2 December 2016: 10:58 am
New creative space for Morden
A temporary creative art space has launched in Morden town centre.
Crown House Creative opened on London Road in October on the site of a former HSBC bank, offering artists the opportunity to exhibit their work for free.
The space will be used for an exhibition gallery, as well as a programme of visual art installations, screenings and live music evenings.
It also has a cafe, which will be open until 6pm on weekdays for meetings, workshops and events.
Merton Council worked with design partners Jan Kattein Architects and the Architecture Foundation to establish the venue.
Funded by the council and the mayor of London’s New Homes Bonus programme, the project forms part of the ‘Morden Retail Gateway’, a project to improve shopfronts and building facades around Morden Court Parade and London Road.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor Brenda Fraser, presented Crown House Creative as a place where “ideas are exchanged, businesses are born and creative arts can flourish”.
Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, added: “It is very exciting seeing such a great space open in Morden.
“We’re investing heavily in the town over the coming months and years, refurbishing shop fronts, building more homes and attracting new businesses and the employment opportunities they bring.
“We are home to the renowned Wimbledon College of Art and a number of new businesses have chosen Merton as a place to start up, knowing that we embrace entrepreneurship and creativity.
“It is wonderful that this space is available for budding artists and the community to use free of charge. This is our chance to add something a little special to Morden.”
Information on upcoming events at Crown House Creative can be found here.
Those interested in booking space at the venue can email firstname.lastname@example.org.