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 artists’ 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 artists’ 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 Heritage’s 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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