The National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 participation projects focus on engaging people living, working and studying in the Olympic host-boroughs and exploring local views and perspectives. The projects celebrate local stories of inspiration, talent and community. Working together with the University of East London, Goldsmiths College and local east London sport and community groups, the projects reflect the achievements, hopes and aspirations of people living, working and studying in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham and Greenwich.

Road to 2012: A Local Story reveals stories of local people actively involved in sport and social clubs in the Olympic host boroughs. Audio recordings celebrate their involvement in local clubs and their thoughts about the impact of London 2012 in east London. The project is documented by east London photographer Katherine Green. All recordings and images are featured here...

Road to 2012: ReAnimate, a digital participation project with students from Goldsmiths College,  musician and sonic portrait artist Martyn Ware, Goldsmiths film tutor Julian Hendriques and Road to 2012 commissioned-photographer Brian Griffin. The project culminated in a sensory performance night at the National Portrait Gallery in August 2011 called Reanimate: Late Shift Extra. Project work was screened during the night and sound, smell and performance artists occupied the Gallery.

Road to 2012: Facing East is a portrait photography project with photography and fine art students at the University of East London, and photographer and lecturer Faisal Abdu'Allah. The project explores local communities in east London and the impact of the Games on the environment.