Artists visiting and working in London will soon have affordable living and studio space thanks to the latest venture in artist and entrepreneur Nick Hartwright’s growing portfolio. Green Rooms, set to open in spring 2016, will provide those in the Arts community, who are typically drawn to work in London but can’t afford the ever-increasing cost of accommodation, with an alternative to crashing on a friend’s sofa.
The project is being backed by the Greater London Authority and Haringey Council, which owns the art deco building. As well as offering space to visiting artists, Green rooms will provide Wood Green with a community hub in the form of a café, bar and regular events, exhibitions and workshops open to the public.
The hotel has social enterprise running through its veins. Even the ground floor restaurant will be an incubator project running year-long rent-free residencies for emerging restauranteurs. The venture has already formed bonds with some of London’s leading cultural venues, which will contribute to a programme of free monthly events. Amongst the many collaborations already formed, Arts Council England has agreed to support an artist-in-residence programme and an ‘insider’s scheme’ will provide subsidised access to cultural venues across the city.
Nick Hartwright, founder of Green Rooms, said: “We set out to create something completely new and different with Green Rooms, and I believe we’ve done that – this is the UK’s first social enterprise hotel. There are thousands of hotels in London but there’s a real shortage of affordable hotel accommodation that doesn’t compromise on quality. We’re very confident that artists, creatives, style enthusiasts and the wider local community will love staying and working at Green Rooms. It’s going to be an exciting, inclusive and accessible creative environment, and we can’t wait to open our doors.”
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