A New Creative Hub for Wood Street

Wood Street Walls By Wood Street Walls

We want to unleash creativity in our streets & spaces. By building an artistic space for our community, we will bring more fun and excitement to Walthamstow for all to enjoy!

Walthamstow Delivery stage

pledged of £38,540
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This project was funded on 14 Oct 2015!

The Wood Street Walls community art initiative is all about bringing character and creativity to our community. Working with local residents, children and young adults will develop skills whilst improving their area. By giving art a permanent home in Wood St, our artistic community can continue to transform our spaces and places to their full potential!

There is a real need for affordable artist space in London, with only 300 artist studio buildings catering to 11,500 artists. London is seen as the creative capital of the world, but within the next 5 years over 3000 artists will lose their place of work.

Waltham Forest only has 70 studios. In comparison the number in our neighbouring Borough of Hackney is 1124.

By reviving a disused public building – such as the Manual Instruction Centre in Brooke Rd E17 - we will create a brand new studio and community space for local artists and residents to enjoy!

What we'll deliver:

  • Regenerate the Manual Instruction Centre to provide a studio space for local artists, subject to consent
  • Bring to life old walls & spaces
  • Give children and young adults the opportunity to learn from our artists
  • Provide local, up & coming artists affordable space to hone their craft & showcase their work
  • Work with local business to brighten up their buildings & provide artwork for shops
  • Become an established and integral part of the E17 Art Trail
  • Provide new and original artwork to be displayed in local shops providing addition income for artists and businesses

Why it's a great idea:

There are a lack of creative spaces and studios for artists. As studio space vanishes and rents increase, urban areas lose artists and art, taking creativity out of our neighbourhoods.

Working alongside the community to bring generic public spaces to life will give skills and opportunities to local young residents, while improving the spaces we all use on a daily basis.

Steps to get it done:

  • Identify properties to convert into studio space & public art workspaces - starting with the Manual Instruction Centre
  • Resident artists will put on 1 free workshop a month for the local community
  • Speak to local businesses & individuals and get them to donate their walls, shutters to artists
  • Use disused shops as pop-up galleries and drop in centres to build awareness of the project
  • Create a Community Interest Company to manage the site
  • Put all rental income back into the studio space

Similar projects have been undertaken in Miami (Wynwood Walls) and Brooklyn (Bushwick Collective). These projects have ended up re-energising their areas and turning them into a hub of creativity. By developing a new studio as the focal point for the Wood Street area, we will make urban art accessible to the local community.

Everyone who pledges gets their name on our Founders’ Wall!

What else you can get if you pledge:

£5 - 2 Wood St Studio stickers

£15 - a Wood St Studio T-Shirt

£35 - Street Art workshop

£75 - a special edition Wood Street Studios print from local artist Static - www.welikestatic.com

£200 - we will put on a group street art workshop for you and 9 friends.

Resident artist:

£450 gives you your deposit for a space at our chosen site when it's ready

£1300 secures your deposit and studio space for 2 months

£4500 secures your studio space for a whole year

Location Walthamstow

About the space

Manual Instruction Centre near Wood St


Waltham Forest

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How will the money be spent?Total £38,540

Re-purposing of Manual Instruction Centre (basic fit out) - £12,000 (31%)
Workshop setup, facilitation & running costs - £3,500 (9%)
Further prefabricated "pop up" buildings for temporary space (incl. fit out and services) - £3,500 (9%)
Solar Panels for long term self sustaining energy - £3,200 (8%)
Architect plans & prep for planning - £2,500 (6%)
Supplying of Utilities (water, electric, heating) to new studio spaces - £1,500 (4%)
Maintenance & Running of site - £1,500 (4%)
Weekend Events for the year - £1,250 (3%)
Shared equipment for communal spaces & future workshops - £1,000 (3%)
Plans & planning permission - £1,000 (3%)
Other - £7,590 (20%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Re-purposing of Manual Instruction Centre (basic fit out)
Workshop setup, facilitation & running costs
Further prefabricated "pop up" buildings for temporary space (incl. fit out and services)
Solar Panels for long term self sustaining energy
Architect plans & prep for planning
Supplying of Utilities (water, electric, heating) to new studio spaces
Maintenance & Running of site
Weekend Events for the year
Shared equipment for communal spaces & future workshops
Plans & planning permission
  • Spacehive fees
  • Securing of dedicated entrance to site instead of using Woodside Academy entrance
  • Building regulations
  • Materials for workshops & murals
  • Public event hosting
  • Implementation, management administration of policies & procedures and forming CIC
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • VAT
  • Website Design & Digital Presence
  • High Speed Internet and Wifi Setup
  • Ceiling & Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Design and Purchase of Merchandise
  • Implementation of automated background checking prodedures & safeguarding - Onfido
  • Setting up merchant card payment services for workshops and goods
  • Transaction Fees
  • Planning & Pre-Planning Permission
  • EPC
  • Website & Email Hosting

Total £38,540

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