Where Will the Artists Live?
As artists struggle more than ever to find somewhere secure to live in London, what does the housing crisis mean for the city’s reputation as a cultural capital? Join us for an evening of discussion as part of our research leading towards a new, ambitious housing scheme in Barking, due to open in 2018.
A new building in Barking town centre will offer high quality, affordable and secure homes and studio space for 12 artists. In return, the resident artists will work together to provide a year-round programme of activity for local people in a community hall, that is integrated into the design of the building.
This evening is an opportunity to reflect on how the housing crisis in London is affecting a generation of artists and to explore new models for addressing the problem. We’ll look back at how artists have housed themselves over the past few decades in London, consider how this is changing and what this means for the city. While artists moving to Margate, Berlin or Glasgow may be a good thing for those places, what effect will this have on London’s status as a productive city of culture?
The panel will look at new models for housing artists that offer both affordability and long term security. They will also consider ethical issues associated with prioritising artists for social housing over other low paid workers and explore the notion of developing more formal civic roles for artists in London, in exchange for housing and workspace.
John East, Strategic Director of Growth and Homes, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Sarah McCrory, Director Goldsmiths Gallery
Grayson Perry, Artist
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Regeneration
Oliver Wainwright (Chair), Architecture and design critic for the Guardian
This event is part of a major project delivered in partnership with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham with support from the Mayor of London.
Create London is a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England and part of Studiomakers.
With special thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies.