Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Studios for artists

By Marco Cillario - Fri 15 January 2016, 2:46 pm

Studios next to the River Roding will soon be ready for artists and designers in Barking.

Bow Arts Trust, specialising in providing arts and creative services, is supplying around 1,200sq m of workspace in Ice House Court on the River Roding, and said it is aiming to launch the facilities in April 2016. Applications are now open for the studios.

The site will provide studio space for about 20 individual creative practices, at what Bow Arts said will be an affordable rate, with the aim to help new and established artists to flourish.

The scheme is supported by the mayor of London’s High Street Fund and is part of Barking and Dagenham Council’s plans to become London’s first ‘creative industries’ zone, providing affordable rent units with shared facilities and workspace for artists.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council said: “The creative industries are struggling to survive in the old east end artists’ hotspots of Shoreditch, Bethnal Green and Dalston thanks to ridiculous sky high rents.

“It’s why many are looking further east past Bow and on to Barking and as an ambitious council we know how valuable the creative industries are socially, culturally and economically.

It’s why we are bidding to make Barking the capital’s first Creative Industries Zone.” 

Applications for studios within Bow Arts can be made here.

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