Art at the Tea Factory

In our predictions for 2008, we said that the opening of the gallery at the Tea Factory would be a highlight for the area. So we were very pleased to receive this email from Rebecca Glover yesterday, which shows the project is moving forward in the right way. In our view it's vital that the people taking it on are focused on the project and drawn from across the community, rather than from one pre-existing group:

As you may already know, a community arts/gallery space is planned in the renovated Tea Factory at 100-106 Endwell Road, SE4. This space is being offered to us, the people of Brockley, by the developers, rent free for two years. After this period we will have the opportunity to continue to occupy the unit on business terms. It is a 75 sq. mtr shell, on street level, due for completion in April 2008.

Having met with Andrew Carmichael from the Creative Lewisham Agency, we have discussed the possibility of creating a co-operative, non-profit making organisation which would be beneficial for all involved.

We feel that this is an exciting opportunity for Brockley, furthering social, economic and environmental well being in the borough. This gallery would support and promote the arts, encouraging personal and community development.

We are looking for involvement from anyone with an active interest in this community project. We are seeking advice and help from volunteers such as: designers, architects, solicitors, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, builders, glaziers, cleaners, painters and decorators, administrators, curators, invigilators, artists, managers, web designers, local business people, PR people, planners, gallery managers, promoters, technicians, registered gas fitters, evaluators, journalists, documenters, lifters and carriers, book keepers, security firms, communicators, negotiators, marketing and publicity managers, funders and fundraisers to name but a few.

We also welcome your views, supportive comments and supportive criticism on this venture.

• Do you like the idea of an art space in Brockley?
• Who should the gallery be for?
• What kind of art would you like to see in the gallery?
• Should it be run as a co-operative? If not, why not?
• How much money do you think a member of the co-operative should contribute per month?
• A name for the gallery? We like Art Tea Factory/Art Tea Place, your opinions please or any alternative suggestions.

Please could you spare some of your time, thoughts and skills in making this project work, or pass this message on to any friends, family and colleagues who may be interested.

You can email me ( with any queries and/or to confirm your interest in attending the next meeting which will take place later this month.