Girdlestone 3rd Age Group Artists Show Case at FADS Hub & Cafe Archway

Cube Space is delighted to be hosting a private view displaying works by the Girdlestone Art Group working with Cubitt artist Darren Marshall at FADS Hub & Cafe on Thursday 14 May.  The project is a shining example of the great contributions for/by the local Archway community.

The Girdlestone Art Group was established in 2013 by Daniel Baker, Cubitt’s  Education Co-Director and Liza Durrant, Community & Service Development Officer, Islington Council as an opportunity for members of the local community around Archway to participate in varied art projects with a professional artist.

The group meet at Girdlestone Community Centre once a week and over biscuits and cups of tea, set about making collages, paintings, murals, sculptures and all manner of artistic endeavours. 

Since it’s beginning the group has worked with Cubitt artist Darren Marshall. Originally comprising of only two or three members, word slowly but surely spread and the group has grown to become the lively, happy centre of creativity that it now is! 

The project aims to add extra value, enhancing the lives of people living on the Girdlestone Estate, by providing the opportunity to try and develop new making skills, as well as sharing and strengthening creative ideas.

This exhibition celebrates the work produced during these workshops and showcases the participants’ own creative practice.

Cubitt is an artist-run charitable cooperative in Islington, London. It delivers its mission through a gallery providing unique development opportunities for curators, a large-scale grassroots education and community programme and the provision of affordable artist studios. Since its founding in 1991, Cubitt has grown into an internationally respected centre for artistic practice, curating and education.

Cubitt’s Education programme was established with the aim of developing long-term projects that emerge from and meet local needs. Cubitt Education now operates a large network of regular artist-led activities in local schools, community centres and youth settings. It’s work aims to support social cohesion, break down barriers to participation and support individuals to live culturally rich and socially fulfilled lives.

For further information on Cubitt Education visit http://cubittartists.org.uk and for Girdlestone Art Group see their blog http://girdlestoneart.blogspot.co.uk

 

Cubitt Artist Darren Marshall

Colourful hub brightens up grey, desolate mall - FADs featured in Islington Gazette

Tim Sperryn of Cube Space

Tim Sperryn of Cube Space

We'd just like to share a recent article in the Islington Gazette with you about Cube Space. You'll find the copy below or you can read it in the Islington Gazette itself here.

Colourful hub brightens up grey, desolate Archway Mall

A grey, slightly desolate, often unloved patch of Archway is getting a new lease of life from colourful community hub.

Fads, based in the former carpet shop of the same name in Archway Mall, is a bid to inject some zip in the down-at-heel shopping plaza.

It’s the brainchild of developed Bode, who have bought the mall, the space behind the mall and Hill House, which towers over both spaces, and will be radically re-developing them over the coming years. 

But while the plans crawl their way through town hall corridors, rather than leave the area bereft,  they’ve decided to turn the vacant shop into a hub, offering training for the unemployed, pop-up food and film events and offering free rent for good causes.

Tim Sperryn, from Cube Space who are managing FADS on behalf of the developer, said; “Bode got in touch with me because I know the area and they wanted to grow it from the ground up. “It’s exciting because something is now going on somewhere that has been disused, and even a bit grim, for years.

“The initial idea was to show the community what was going on with the development without relying on a boring consultations, which always seem to attract a certain type of persons, whereas here we get people from all walks of life. “From there it grew into this hub, funded by Bode so we can put stuff on for next to nothing, and subsidise rent for people who want to use it.”

As well as monthly Barrista training for unemployed people from Islington, FADS has hosted art exhibitions and events - including seeing prestigious painter Pete Fowler decorate the walls – Lupus Awareness Day, Creative Islington events and children’s TV favourite Rastamouse as part of the Archway with Words Festival.

Already in the pipeline are food pop-ups, a potential Christmas bazaar and a oneman film show, in which a movie aficionado gives an talk and then screens a classic on an old projector. But the team are still keen to hear from local people with good ideas for the space.

“It sort of puts pressure back on community to get involved,” said Mr Sperryn.

“We’ve been getting all sorts of emails, from those wanting to do a domestic appliance repair hub, to people wanting to host an all night rave - we’re not going to do that one.

“September was a tricky month but now it’s getting busier and busier.

“We are careful not to take away from other business in the area, but any profit we do make is ploughed back in. “Basically Bode are funding the arts, which is rare.”

Fads is one of a number of projects that promise an interesting future for Archway, including the refurbishment of the tower, getting rid of the unloved gyratory, a new hotel and famous rock pub the Intrepid Fox taking over the Archway Tavern, in Archway Road.

Mr Sperryn said: “Just us doing the weeding and clearing the litter in the mall makes a big difference. “I hope we’re a bright spot in a slightly desolate concrete landscape.

“But in five years the area will have totally changed I think.

“There are so many possibilities and it’s a blank canvas.

“ I don’t want to sound naive but this seems all good news for the area.”

This article is also available online here.