A new affordable housing scheme specifically intended for artists, and backed by Grayson Perry, has been approved by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. 12 affordable flats leased at 65% of the local market rent, as well as a community arts centre and studio spaces will be a part of the GBP£3.5 billion housing scheme. Dubbed ‘A House For Artists’, the project is being driven by art agency Create London, of which Perry is an associate.
The Turner Prize-winning artist will help to select the resident artists through an open call, with the move-in date scheduled for November 2019.
Perry told the Architects’ Journal: ‘This is a golden opportunity for artists who want to work with the public. With the right artists working in a real place with real people, who knows where it will go? It’s a new artistic model.’