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

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     Group 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, 

          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

          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.     

                         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.

          Group Shows, The Great Purpose, London. New 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

1997         Conference, plan and implement Art and Health projects, sponsored by the Kingsfund

1993         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