Whitefriars Studios artist community officially gets going in Wealdstone


The arts are back in Wealdstone.

Harrow Mayor Margaret Davine officially opened Whitefriars Studios in a blaze of colour this week, in the company of some of London’s most exciting up-and-coming painters and photographers – not forgetting sculpture, textiles and fashion!

The brand new Whitefriars Studios are located on the site of the old Winsor and Newton fine arts materials factory. The site now offers 14 accessible and affordable artists studios – all of which are now occupied – the majority of them by Harrow artists. It also has a space that’s available for anyone to use, for hosting exhibitions, events or public talks and meetings.

The studios were made possible by a regeneration grant won from the GLA by Harrow Council. The council delivered the project in partnership with national educational charity ACAVA, architects Pricegore and site freeholder Altomart.

Cllr Sue Anderson, Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for community, culture and resident engagement, said: “Wealdstone’s factories were once the jewel in London’s industrial arts heritage – and it’s a real privilege to be part of bringing that back to life for our 21st century residents. This is what a true community looks like – it’s a home for our young artists – and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it.”

Cllr Keith Ferry, Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for business, planning and regeneration, said: “People think that building a better Harrow is just about building homes – but it’s really about days like today. Our residents need places to work, places to express themselves, community spaces – and they need to live in a place where they can be inspired. We’re providing all that.”

The GLA grant will also part-fund the council’s Wealdstone Square project, which is transforming the under-used public space in Wealdstone that sits outside Holy Trinity Church and Subway into a new Town Square.

To find out more, visit www.buildingabetterharrow.com.