Newham

Thousands of pounds secured to transform former Manor Park Library into a creative arts hub

30 March 2015 in Sport and leisure
An arts centre is set to launch in the borough providing a creative space for businesses and artists.
The Old Manor Park Library based on Romford Road will be converted into workshop space for local artists and creative businesses and space for residents to access cultural activities.

The council has granted educational arts charity Bow Arts Trust a seven year lease on the building and will work with arts organisation, Create London to transform the site into an innovative cultural space.

Create London and Bow Arts secured more than  £170,000 of funding from the Greater London Authority’s High Street Fund to aid the transformation works.

The High Street Fund aims to help streets to become even better places to visit, to live in and to do business.

Once the former library has been renovated, it will provide local residents with an engaging and free public programme including art and music workshops, exhibitions, training and employment advice and a café.

Councillor Ken Clark, Cabinet Member for Building Communities, Public Affairs and Regeneration and Planning, said: “We are committed to working with Bow Arts Trust and Create London to develop a centre that will meet the needs of local businesses and residents.

“We will be engaging with the local community to understand their needs and  ensure the centre becomes a vibrant, cultural hub, benefitting the area.”

Marcel Baettig founder and CEO of Bow Arts Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to run this new arts centre and we are totally committed to working hard to make sure the Manor Park Arts Centre is a really great success for all.

“It also marks the start of a new exciting partnership between Bow Arts and Create London, together we know that through the support of  Newham Council and the GLA we will be able to offer local residents and young people access to some of the best cultural facilities and projects in London!”

Hadrian Garrard, Director, Create, commented: “We are excited to be reopening the beautiful Old Manor Park Library. It is important to us and in keeping with the ethos of the original library that the project provides a high level of public access and community use. The building will feature a project space for live artist projects that engage with the local area and create opportunities for local residents to get involved.”