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Hops, Hacks and Hopes: Artists and Changing Place of Work

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Opening Hours: 
The Rum Factory, Bow Arts, Unit 4, Pennington Street, E1W 2BD

2015 sees Bow Arts launch 90 new artist studios on the former News International site in Wapping. A beautiful Grade II listed building and former rum store, Bow Arts will reimagine the historic newspaper offices of the News of the World as creative workspace for a new community of artists. Once the heart of the phone hacking scandal, igniting the Leveson inquiry and resulting in a systematic change in the way that the newspaper industry operates - the building bore witness to journalists uncovering numerous controversies, before becoming the subject of controversy themselves. Out of these ashes the building is reinvented again.

Alongside an extensive new housing development by Berkeley Homes Group and St George, Bow Arts will create a new community of artists. The building's history, former uses and future life set the context for our debate. A leading panel of experts discuss themes around modern working in historic buildings, how spaces can define the changing nature of industry, an evolving media industry and growing creative industries, freedom of speech in journalism, architecture and art.

Confirmed on the panel:

  • Kirsten Dunne, Senior Cultural Strategy Officer at Greater London Authority
  • James Heartfield, Writer and Journalist, critical commentator on claims for the creative and knowledge economies  
  • Alan Miller, Chairman of The Night Time Industries Association, Co-Founder London Old Truman Brewery and Creator Vibe Bar.
  • Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council, UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Tickets £3.50. Click here to book

This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2015.