HORSE HOSPITAL TO BE SOLD!
22nd December 2014
WE ARE CONTINUING OUR FIGHT TO STAY PUT IN OUR GLORIOUS BUILDING.
London is devolving rapidly into a culturally bereft corporate wasteland. It is being systematically cleansed of its cultural vitality, diversity and energy.
As a civilization we define ourselves by the culture we produce, we all participate and are ALL accountable and have a responsibility to the various roles we play within the structure to abide and support this unchanging principle. Although at times overwhelmed by a sense of powerlessness in the face of a gargantuan, all consuming, faceless ideology, we feel a responsibility to try and keep our little role.
People, institutions and future potentials are being priced out of this city which soon will only have a homogenous, thin layer of sanctioned and carefully monitored culture as its defining engine, this spells disaster for everyone. Transformation of all kinds relies on the possibility for the most coherent and powerful radical ideas to become tradition, without room for those ideas to even have a chance to be played out, what hope is there?
We will continue our fight to stay here, we believe in this, however symbolic it may be.
We hope to have more concrete news in the new year.
22nd May 2014
After the initial shock the dust has settled a little and we have a clearer idea as what our options are. Having had lengthy meetings with various people, fund raisers and financiers etc. who were able to offer us invaluable advice about the different avenues we can explore, these discussions have given us a much firmer understanding of the ramifications and realities that these options offer.
We are currently looking at:
- Arts Council Funding
- Heritage Funding
- Community Right to Bid
- EIS Share Holding
- Crowd Funding
Next week we will publish an agenda for the ‘Call to Arms Meeting’ which will take place on the 2nd of June 6:30.
Due to overwhelming response and limited space we have set up an eventbrite, it is obviously free but please book if you plan on attending to give us an idea of numbers.
18th May 2014
we shall be holding a ‘Call to Arms’ meeting at the Horse Hospital on Monday 2nd June at 6.30 all are welcome…
14th May 2014
In an unexpected move by the owners of the building it was announced on Tuesday 13th May, that the Horse Hospital will be put it on the open market next month for £2.5 million. After 21 years of hard work establishing an important, alternative arts organization in this unique building we are of course totally shocked and heartbroken over this terrible news.
We shall be holding a ‘Call to Arms’ meeting at the Horse Hospital on Monday 2nd June at 6.30 all are welcome…
Thankfully we have managed to negotiate a contract to stay here and continue with our scheduled program until the end of March 2015. Although it leaves us no time at all, we have decided to do everything within our capacity to secure the building and somehow or other raise the necessary funds.
The Horse Hospital as an arts organization is intrinsically tied into the fabric of the building and in 2004 under the imminent threat of redevelopment, we thoroughly researched the history of this beautiful building and upon application to English Heritage it was promptly awarded a Grade 2, making The Horse Hospital a slightly less attractive prospect for property developers, we hoped..!
Built originally by James Burton in 1797 as stabling for cabby’s sick horses, The Horse Hospital is the only existing unspoilt example of a two-floor, purpose-built stable remaining for public access in London and is now an important Grade II listed building which has operated a Not For Profit policy, and provided space for underground and Avant-Garde media since 1993. It also houses and is supported by the ‘Contemporary Wardrobe Collection’, a fashion archive that specialises in post-war street fashion, sub-cultures and British design.
Genuinely inclusive, accessible, and welcoming both artistically and socially, the Horse Hospital has not only maintained a space for what might still be called the counter-culture in an ever more formalised and even corporate arts environment; it has nurtured and grown several generations, favouring the hybrid and the unclassifiable, the risk-takers and visionaries. The central stream of any culture relies on those edge dwellers for its constant renewal. With pressures on funding, public performance spaces and the time it takes to make invigorating work, the Horse Hospital is an oasis of opportunity in a city that, while vibrantly creative, remains genuinely challenging for those without significant finance behind them.
Gareth Evans – Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery
So, however challenging it has been, the rewards of being nonpartisan keepers of culture in this magnificent and idiosyncratic building have been manifold and profound. We are incredibly proud of the fact that since 1993 we have not only been fortunate enough to have shown a vast amount of amazing work by some of the underworlds true visionaries such as Joe Coleman, Helen Chadwick, Brice Dellsperger, Dennis Cooper, Cameron Jamie, Laurie Lipton, Bruce Bickford, Gee Vaucher & Crass, Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren, Franko B, Morton Bartlett, Craig Baldwin, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Lydia Lunch, Bjaarne Melgard to name but a few, but that we have also had the privilege to support and introduce literally hundreds of obscure artists, performers, filmmakers and writers, who may otherwise have been denied a voice by more mainstream organisations, to an ever-growing, receptive and appreciative audience.
Whether we can raise that kind of money remains to be seen, but having invested over 20 years in the building we intend to do everything in our power to make it happen, it’s a massive task but we remain firmly optimistic that with everyone’s help it is possible.
In a climate where any grass roots, alternative or independent endeavours are being swept away into the dust of history it is vital that the spirit and ethos that we wholeheartedly embrace as an organization is given a chance to survive in these ever more capitalist, corporate and homogenous times.
Any and all suggestions welcome to: firstname.lastname@example.org