artsdepot partners with London Studio Centre
Creating a focal point for dance in North London
artsdepot is delighted to announce that from September 2013, the higher education vocational dance college London Studio Centre will take up permanent residence at the venue.
London Studio Centre, previously based near Kings Cross, initially joined artsdepot on a temporary basis for the 2012/13 academic year with around 200 first and second year students studying at the venue. From September 2013 LSC will make North Finchley its permanent home and this number will increase to over 300 with third years joining their fellow students on site. London Studio Centre’s facilities at artsdepot will include rehearsal studios, lecture rooms and performance spaces.
LSC’s relocation to artsdepot provides students with a unique opportunity to access professional performance spaces and as well as participate in forums, workshops and master classes with the artists and companies who perform at the venue. Students have recently participated in a dance class with BalletBoyz, a Q&A with Ballet Black, and LSC is collaborating with artsdepot on a summer school for young people with no prior dance experience.
Kerry Andrews, Artistic Director of artsdepot said: “It’s truly amazing for us to have the next generation of dance makers based at artsdepot. There are so many possibilities of working collaboratively in the future; next year artsdepot celebrates its 10th anniversary and we’re looking forward to joining forces with LSC students to create a memorable celebration. Having such a prestigious dance college on site will also firmly establish artsdepot as a destination venue for touring dance companies from the UK and internationally. The future is looking really exciting!”
Nic Espinosa, Director of London Studio Centre said: “We’ve loved the last year at artsdepot and are delighted to be remaining in North Finchley, establishing a new and unique partnership with artsdepot. We were immediately struck by all that the venue has to offer in terms of training and performance. Our partnership with artsdepot provides additional opportunities for the substantial development for LSC in the longer term, in a unique performing arts environment; we believe these exciting developments will provide LSC with the opportunity to enhance our position as one of the powerhouses of Dance Education.”
Tracy Cooper, Chief Executive of artsdepot said: “We’re thrilled that London Studio Centre will be making artsdepot their home permanently. The staff and students have brought a real vibrancy to the venue. This partnership between an arts centre and a performing arts college is unique in the cultural sector and brings with it opportunities for both organisations to collaborate and share creative ideas.”
This year will also see significant developments in the area around artsdepot, following North Finchley’s successful bid for £1.1 million from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund, which promises economic regeneration and the development of a cultural quarter with artsdepot at its core.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “We want culture and creativity to be able to thrive in the outer London boroughs. This exciting new partnership creates an excellent home for London Studio Centre and strengthens artsdepot's position at the heart of cultural life in north London. It’s a wonderful asset, adding to the quality of life for the local community, and drawing in visitors, which in turn will benefit the local economy. The plans to develop a cultural hub with artsdepot at its core, as a result of our investment through the Outer London Fund, will be further enhanced by this partnership.”