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Added on: 15th November, 2016 by O1

V22 is delighted to have been successful in the tender process to become the new guardian of Orpington Priory. We recognise that the Priory and adjoining library are important buildings in Orpington; not only architecturally and historically, but their position close to the town centre creates a special opportunity for the buildings to once again become an important part of the civic life of the area and wider London.

V22 is an art organisation which specialises in the collection of contemporary art, the production of exhibitions and events, the provision of artistsí studios and creative workspace at affordable rates, and the running of community engagement and education programmes. As an art organisation we necessarily believe that art can be one of the cornerstones of civic life.

We hope to open the first artistsí studios in the old library building during the summer of 2017, although there is still building work to be done before that can happen. For the Priory itself, our first actions must be in line with English Heritageís aspirations for the building as well as those of local conservation officers. We look forward to understanding more of the heritage of this fascinating building and working toward restoring it and reopening it to the public.

Through introductions from officers of London Borough of Bromley, V22 has already had meetings with Orpington 1st, OPCH, and a Ward Councillor for Orpington. We believe these have been very successful first meetings and, as per our tender submission, we are keen to engage with a wide variety of community groups in order to ensure their ongoing involvement in the future of the building and grounds.

We believe Orpington 1st could be a great partner for delivering community engagement programmes and economic development initiatives; we
believe we share many of the goals and visions of OPCH for the Priory and grounds; and we look forward to continuing our discussions with these organisations, as well as meeting further community groups in the area, to develop our vision. Especially since the community has been so involved in the future of this important building, we want to talk to people in the area about their
aspirations for the Priory. Obviously it is much loved and we want to build a strong community and cultural centre to be part of and support the continued active use of both buildings at the site.

We are at the early stages of development but if anyone would like to be in touch, or to join our mailing list for future updates, please email us at: priory@v22london.com

Please see our website for further information about V22:

Contact: contact@v22london.com

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Ruth Carter - 3 Dec, 2016 - 11:22AM

Thank you

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Katie - 3 Dec, 2016 - 10:59AM

Hi Kate,

Thank you for your interest in Orpington Priory and very kind words.

I did receive your email, unfortunately we are having some technical issues with our server, we hope for the problem to be fixed this week.

I can confirm that you have been added to the mailing list for updates on Orpington Priory.

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Kate - 2 Dec, 2016 - 20:37PM

Also, I think this is great news! We moved to Orpington this year, not far from the Priory. I'm really pleased to see a cultural organisation moving into the area and doing something positive with this beautiful, historic building.

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Kate - 2 Dec, 2016 - 20:31PM

I tried emailing you but got a bounce back saying your mailbox is full.

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Katie Tysoe - 21 Nov, 2016 - 09:49AM

Hi Ruth,

Sorry if I was unclear, we are unable to see your email address on this comment thread.

We are delighted that you are interested in Orpington Priory and so if you don't mind leaving your email address in the comment box we will then be able to add you on to our mailing list.

Alternatively, if you could send an email to priory@v22london.com , we will have your email address on our records and can add you to our mailing list.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Ruth Carter - 21 Nov, 2016 - 09:32AM

Please add me to the mailing list

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Katie Tysoe - 21 Nov, 2016 - 09:08AM

Hi Ruth,

Please email priory@v22london.com to be added to the mailing list for updates on Orpington Priory.

Thank you

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Ruth Carter - 18 Nov, 2016 - 23:53PM

Please may I be added to your mailing list?
Thank you

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