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£3.5m ‘house for artists’ backed by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry to be built in Barking

PUBLISHED: 13:52 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:52 12 July 2018

Grayson Perry is backing the £3.5m development in Barking. Pic: PA

Grayson Perry is backing the £3.5m development in Barking. Pic: PA

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A Grayson Perry-backed ‘house for artists’ in Barking where creatives will pay hugely discounted rents if they promise to work with the local community, has been approved by the council.

The Turner Prize winner is on the panel of judges which will decide who lives and works in the £3.5million development in Linton Road.

Those who get a place in one of the 12 flats, built above workshop space, will pay about 65 per cent of the market rent in exchange for working with the community.

The space below the flats is expected to host public events including arts groups, film screenings and local meetings.

Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said the project was a “major step” in the drive to make “Barking and not Berlin, the place in Europe for artists to set up home”.

Work is expected to begin on the building, developed by Create London and , the council’s regeneration company Be First, in the next few months with the flats ready to move in to by November 2019.

Grayson described the project as a “golden opportunity” for arists wanting to live and work in the capital.

He added: “With the right artists working in a real place with real people, who knows where it will go? It’s a new artistic model.”

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