Eat Work Art is launching over 40 new creative studios in early 2015 at Hackney Downs Studios, continuing its already well established reputation in the local community.
This is regeneration that’s local and self-sustaining. The new studios are set to provide an array of diverse and affordable workspace, which will support and become the home for a raft of established businesses, in line with the huge increase in people turning to self-employment in 2014.
Eat Work Art has an ethos of transforming empty spaces into exceptional communities, and creating frameworks for ideas to grow, which they have shown with their regeneration of Netil House, Old Paradise Yard and most recently the new studios development at Hackney Downs Studios.
Based in a former print works between Dalston, Clapton and Stokey over 100 independent creative businesses currently call Hackney Downs Studios their home. You'll find everything from record labels to florists, graphic designers to jewellery designers, filmmakers to architects, 3D printers and cabinetmakers. An array of businesses have grown to become market leaders during their time in the community, and with a strong sense of collaboration present, this has become a hub for businesses looking to expand their network.
Gang warfare was a reality for this area only a couple years ago, now it's a vibrant working community and business is booming, there's even a Village Green with seven local shops, including a gym, art gallery and bike shop.
Director Leo Lawson-O’Neil was after a sense of aliveness, “I grew up in London, with no community, and look what we have developed now here at Eat Work Art.”
Space is a commodity, building a community is another thing entirely: “It's possible to take a dead environment and add life to it. Not just paint and pretty things, but heart and soul, what we’re doing is a culture change and a solution to a bigger problem.”