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 News Stories

Jean Challis, age79 from Elm Park, was named as the Romford Carnival Queen 50 years ago this year.

A pensioner who was given the royal treatment when she was crowned Romford Carnival Queen almost half a century on, has taken a trip down memory lane.

11:53
Victoria Winterford (front) saw off seven others to win

A Hornchurch dancer has overcome her confidence issues to be crowned Miss Universe Essex in her first pageant appearance.

Brian Phillips, Stephen Bush and Peter Coe from The Romford Lions Club with staff members Aimee Neale Music Therapist and Debbie Bennett playroom leader at First Steps in Hornchurch which they raise a lot of money for

A voluntary community group which has dedicated 25 years to raising money for First Step, plans to go full steam ahead with fundraising.

A Greater Anglia train at Ilford train Station.

Services are almost back up to speed for Greater Anglia following cancellations this morning however there are still some disruptions.

Most read news

WW100

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

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

The price tag for university could be coming down if Labour wins the general election, but at what cost?

He was born to be King, but the Duke of Cambridge revealed his dream to go into space on the second day of his Japanese tour.

It’s not quite “there’s an app for that”, but it’s not far off.