years I have pursued my painting career and also worked part time in numerous public art projects. Below are some links to the partners I have worked with and projects I have helped to create.



Bromley by Bow Centre

Water City CIC

Water City Music

Arteast public art group

Grassroots Gardens


Andrew Crummy

Maria Alvarez-Echenique

Eva Bachmann