Profile of members and activities
The artists at Stockwell Studios have been custodians of the former Annie McCall maternity hospital for over two decades. Throughout this time they have campaigned to save the building from being demolished and established Stockwell Studios as a significant and cultural educational resource. Providing a unique blend of professional resident artists working in the heart of Stockwell, both in and with the local community.
Many of the artists have taught and trained throughout the capitol at institutions such as The Royal College of Art, The Royal Academy, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Wimbledon, Central St. Martins, Goldsmiths, London Metropolitan and The Slade and continue to actively create and exhibit work locally, nationally and internationally. Outward looking and inclusive the artists at Stockwell Studios have strong links with Schools, Colleges and Universities across the country teaching at every level of age and ability from local primary schools and the elderly to undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
Activities and initiatives provided by the group include:
The Annie McCall Heritage Project brought together local primary schools with other community groups such as: Mind, Help the Aged, Stockwell Park Primary School, Larkhall Primary School and The Alan Edwards Primary School. The Annie McCall heritage website involved the residents of the neighbouring sheltered housing project, creating an accessible resource and archive of local oral histories of former patients and infants born in the building. A key part of the project was the joining up of communities and improving the quality of life for local residents through the provision of art initiatives. Funding partners include, The Arts Council of Great Britain, Urban II.
Other activities include the creation of the flexi-space a community arts facility available for hire for a wide range of activities. (Currently closed for refurbishment.)
Stockwell Studios and its members have a long history of active participation and committee membership in local community groups and continue to extend and strengthen these and to campaign for the preservation of the site as a cultural resource. Future developments include discussions over the possibility of purpose built community art spaces, galleries and residential studios in order to continue to provide much needed, affordable studios and to promote a wide range of artistic and educational endeavours including outreach work, residencies and creative facilities.