Croydon’s newest cultural magnet will be unveiled next Saturday (11 August) from 12-4pm, at an Open Day for the ASC Studios – Grafton Quarter.
One of London’s largest artists’ workspace charities, The Artists’ Studio Company, has purchased the new-build property to offer 104 purpose-built affordable studios for fine artists, designer-makers and not-for-profit arts charities.
Studio rents will be 20%-30% below market value, starting at only £43 per week for a 120ft2 space inclusive of everything. No business rates will be payable.
The development has been designed specifically for artists’ and designer-makers’ use with oversized doors, high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, large double height gallery, brush rooms, break out areas and gas heating.
The development marks another highlight of Croydon’s transformation into a thriving cultural and creative hub.
“Croydon’s reputation as an artistic and cultural hub is growing, and the arrival of the ASC Art House is another example of how the creative arts are contributing to the borough’s transformation. I encourage any local artists to go along to the Open Day and see what this fantastic development has to offer. In addition to a £5.25 billion regeneration programme, Croydon is becoming an even greater place to live, work and do business.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
Peter Flack, Chief Executive of the Artists’ Studio Company said: “There is a lot of creative talent already in Croydon, and moving into the area. I want this project be totally Croydon-focused, supporting the borough’s local artists and designer-makers for years to come.”
Notes to editors
1. Those wanting to attend the viewing day on 11 August, please book a time by emailing Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The Grafton Quarter is located on Grafton Road, Croydon CR0 3RP: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=531476&y=166132&z=0&sv=CR0+3RP&st=2&pc=CR0+3RP&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf
3. London-based charity, Artists Studio Company (ASC) was founded in 1993, and aims to support artists and makers and to promote the arts. They are one of the biggest providers of affordable workspace to artists and makers, currently providing workspace to over 350 practitioners.
4. To find out more about the Artists’ Studio Company, visit: http://www.ascstudios.co.uk/about/