V22 Louise House & Forest Hill Library
V22 Louise House
This Grade II* listed Victorian building consists of 15 self-contained artists’ studios over two floors, front and back gardens, and a separate community and exhibition space at the rear of the building. All studios have high ceilings, windows and natural light.
Louise House is our first truly long term building in London with a lease term of 125 years. At a time when artists find they have to move on quite regularly due to regeneration, it is very exciting to be able to develop roots in a neighbourhood and know that we can truly become part of the community.
At the rear of Louise House is the old laundry building which contains a newly refurbished large gallery space and Community Studio. We are also in the process of renovating the basement of the laundry as another events space. Alongside the building is a large community garden. Our vision is for an art and community centre which can become part of Forest Hill long into the future.
Located between the Library and the Swimming Pool in Forest Hill, Louise House is a 5 minute walk from Forest Hill station, served by National Rail and the Overground line.
Forest Hill Library
Opening in October 2016, V22 are pleased to be part of a community partnership which will take over the running of the Forest Hill Library. As well as continuing library services, we are looking forward to building a specialist art library, adding to the events and opportunities hosted at the library, and launching affordable shared workspace to help subsidise the library services.
There will be a mixture of self-contained offices and studios (please note that the listed building status makes it impossible for messy studios) and shared deskspace, access to the library and neighbouring V22 Louise House gardens, and the opportunity to hire a dedicated Showroom or Meeting room in Louise House Laundry.
This is a unique opportunity to have workspace in a beautiful Grade II* listed building and to support the community of South East London to keep alive their library services.