Anthology provides home for Affordable Creative Employment Space

Deptford Foundry
3 years ago

Anthology Deptford Foundry is set to become home to a variety of local artists’, craft makers and designers. Second Floor Studios & Arts has exchanged contracts on commercial space which will offer in the region of 75 new purpose-built affordable studio spaces which form part of the development on Arklow Road in Deptford. The workspace will be ready for occupation in 2018.

The area around the development is already home to a depth of creative business including bronze casting, galleries, studio workspaces, dance studios and jewellery makers, all supported by the presence and investment from Goldsmith’s College at New Cross. These new creative spaces will attract further diversity and individuality to the area providing a social and cultural value to the new residential development.

The 30,000 sq ft of affordable workspace on the ground and first floor at Deptford Foundry will provide creative employment space for up to 160 people. The studio provision being used by a wide range of artists’, craft makers and designers whose practices include ceramics, fine art, painting, leatherwork, sculpture and textiles.

The artists who will be taking occupancy of this space in 2018 are members of Second Floor Studio & Arts (SFSA) which has established itself as one of London’s leading artists’ studio space providers over the past 19 years. SFSA provide a supportive environment in which artists can flourish, allowing for the time and the space needed to research, develop, experiment and produce their work. They currently offer work space to over 450 people, all at varying stages of their careers from recent graduates, emerging artists to long established practitioners.

Matthew Wood, Founder Director from SFSA said: “Artists have long been part of Deptford’s thriving, creative and diverse community. The provision of the studio and workspace at Anthology Deptford Foundry will continue that tradition within the area, encouraging creative use of space by artists for many years to come.

“We are looking forward to continuing our work to widen participation in the borough, by developing and delivering a programme of community engagement projects and exhibitions specifically for Anthology Deptford Foundry Studios, its members, local residents and wider communities.”

Adam Gaymer, Executive Director, at Anthology comments: “Working with the local authority and local community, the shared vision for Deptford Foundry was sustainable mixed use development. We have always wanted to ensure Deptford Foundry would contribute positively to the local neighbourhood and provide the much needed employment space and new homes.

“The Mayor of London’s study into artists’ workspace found that 3,500 artists in London are likely to lose their places of work in the next five years and with 35,000 graduates emerging from London’s Art & Design schools every year, demand for studio space is ever increasing across the city.  

“We are really pleased to be creating this affordable employment space to help with this demand and for the talent of the future to use to support their works. We are excited to see the different types of artists flourish during their use of the studio space at our Deptford Foundry development.”   

Anthology Deptford Foundry, designed by Rolfe Judd Architecture, currently has a mix of one, two and three bed apartments with prices starting from £345,000.

The development will also provide a mix of social rented and shared ownership homes whilst offering two new play spaces, a new public route and landscaped areas to promote biodiversity.

For more details on the homes being created at Anthology Deptford Foundry, visit the development webpage or call 020 7526 9229. Find Anthology London on Twitter @AnthologyLondon, Facebook and Instagram.

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