Piling work on the new House for Artists started in the heart of Barking last week. The development on Linton Road will be home to 16 artists in 12 homes and features ground floor studio spaces for the artists as well as a community-focused space. The project is part of Barking and Dagenham Council’s plans to support home-grown talent and to attract artists and creatives to the borough.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Deputy Mayor for London, Justine Simons, and Hadrian Garrard, Chief Executive of Create London, turned up to break ground. Of the project, Cllr Rodwell said: “The House for Artists is a truly exciting project, providing a home for artists who are prepared to involve local people in their creative work.
The House for Artists will be rented out at 65% of the market-rate, and artists will run workshops, programmes, and activities with local artists and the community to develop creative industries and creative works locally. The development will be built on behalf of the Council by Create London, Be First, and Murphy Group. Read more about the project here and discover the artists here.