The Rural Arts Centre
The Rural Arts Centre, completed earlier this year at Stepney City Farm after three years’ planning and consultation, is a unique facility amongst all of London’s City Farms.
An initial concept by founding member and current resident artist Blacksmith Ian Lowe, the Rural Arts Centre aims ‘to preserve and promote those trades, crafts and arts which were once an intrinsic part of our daily lives but are now at risk of being lost from today’s society’. It hopes to achieve this through environment, observation, engagement and education.
The new building provides dedicated housing for three permanent ‘demonstration’ workshop spaces. Designed specifically to allow visitors the opportunity to observe the artists whilst at work, each shop boasts large glass fronts to allow excellent viewing in complete safety. It also houses a small dedicated Gallery space which provides opportunities for both ‘in house’ and non-resident artists to exhibit their work.
The Rural Arts Centre has a fully working Pottery run by resident artist Jessica Joslin and a fully working Forge run by resident artist Ian Lowe.
Each resident artist is available for private and public commissions as well as for educational classes and courses. We offer the public an opportunity to try their hands at our free weekly ‘open shop’ sessions: see individual workshop doors for details or contact the relevant Rural Arts Centre member.
We also provide a ‘Mobile Rural Arts Centre’ service, ideal for those who cannot travel to the Farm.