Adriana Marques

Head of Thamesmead Cultural Strategy | Peabody

Professional background: Culture, heritage, community leadership and co-design

Speaking experience: Main Presenter, Panellist

Speaker topics: Culture-led regeneration, cultural infrastructure and meanwhile uses, community-led culture and co-design processes

Adriana is an expert in culture-led regeneration and is leading the cultural strategy in Thamesmead for Peabody, as part of their 30 year vision for the town. The strategy has delivered affordable artist studios in an iconic brutalist building, set up a local arts organisation and locally-run radio station, established a large scale community-led festival, and commissioned international art projects that have put Thamesmead on the map. Adriana is now looking at community governance and how we can embed long term cultural programmes in collaboration with local people.
She is also known for delivering the public art programme on the Olympic Park as it was built, and leading LLDC’s Cultural Strategy which has led to the creation of East Bank, and the protection of artist studios in Hackney Wick through LLDC’s Local Plan.
Adriana is a member of the NLA’s Culture Expert Panel, the GLA’s Advisory Board for the Thames Estuary Production Corridor and a mentor for University of the Arts undergraduate programme.

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