Applications open for artist homes in Barking backed by Grayson Perry

PUBLISHED: 16:46 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 08 August 2018

An example of what the inside of a home will look like. Picture: Apparata

An example of what the inside of a home will look like. Picture: Apparata


Applications are open for a block of flats for artists in Barking town centre.

The view from the courtyard. Picture: ApparataThe view from the courtyard. Picture: Apparata

A House For Artists is a block of 12 apartments with studio workspaces, a community hall and courtyard, aimed at increasing engagement with the arts in Barking.

Create London, an arts charity, has opened applications for UK-based artists to apply for homes, which will be open to move into from 2020.

Hadrian Garrard, the charity’s director, said: “This project is a pivotal and vital point, not only for us at Create London as we work towards longer term projects, but for the housing industry in general.

An impression of the exterior of the House for Artists. Picture: ApparataAn impression of the exterior of the House for Artists. Picture: Apparata

“With the housing crisis as prevalent as ever, it’s imperative that new models for housing are given support.”

The flats will be offered on a long-term basis at 65 per cent of market price. The scheme aims to give artists a secure and affordable place to settle in Barking, increasing the community’s engagement with the arts in the process.

The residents will take part in an arts space programme, providing a series of arts and education activites for local people. Each artist will spend half a day each week delivering the programme.

An impression of what the public ground floor will look like. Picture: ApparataAn impression of what the public ground floor will look like. Picture: Apparata

Turner prize-winning artist Grayson Perry CBE, an ambassador for the project, said: “This is such a brilliant new idea, a way of addressing a growing problem of affordable housing for artists in the capital. We welcome applications from anyone who thinks they can help to culturally and socially enrich a community.”

The building, designed by architect studio Apparata, will have open industrial units rather than corridors, so that residents can move walls to suit their needs. The project hopes to inspire a new kind of affordable housing, where residents who can’t afford large renants become ‘active’ tenants, contributing to their local community in exchange for cheaper rents.

Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “Barking is already proving to be a popular centre for the creative industries priced out of the old east end. “This new development will ensure that London keeps its cutting-edge creative talent.

“Barking, not Berlin, will be the best location for artists and for arts that are relevant to everyday Londoners.”

Applications close on October 1 and interviews will take place in early November. To apply, visit

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