About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Who are we investing in?

Studio Wayne McGregor is a dance company and charity based in London and building on the work of pioneering choreographer and director Wayne McGregor.

Running parallel with Studio Wayne McGregor’s performance work is its Learning and Engagement programme, which sees the organisation collaborate with local authorities, schools and other charities to create educational and community dance projects to empower young people and adults, raise their aspirations and help them connect with their inner creativity.

What are we investing in?

Studio Wayne McGregor recently completed a £5.4m capital development to create a permanent space for its dance company and administrative team on the site of Here East in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Thanks, in part, to a £500,000 loan we were able to offer the charity, the new site opened successfully in March 2017, making Studio Wayne McGregor the first cultural organisation to settle in the Olympic Park.

Having its own headquarters will allow the organisation to focus its creative energy under one roof, be more proactive in terms of setting its social impact agenda and pioneer new ways of working with artists.

The space has also made it possible for Studio Wayne McGregor to launch an ambitious new artist development and community engagement initiative – FreeSpace. This programme gives up to five weeks of free studio space use (up to 5,000 hours each year) to choreographic artists, who, in exchange, are asked to give back some of their time and expertise to deliver one to five days of creative learning and engagement activities for local schools and communities.

Read the full case study on Studio Wayne McGregor on the Arts Impact Fund website.