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Open House: Old Manor Park Library and Thamesmead

Saturday, September 16, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017


Old Manor Park Library and the Lakeside Centre in Thamesmead are opening their doors for Open House!

Open House - Old Manor Park Library
Date: Saturday 16th September
Times: 10.00 - 17.00
Address: Old Manor Park Library, 835 Romford Road, London, E12 5JY


Following on from the success of our Open Studios event in April, we are giving the public the opportunity to discover more about Old Manor Park Library's heritage and the renewal of the space. We will be running tours during the day, where you can meet the artists that are now making use of the space, and there will be a small programme of activity  to get involved in.

Bow Arts in partnership with Create London, supported by Newham Council, managed the redevelopment of the Old Manor Park Library in the London Borough of Newham, into new creative workspaces and a public space.  The Library, a Grade II listed Carnegie building had been closed as a public library since 2011. Bow Arts has brought the building back into public life as a centre providing accessible creative workspaces for artists, and Create London will offer a lively and creative community focused project space, the Rabbits Road Institute.

For a full list of artists based at Old Manor Park Library please see here

Rabbits Road Institute Programme

10.30 - 12.30:     Join Rabbits Road Institute to design and create your own vision of the city. This childrens workshop is suitable for all ages. It encourages families to build together and puts children in the position of planner, maker and architect!         

13.30 - 15.00:     Old Manor Park Library artist, Martin Barrett will be leading a workshop about constructing characters to be used in a narrative, either for a graphic novel or comic of some description.  It will involve participants pairing up and drawing each other in  a variety of poses while interviewing each other with a set of questions.

Throughout the day:

Subjective Mapping with Laura Knight - What can maps reveal about a place? Come and share your knowledge and experiences of space, history and community as we make a large collaborative map of Manor Park.

Tours of the building with the Rabbits Road Institute Young Artists - Get a glimpse of the rich history of Old Manor Park Library, and learn about it's transformation from public library to thriving artist community!

Plus a treasure trail activity for children!


Open House - Lakeside Centre
Date: Saturday 16th September and Sunday 17th September
Times (Tours of building): 14.00 and 15.00
Address: Lakeside Centre, Southmere Lake Complex, 2 Bazalgette Way (formally Belvedere Road), London, Thamesmead SE2 9AN


Visit the iconic Lakeside Centre during its ambitious renovation led by Bow Arts in partnership with Peabody and supported by the Mayor’s London Regeneration Fund (LEAP). The centre will fully reopen in 2018 as a cultural hub for Thamesmead.

As well as breathing new life into the building - with its stunning views of Southmere Lake and Thamesmead’s iconic tower blocks, and varied history including as a backdrop and setting for Films such as A Clockwork Orange, and the TV series Misfits – the project will also include a wider partnership of events, school programmes, public art and affordable housing for cultural key workers. We are currently finalising designs with design team Architecture 00 and construction consultants Martin Arnold to refurbish this unique site by Spring 2018.


Bow Arts will host a tour of the Lakeside Centre on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th, September.

2pm, 3pm daily (40 min tour)

Click here if you would like to register for place!