Community group cheering with hands in the air

The Thames Estuary is powered by its people. Entrepreneurs, creators, producers, participants, audiences, learners and future leaders all have a part to play.


Estuary people

Our success has been built on our diversity. It has been a place of arrivals and departures for hundreds of years.

Now Creative Estuary is raising the voices and stories of our all of communities as we position the area as a new hub for cultural growth and employment. The creative people living, working and learning along the Estuary are at the heart of our narrative as we open up more creative production, new career paths and opportunities for all.

Despite our economic success in the creative industries as a nation, our residents are less likely to enter creative employment than similar regions in the UK. Through our work, the creative industries will be a more visible employment choice across the Estuary; our people will have access to more creative skills training, education and careers and we will support organisations to source the skilled workforce they need.

Through new proactive networks of research and industry partners, our creative entrepreneurs will be supported to develop collaborative working practice that champions innovation, resilience and diversification.

Together with the people living and working here, we will find new solutions to strengthen our communities and create a cohort of leaders to grow creative businesses and amplify cultural activity along the length of the Estuary.

Creative couple building greenhouse structure

Projects in the making