Search

Artists convert empty Havering office space into studios

11:00 07 November 2012

Clare Sams working at One Station Parade

Clare Sams working at One Station Parade

Archant

Two disused shops in Havering have been transformed into spaces for artists.

Artist Joshua Law finishes off his recent masterpiece at the LocalArtist Joshua Law finishes off his recent masterpiece at the Local

One Station Parade, Victoria Road, Romford and The Local, in Petersfield Ave, Harold Hill, are have both turned from retail into exhibition spaces.

The Romford space had been empty for over three years before it was transformed in August with the aid of Havering Council funding.

Now it is hosting a series of artist residencies in order to interact with people in the area and encourage them to take up a craft.

The artists work from the studio for a number of weeks at a time, holding free workshops on knitting, sculpture and chair making.

One Station ParadeOne Station Parade

Current resident, 25-year-old Natalie Bays, of Copperfields Way, Harold Hill, has been working in the studio since October 29.

“I am having a lot of fun, although it was initially quite daunting having all of the studio space to myself,” she said.

“People in the local community seem to be really enjoying what we’re doing and there’s been quite a lot of interest so far.”

Natalie, a performance artist, has been acting out a ‘job swap’ with local people, asking them to pretend to be a celebrity as she interviews them on camera in the role of a television presenter.

Clare Sams wool work at One Station ParadeClare Sams wool work at One Station Parade

She said: “Performance art is not too well known. Many people are curious about it and when I tell them about what I am doing I always get good feedback.”

Clare Sams, a former resident at the shop, knitted a metre tall replica of the street that was displayed in the studio’s window.

She said: “I have been going around the shops on Victoria Road to teach people how to finger knit and some of the locals have been really up for it.”

“The knitting group at the library even donated some pieces for the street scene.”

Meanwhile the Harold Hill space opened last week after being redeveloped by 25 artists.

Josh Law, 24, from Hornchurch, said there was a lot of work to do to the building, after the previous tenants had merely removed their stock and left the shop in tact.

The project has also received funding from Havering Council, who paid for the lease on the building.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

A member of the emergency services at the scene of an explosion at a building in Hornchurch. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images/Victoria Jones

The two men who were arrested in connection with the explosion at a Hornchurch block of flats have been bailed.

07:00
Doctors are urging the government to scrap diesel cars, especially in London boroughs like Havering. Picture: PA.

Almost a third of cars in the borough run on diesel and are contributing to a ‘health emergency’, according to health leaders.

Drivers on the Night Tube are being balloted for strike action Picture: Katie Collins/ PA Images

Drivers on the Night Tube will be balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay and career progression.

Yesterday, 12:00
60-years-ago

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Cheryl Cable and Clare Kelly are walking a total of 600,000 steps in February to raise money for the Havering Association for People with Disabilities

Charity supporters have pledged to walk hundreds of miles in aid of a disabled charity close to their hearts.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hackney Colliery Band with leader Steve Pretty in the foreground, holding a megaphone. Picture: Aidan Harris

This week, leader of the Hackney Colliery Band Steve Pretty, which performed at Queen’s Theatre this month, shares his top 10 favourite tunes.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch in 1910

Prof Ged Martin reveals his theory about the 448 historical coins dug up in 1938

Friday, February 17, 2017
Some of Clockhouse Primary School's best-dressed pupils of World Book Day 2016. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Each year, hordes of Willy Wonkas, Mad Hatters, Gruffalos and Harry Potters walk the nation’s classrooms for the ultimate celebration of literature – World Book Day.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now