Proposals for arts & café space
The concept for 206-214 Stratford High Street is to deliver high quality, low cost creative space to sustain and support London artists. Alumno is looking to develop rentable artists’ studios on the first and second floors to be run through a long term agreement with a charity organisation, SPACE Studios.
Alumno has been working hard to maximise the benefits of the affordable artists’ space to the local community and is now in a position to offer a bursary funding each year to a Newham resident, for one of the artists’ studios through an initiative being run by SPACE studios. This will help to support a local artist/artists and through this funding, SPACE will look to run open workshops and do further work with local schools.
The artists’ studios would be of varying sizes, with the average being about 27sqm, with additional storage/other space as required by artists. The studios will have a single dedicated entrance for general access as well as delivery/ collection of artworks with stair and lift to the first and second floors.
About Space Studios
SPACE is a London-based charitable arts organisation founded in 1968. It provides affordable studios for artists, along with training and professional development opportunities.
SPACE develops and manages sustainable and affordable creative workspace for artists, supports artistic practice and the creative economy at the grass roots. SPACE also delivers creative workshops, professional development training, a schools and young peoples’ programme and an internationally recognised exhibitions’ programme.
SPACE manages London’s largest portfolio of affordable studios – 17 sites in 8 London boroughs; Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster. Many of these schemes rely on successful partnerships with landlords, development agencies and housing associations and unique models of occupying and transforming space. At the end of the financial year 2012 SPACE had 502 studios for 745 tenants.
SPACE an active partner in the delivery of the Olympic legacy’s focus on convergence.
Alumno and SPACE have collaborated on several projects in the past and Space has been working in tandem with the project team in the design and layout of the studios.
A bike based café, providing workshops and mechanics on site, is also planned for the ground floor. The café will provide a useful service to both existing and future residents and help to integrate the scheme into the community.
Both the artists’ studios and the cafe will benefit the local community, be compatible with the student accommodation above, and will bring added vitality to the development.