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Our Live/Work

Bow Arts has been providing a unique scheme of short life, low cost, live and work studio and residential accommodation since 2007.

Please note that we currently have no availability, though it is still worth being on our waiting list to be kept in touch as and when new projects come up.

Utilising what would otherwise be empty properties, this scheme has enabled over 150 artists and creative workers to access truly affordable space to live and work in. The reduction in monthly outgoings has enabled artists to focus more time on their primary creative practice, and has also enabled many of the artists on this scheme a route to more stable long term housing.

In addition, Bow Arts has contributed over £250,000 back into the local community in Bow and Poplar, through education and arts programmes directly involving local residents and young people.

Our artist communities have  in turn through their active presence on site helped create a more lively positive atmosphere on the estates where they are based.

See what Self Help Housing says about the project here.

Read about us on the Homes and Communities Agency website here.

“It’s really great, I can’t believe I have been given this opportunity, and knowing that part of my rent goes directly to supporting local communities is incredible”.    

Artist living in Balfron Tower

The benefits to artists and landlords

Download a case study prepared by the national Federation of Artist Studio Providers (NFASP)  which looks at how the Bow Arts Live Work scheme creates benefits for landlords, communities and artists. Download the case study here (PDF, 140 KB)