Gnome House is a beautiful art deco building in the Blackhorse Lane regeneration area of Walthamstow. The ground floor space will include a café, meeting room and large performance, exhibition and workshop space as well as a printmaking workshop and artists’ studios. The performance, exhibition and workshop space and meeting room will be available for public hire, with substantial discounts granted to community organisations. Gnome House is poised to become an artistic hub in a previously neglected area of Walthamstow, nurturing local talent and providing a unique opportunity for members of the local community to experience local art and develop new skills. The funding we are seeking will allow us to provide the best possible experience for our users and in turn ensure that Gnome House gives people another reason to visit Blackhorse Lane. The refurbishment is currently underway and is due to be completed in early 2015. .
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This equipment will allow us to host the high quality programme of activities that we have identified as being most relevant to the needs of our local arts community. Equipping Gnome House with the means to deliver music, dance, theatre and exhibitions will contribute to our vision of establishing the space as a centre of creative excellence that:
• enhances the cultural landscape of the Blackhorse Lane regeneration area and more widely of North East London
• improves social, economic, educational and health outcomes for its users/our community in and around Blackhorse Lane
• celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the local area
• offers a programme of artistic learning opportunities that are accessible, relevant, engaging and of a high quality.
Making Gnome House an attractive venue for high level artistic activity and community engagement will reinforce Blackhorse Lane's emergence as a Neighbourhood Centre, as outlined in the Blackhorse Lane Area Action Plan.
Steps to get it done:
The equipment will only be for the hireable spaces in Gnome House. The cafe and printmaking studio run by Inky Cuttlefish will be responsible for equipping their spaces independently over and above any fit-out provided by the developer.
Macdonald Egan, the developers, who have a representative on the Gnome House Community Asset CIC Board of Directors and with Waltham Forest Council's Regeneration Team. Both organisations have pledged in kind and cash contributions to the purchase of signage and equipment for the space.
We are also submitting a bid to Arts Council England for £40,000 for which we need about 50% funds secured from other sources in cash and in kind to stand a good chance of success.
Gnome House is uniquely positioned to provide high quality arts engagement in a previously neglected and run down area of Walthamstow. It has the potential to revitalise the area's cultural infrastructure and serve as a sustainable creative hub for the whole community for years to come,
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