Four Streets Winter Garden gets Arts Council funding

Plans for a Winter Garden in Granby’s Turner Prize award winning Four Streets have been given a boost by the Arts Council.

The Community Land Trust has been awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds for the Granby Winter Garden and Common House, which is a key part of the long-term plan to preserve and re-vitalise their neighbourhood.

The Winter Garden & Common House Project is a new collaboration between the CLT and architects Assemble, and will be a community-owned shared resource.

Two derelict terraced properties will become an extraordinary set of spaces that will house an indoor garden, an artist residency-space and a community gathering place. The artists residency programme is being developed in partnership with Bluecoat Arts Centre and will feature a diversity of artists, from the local to the international, who aim to affect a space or place.

The Winter Garden and Common House will be a beautiful, useful and accessible space establishing a space and resource for socially engaged arts activities – continuing the history of creative action and engagement which has been a key driver for change in the area – ensuring the continuation of this DIY approach in which art and creativity are an everyday part of the process of rebuilding their neighbourhood.

The CLT itself grew out of residents’ decades long campaign to oppose demolition and re-build their community through creative community action, growing and collaboration and started the area-wide redevelopment that now combines many solutions, and partners, in a community led regeneration that incorporates homes, shops, a street market, art works and street planting.