New studio space set to boost arts in Barking

PUBLISHED: 15:22 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:35 22 February 2016

Barking Ice House Quarter set to open in April

Barking Ice House Quarter set to open in April


Emerging artistic talent will have a new home from April.

East London charity Bow Arts is launching IceHouse Court, providing 4,400sq ft of creative workspace for up to 20 designers in Barking’s Icehouse Quarter.

The opening comes after the charity was successful in its year-long bid to take over the Abbey Road site, gaining the backing of the council and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Kit Godfrey, general manager at Bow Arts, said: “It began with a tender process and was particularly exciting for us as it meant venturing into the borough for the first time. It is a very exciting opportunity for us to broaden our activity further across east London.”

Bow Arts is particularly keen to support artists, designers and makers who already work or live in Barking and Dagenham but require studio space.

“We are also excited to join the thriving arts hub within Icehouse Quarter, and also throughout Barking and Dagenham,” Kit added,

“We are currently investigating ways in which we might work with local arts organisations and artists.”

Studio viewings are taking place from mid-March.

To register for a studio, visit

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