Published: 16th Jan 2019

© Camden Collective ‘Meanwhile use’ of empty buildings is a burgeoning trend in London that is keeping the capital’s creative scene alive, in spite of concerns that it could become a trojan horse for gentrification. Freelance journalist Helen Lock investigates. Croydon, a suburban borough of south London might not have the arty image other parts of the capital benefit from, but helping to change that is a new gallery, research and studio space for artists right in its centre. The Croydon Arts Store takes up a three-storey space in an emptying local shopping mall – helping to turn a symbol of decline into a fresh creative space. Warren Andrews, research and outreach manager at the space, says the Croydon Arts Store has been active since September 2017 and involves several local arts organisations and funding partners, including the council and Kingston University. Each partner runs a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)