On a mission to keep London creative, Greenwich Peninsula, the neighbourhood being dubbed “new London”, launches Design District Space x Dazed.
In anticipation of the Design District opening in 2020, London’s first permanent purpose-built district for the creative industries, Greenwich Peninsula and Dazed have come together to launch an open call-out to find the Design District’s first pioneers with the chance to be awarded a free workspace for a year in London’s newest cultural neighbourhood.
Launched on 11h January, creative talent can apply via a submissions-based competition on Dazed Digital, detailing their need for space and identifying the impact a physical space in London will have on their work together with their two-year development plan.
Open for one month, the competition will close on 7th February. Following this, a panel of seven industry experts spearheaded by Dazed founder Jefferson Hack, and including Dazed editors Thomas Gorton and Ashleigh Kane, artist and curator of the Peninsula’s NOW Gallery, Jemima Burrill, and CEO of Greenwich Peninsula, Richard Margree, will decide on a maximum of five winners who will be able to move into the rent-free space for a period of 12 months.
Jefferson Hack, CEO and Co-Founder of Dazed Media said: “Dazed has always celebrated and championed emerging creative talent so we are excited to partner on this campaign urging creatives in desperate need of a studio to apply for a free space. In a time when many artists are being driven out of the city due to rising rents it’s more important than ever for artists to be given support so they can strengthen their work and build a business.“
The winners will be announced via and featured on the Dazed online and social media platforms, giving them visibility to Dazed’s 7 million readership.
Come Spring 2019, the winning creatives will then be welcomed into the Design District Space, a cluster of studio spaces situated across from the developing Design District. Creating the same community ethos that the Design District will offer, the spaces will be shared and connected, allowing the winning creatives to interact, learn and collaborate with one another.
Over the year, Dazed will continue to profile and document each creative’s progress via their editorial and social platforms to provide increased visibility to support the growth of their business.
In keeping with the London Mayor’s agenda to ensure the city remains an attractive and affordable hub for creatives, the Design District at Greenwich Peninsula will provide space for people to come together and work collaboratively, continuing the narrative of craft and creativity that is part of London’s heritage.
Providing a permanent base for over 1,800 of London’s creatives in a range of architect-designed workspaces, the spirit of the community will be represented in the very fabric of the Design District, which will feature pedestrian streets and an intimate network of lanes connecting the buildings that will house studio spaces, workshops, showrooms, shops, flexible desk space, and a food court.
With an increasing number of Londoners being outpriced of many areas of the capital, space in the Design District will be made affordable with capped rents. Averaging at £25 per square foot and starting from £10 per square foot for workshop space, the district will ensure it answers the call for more affordable workspaces in the capital for the creative industries. Across design, art, technology, craft, music, food and digital, it will offer a permanent base for creative businesses to trade, interact and grow and an unusual creative hub for Londoners to explore.
Jefferson Hack, CEO and Co-Founder of Dazed Media said: “The Design District is an inspiring environment dedicated to establishing a vibrant community of multidisciplinary talents. It is an important initiative to help support the UK’s future creative generations”
With the launch of Design District Space x Dazed, these two esteemed businesses dedicated to supporting and nurturing the creative industries, become enablers of a new movement that aims to preserve the next generation of creativity within the capital.