Summer of Play: Wembley Park Announces Summer Cultural Season, with Remi Rough’s ‘Flight’
Wembley Park today, 11 June, unveiled Flight – a major new commission by London-based street artist Remi Rough – to celebrate the commencement of its summer cultural programme, Summer of Play.
Known for his dramatic and colourful abstract compositions that have transformed buildings and locations around the world, Rough was inspired by the Wembley Park site’s flow of people in devising the concept for Flight. With the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium in the background, the design is viewed as distinct elements until the viewer stands directly in front, at which point the image dramatically locks into place.
Discussing the artwork, artist Remi Rough said: ” Wembley Park is an exciting place undergoing a huge transformation. You quickly get a sense of it being a very dynamic and creative place, and I wanted this work to reflect and enhance this. I wanted Flight to be a containment of movement so that people can enjoy the experience simply by being within the installation, but not feel the need to only look at it in its entirety. The installation is essentially there to move around, upon and within; even in its static state, it’s constantly moving. It seems a very appropriate way to begin a summer of activity at Wembley Park!”
Flight’s arrival officially kicks off Summer of Play – a curated season of cultural activities that invite visitors and residents to enjoy the transformed Wembley Park over the summer months. The programme adds to the headline music and sporting events for which the area is internationally known, and forms part of an ambitious multi-year cultural strategy for the area as it rapidly evolves into one of London’s newest cultural neighbourhoods and destinations.
Introducing the programme, Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries said: “As Brent looks forward to becoming London Borough of Culture in 2020, it is thrilling to see such exciting things happening at Wembley Park. The site will host globally recognised events such as International Busking Day 2018 as well as being home to London’s newest and largest Boxpark. ‘Summer of Play’ will invite Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to discover world-class music and art beyond the city centre, highlighting to our city and the world that Wembley is a thriving cultural destination open to all.”
Cllr. Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, added: “This is a really exciting programme of film, performances, music and art, and just goes to show that the area has become so much more than just a match day destination. As we gear up for our year as London Borough of Culture 2020, it’s great to see this kind of investment in the arts for communities in Brent. I encourage residents to head to Wembley Park over the summer and make the most of this fantastic season of cultural events.”
On behalf of Quintain, the regeneration specialists delivering Wembley Park, Chief Operating Officer James Saunders said: “It’s a great pleasure to see Flight installed, officially opening Wembley Park’s first cultural season. With over 300 hours of free events across the summer, it shows how the area is coming alive with creativity and that everyone is welcome.
Wembley Park is already world famous as a destination for large-scale, iconic events. As the area is being transformed into a new neighbourhood and place to live, we are now adding an ongoing programme of more intimate, cultural experiences, which we hope will both surprise and delight existing and new audiences”.
Summer of Music
– The Mayor of London’s International Busking Day relocating from Trafalgar Square to Wembley Park as it is recognised as the official global destination for International Busking Day 2018, with GLA-supported busking across the site throughout the summer
– ‘Gigs’, the 10th annual competition to find the best young talent in the UK, comes to Wembley Park for its London heat, providing a unique platform for next generation of talent to be discovered. To help prepare, a free Gigs Academy Day at SSE Arena, Wembley will put young performers through their paces, combining practical advice and Q&A with pros
-Free guitar lessons with professional instructors at The Yellow Pavilion
Summer of Movement
– Rendezvous Gathering XIII, the world’s signature annual international parkour event, comes to Wembley Park for a three-day event of professional displays, open jams and workshops. Events and performances across the park are complemented by Parkour Generations at the Yellow Pavilion, providing instruction and guidance for all to learn the basics of parkour
– Color Run, the happiest 5k on the planet, returns to Wembley Park to cover streets and runners alike in glorious technicolour
– Free health and fitness classes and sessions at The Yellow Pavilion, including Wembley Park Cycle Club, London Youth Rowing, Wembley Stadium Running club and yoga
Summer of Making
– Flag making and woodcarving creative workshops hosted by Emergency Exit Arts and led by artists Stephen Stockbridge and Helen Davenport, with free sessions for local children
– Talks for all ages and audiences at Wembley Library
– Hands-on sessions to learn the skills and techniques of urban gardening, with regular sessions at The Yellow Pavilion
Summer of Design
– Flight – a major public art installation by acclaimed international artist Remi Rough
– The arrival of So Last Century Vintage and Retro fair, the first in NW London, during London Design Festival, with mid-century pieces sold alongside contemporary work from residents of Wembley Park’s 26 affordable studio spaces
– Architectural tours, including guided architectural tours of Wembley Park as part of Open House London, with a chance to go behind the scenes and discover secret locations across one of the world’s most iconic destinations.
– Tours of Second Floor Studios & Arts to meet the 28 artists and designers resident at Wembley Park
Summer of Play adds to the major events taking place at Wembley Stadium and SSE Arena, Wembley, as well as a burgeoning retail and food offer at the London Designer Outlet, which is visited by over 7m visitors each year. Wembley Park is fast establishing its credentials as a new creative hub for the capital, with the recent opening of 26 affordable artist studios and the announcement of London’s largest Boxpark to date, Boxpark Wembley, set to open in the autumn. Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre was also recently announced, opening its doors in November. Delivered by the award-winning team behind King’s Cross Theatre, it will offer a flexible 1,000-2,000 seat capacity space being created inside the former Fountain Studios, best known as the venue of live televised shows including The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
At the heart of Wembley Park, The Yellow Pavilion Community Centre has been created to build a vibrant and happy neighbourhood by bringing together existing and new residents, workers and local groups through an extensive weekly programme of community activities, ranging from urban gardening to Indian classical dance.
Summer of Play runs from June to September, at various locations in Wembley Park.
For more information and listings, please visit wembleypark.com/summerofplay