Because we’ve used this speculative illustration so often many people think a Winter Garden already exists here in Granby. In fact it’s only been a pipedream until today, when it took a huge step towards reality. Our press release about the news we’ve just received follows:
The Granby Winter Garden and Common House is a key part of the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust’s long-term plan to preserve and re-vitalise their neighbourhood. The CLT itself grew out of residents’ decades long campaign to oppose demolition and re-build their community through creative community action, growing and collaboration and started the area-wide redevelopment that now combines many solutions, and partners, in a community led regeneration that incorporates homes, shops, a street market, art works and street planting.
Their architects, the collective Assemble are winners of the Turner Prize 2015 for their work over the past two years, with Granby 4 Streets and the Granby Workshop where local young artists design and make fixtures and fittings for homes. The Winter Garden & Common House Project is a new collaboration between the CLT and Assemble, which has been awarded £249,619 by Arts Council England.
Sitting in the heart of the neighbourhood, the Winter Garden will be a community-owned shared resource. Two derelict terraced properties will become an extraordinary set of spaces that will house an indoor garden, an artist residency-space and a community gathering place. The artists residency programme is being developed in partnership with Bluecoat Arts Centre and will feature a diversity of artists, from the local to the international, who aim to affect a space or place.
The Winter Garden and Common House will be a beautiful, useful and accessible space establishing a space and resource for socially engaged arts activities – continuing the history of creative action and engagement which has been a key driver for change in the area – ensuring the continuation of this DIY approach in which art and creativity are an everyday part of the process of rebuilding their neighbourhood.
When asked if Assemble’s work, a collaboration with local residents and young artists, was really art, local resident Hazel Tilley replied:
“It’s recognising the politics in art, it’s recognising the humanity in art. It’s not this piece of work of art that goes into some rich person’s warehouse, this is something that you live with. And it’s art for the people. And if art isn’t about people and humanity, then what is it about?”
Contact Details to talk about this press release: Erika Rushton 07943 756344