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Wed 10 April 2019, 1:27 pm

Artists are being encouraged to take up residence at affordable studios for creatives in the heart of Barking’s Heritage Quarter.

The Malthouse Creative Booths are located at a picturesque destination on the River Roding and offer a shared working environment ideal for writers, entrepreneurs and artists.

The booths are based at The Ice House Quarter, in Abbey Road, that provides affordable studio space to help promote the development of sustainable creative industries. 

The area forms a crucial part of the wider regeneration taking place along the Roding Riverside, which is an important cultural and historic destination in the borough.

Found on the ground floor of the Malthouse building, the booths range from eight square metres to 12sq m, and have central heating, kitchen facilities, toilets and wi-fi included in the monthly rent.

There are currently four booths available, priced at £210 per month, with one month of rent needed as a deposit. They are being offered by construction company and developers Rooff.

Daniel Watson, from Rooff, highlighted the importance of the area’s increasing popularity with artists and handy location of the Creative Booths. 

He said: “Future occupants would benefit hugely from the increasing exposure The Ice House Quarter is garnering, a wonderful riverside setting, the vast network of local artists already here, coupled with the wider community which is coming together to make this place special.

“Not to mention, Barking station is only an eight-minute walk away and has both the c2c line taking you into the City of London, as well as the District and Hammersmith and City, so tenants are ideally located to travel into the capital.”

A new arts project at The Boathouse Creative Studios, based at the heart of The Ice House Quarter, will start later this year.

The venue located at the iverside setting regularly holds wellbeing classes, as well as arts workshops.

Between 25 and 27 April, Barking and Dagenham College students will be holding their BA final graduation animation show at the studios. 

Carole Pluckrose, artistic director at The Boathouse Creative Studios, says she is pleased this will bring the region’s “new young talent” to the venue.

Talking about plans for the upcoming project, she said: “We are looking forward to our new project in the summer and autumn which involves bringing together a group of local people to engage with an arts project, involving writing and painting and focused on themes of the river, exploring its uncovered history.

“This is an opportunity to revitalise and raise awareness of the rich seam of stories from the industrial and fishing past.

For more details about the Creative Booths email dwatson@rooff.co.uk

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