The Malthouse Studio

November 22, 2007

malthouse

This wednesday was the annual ‘away day’ for Space Studios trustees (of which i am one) board i.e. a 7 hour board meeting discussing Space Studios policy, strategy and future direction. The venue for the meeting was the newly acquired ‘Malthouse Studio’ in Barking which is intended to become the cultural hub for the Thames Gateway development in the east of London. In the near future Space will redevelop the adjacent ‘Icehouse’ building and build new premises to lead the creation of the ‘Thames Gateway Cultural Quarter’

“The Malthouse, Barking is a newly refurbished warehouse in Barking set in the heart of an ambitious creative industry regeneration scheme for East London. Situated on the river Roding, the local environment is visually rich in the industrial heritage of the East London river basin and canal network. It has excellent transport links being near A13 and Nth Circular jct and Barking underground (District and Hammersmith&City lines) and 10 minutes walk from the town centre.”

” About SPACE:
Founded in 1968, SPACE is an arts educational charity which produces dynamic environments where individuals and communities can engage in creative processes. SPACE supports the production of art through the provision of studio space, widens participation in visual arts & media and fosters creative potential of individuals and communities.

Our mission is to provide ‘space to create’: supporting the production of art through the provision of creative space; ‘space to engage’: widening engagement in artistic practices; and ‘space to develop’- supporting the development of creative individuals and communities.

SPACE fulfils its mission through the provision of affordable, accessible studios and production facilities to over 600 artists, designers and makers across London. And through delivering an innovative programme of Exhibitions, Media Arts commissions, community based collaborations, events, International Residencies, training & professional development courses.”

Excerpt from Space Studio press release.

2 Responses to “The Malthouse Studio”

  1. Julie said

    Great Idea,how and who got it started? Very interested in starting something similar down on the South-coast.

  2. crab said

    Hiya,
    Space studios was started in 1968 by Bridget Riley and others – it’s run as an arts education trust with a board of voluntary trustees (six of us currently) in consultation with our tenant artists. Funding comes from the arts council, Eu and others but revenue primarily comes from rent and other activities – training, venue hire etc. Where are you looking on the south coast? – we’re also looking at buildings in Dover…

    lots more information on space at:

    http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/

    cheers

    crab

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