Kindred Studios was created in February 2015 by two friends looking to set up their ceramic practice in West London. After a two year long search, they leased a space inside a disused vocational building in Ladbroke Grove. Eager to be surrounded by other creatives, they held an open day inviting other artists and makers to come and see the rest of the site to potentially join them.
The scarcity of creative space in West London became apparent when within two days the entire 14,000 sq. ft building was filled with 95 creatives, across a wide range of disciplines in the Arts, many of whom had previously been working from their kitchens, sheds and bedrooms.
Within weeks of moving into newly named ‘Kindred studios’, artists repainted the walls and hung their paintings in its long corridors. Each makerspace began to express the individuality of the creators working within them and a strong sense of community, kinship and pride began to take root. Kindred’s values of openness, commitment to work and talent created a unique and inspiring mix of individuals.
Some artists began to bring their groups of young students to visit the studios and Kindred Makers talked about their craft. The visits were so impactful that Kindred formalised the vocational tours and began to offer them to local colleges. Nowhere in London could young people engage with their futures across such a wide breadth of disciplines.
Kindred moved to its beautiful creative home in leafy Maida Hill in September 2017 and expanded its offer to include 175 artists and makers, an educational programme designed to inspire the next generation and frequent events, designed to harbour creativity in its neighbourhood and share the incredible talent that had previously laid seemingly dormant in West London.
Four years on, Kindred continues to bring talented creatives together and nurtures the strong bonds between them. Kindred believes that this supportive network is essential to the happiness of its members and that it not only fosters continual learning but also helps artists produce their very best work.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
Last Summer, we were informed by our landlords at United Colleges, that our much loved creative home in Saltram Crescent needed to be sold. With the high-profile support that we have attracted over the years, we felt we had a chance at raising the necessary capital to secure the asset for years to come and you know what? WE ALMOST DID IT!! At last February’s sealed bid, our investors put in an unconditional £15M offer for the purchase of the building (feeling proud here, someone likes us THAT MUCH)- it was as far as they could credibly commit given the modest returns we could deliver.
Sadly for all of us, we were outbid by someone with greater financial gains for the site. The final winning bid will probably be announced some time in May when the Community ACV is lifted. With a heavy heart, we peacefully moved out on the 28th of February 2019, leaving the site more beautiful than we had found it.
All is not lost, we are presently finalising a large new long-term site in an awesome location and can’t wait to tell you all about it. We will be re-opening applications as soon as it’s completed. If you’re interested in joining us and feel that you could contribute to our community ethos and mentorship programme, we’d love to hear from you.
WHAT WE WANT
There are so many things that we want to achieve with Kindred Studios but longevity in a building is essential for us to deliver our key objectives. In a place and time that values commercial above community, we plan to go against the grain and:
-Grow a thriving community of artists which enables individuals to develop collectively and thrive professionally.
-Stoke our campfire musical and poetry nights, they’ve been so popular with you all
-Continue working with schools and colleges with a particular focus on creative mentorship
-Open our cafe to the public and host talks and art festivals
-Have a permanent Art Shop which supports our local artists and makers
-Continue supporting West London Artists, we work better TOGETHER