Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

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ArtReach
Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

Hi there,

I'm an artist recently moved to Herne Hill.

Does anyone on the forum know anything about Park Mews "Creative Space" at the bottom of Croxted Road on the corner of Norwood Road, just before you reach Brockwell Park?  It's got green gates.

There doesn't seem to be a website with any information about the artists / studios / open days / events at all. Maybe it's because I've been searching for the wrong search words and it bought me here to the Herne Hill Forum, but maybe someone knows if the arts space has a name so I can find reviews and details about it?

I'm looking for studio space in the area, and the creative space there looks interesting.  Unfortunately their phone number on the sign outside doesn't work so it's all slightly strange.

Has anyone got any info?  Are you an artist there?  Previously rented a space there and got any feedback whether it is a good place to work?

I'd be particularly interested to hear any personal experiences about the space and whether there are any upcoming events there.

Thanks for your time!

ONGEAN
Re: Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

Hello.

I would like to write a few words to both of those that recently posted here.  I will also write a little bit about the Studio.

Firstly to ArtReach.

The phone number 0208 671 0011 on the gate does work but is not answered all the time but messages left will always be replied to. You may also email to info@ongean.com.

The building runs as Multi-Function Creative Studio. It houses 20 plus different artists and their associates. There are music rooms with sound editors, producers and musicians, working on their own projects but also for very well known clients in the music industry and film and television. Rehearsal and practise rooms. Fine Art rooms include numerous painters and sculptors with their art being sold all over the world. The craft rooms house designers makers that produce exceptional chandalliers, embelished canvasses, incredible jewellery designs, wedding dresses, screen printed t-shirts and cards and gifts. Many of these products are sold in London markets and in very established shops as Sefridges, Fortnum and Mason and Libertys. They also make bespoke for private clients including some very well known Hollywood Actors, professional footballers and other well known celebrities.

There is a multi-use workshop for repairing furniture and up-cycling, making picture frames and canvas stretchers and innovative furniture. There is a green design business on site that builds unique garden cabins with green roofs and is building its first eco-housing project this year. 

The building has housed over 200 different creatives in its time and is now in its 14th year.  Park Mews was a run down derilict site in 2000 and it has taken the owner 13 years of renovations and improvements and it is constantly being viewed by local authority figures as an example of a beautiful tidy green, railway arch mews.

Many 'Residents' of the studio have been there for quite few years and 4 of them for over eight years. They range from all different ethnic groups, religions, sexual orientations and range from teens into retirement age. They all work in this large collective studio and share the facilities. Some are full time creatives and others hobbyists and come from many different backgrounds. The studio opperates a strict equality policy and is currently installing disabled facilities.

This year it will open to the general public and outside visitors that may apply for membership to use the new facilities currently being built. These include two restaurants, private dinning rooms, 3 mini galleries, a family paint and draw room, life drawing classes, a classical and accoustic music rehearsal room, pop-up shops, reclamation yard and an art and craft market. Plus a cinema and theatre.

The profits from the building will be used to run three charities that are in current administration and planning. One to build the biggest forrest in the country, another to create an enormous reef in the sea to rebuild our dwindling fish stocks and the third to help those in disaster areas rebuild their houses.

The building is a green project and has been refurbished with nearly 95% reclaimed materials and runs carbon neutral.

Now to the person that has enrolled on here to spread malicious gossip. e h g.  Firstly if you had any character you would say who you are. Yet you only want to cause trouble and mess with something and someone you do not even know.  Running a building that big and with such a diverse crowd and allowing all through the doors giving anyone a chance to work there is an enormous task in itself.  Dealing with all those seperate characters along the way is in itself a full time job but singlehandly the owner of the building has done not only that he has turned a run down derilct site into a thriving arts and creative studio with no financial support. It brings a large ammount of finance into Herne Hill and creates its own economy and for the area.

Over the years the owner has had to ask numerous people to leave the building for a wide range of criminal activities. From excessive drug taking, vandalism, dangerous and deadly health and safety practices, being poisoned by fumes from one of the artists, physical attacks on himself, death threats and constant intimidation, general rudeness, racism, threats to destroy his business, fraud and even try to force him to give up the property so some of the artists could take it themselves.

The owner has become friend to most of his neighbours and helps them with general building support and refurbishment and has become one man neighbourhood watch to the 30 or so houses that back onto it. Stopping numerous breakin attempts, evicting squatters when people went on holiday and has also been the victim of one extremely violent burgulary by a gang that nearly killed him.  He has fought with planning to stop a Witherspoons pub and Tesco Metro being built on the corner of the road in the old print works and liased with the council to move the building back two metres so that the mews would not be shrouded in shadow.  I could go on here but I'm sure that the small minded individual has their own opinion of the man.  

He is currently engaged in legal disputes with people and also has a criminal case still in investigation over threats and malicious liablous slandering to him.  He is supported by one of the top legal families in the country and a deputy high court judge that has one of their children as a long term 'resident Artist' and is his very close friend.  Maybe you should be added to that investigation.

Running a building that big is a microcosm of general society but with the more eccentric and extreme characters a lot of the time as the creative world brings them out. I'm sure that whatever you do is also such an important part of the local community but we would never know as not only do you remain nameless you do not say what you do.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the studio may use the details above.

Best regards to all reading,  yours Adam.  The owner of the studio.

ONGEAN
Re: Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

It should read;  info@ongean.com

ONGEAN
Re: Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

Hello to all.

I am happy to write here today that the person that posted abusive and defamatory remarks about myself and the studio has removed them. Initially there was a brief apology on here for the most abusive text but there was still damaging remarks about the studio left as a second posting. After I emailed through personally I was given a writen apology from the gentleman in question although I would have prefered if he had shown enough character to post the apology publicly on here.

There are much more important things to do in life and society in general needs our support at all times and helping neighbours rather than putting them down should be the order of the day.

Lets use our time to find Elaines doggy.

Cheers Adam        ONGEAN.

ONGEAN
Re: Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

Hello Edward.

I would like to point you to the forum rules section.  Yesterdays comments aboiut myself were of a very personal nature and were both abusive and defamatory. You are also degrading and damaging my business even though by your own accounts you have never met me or been to the building in question.  

I now ask you to apologise again and remove the comments about my studio as you are still using a second hand account of myself.  I will be contacting the forum direct and asking them to review all the messages you have posted on line here.  I understsnd that on-line trolls exist but I would think that this is an adult and intelligent platform for all and that abusive behaviour that has come from yourself should not be allowed.

ONGEAN                   Adam.

TJBuilders
Re: Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

[quote="ArtReach"]

Hi there,

I'm an artist recently moved to Herne Hill.

Does anyone on the forum know anything about Park Mews "Creative Space" at the bottom of Croxted Road on the corner of Norwood Road, just before you reach Brockwell Park?  It's got green gates.

There doesn't seem to be a website with any information about the artists / studios / open days / events at all. Maybe it's because I've been searching for the wrong search words and it bought me here to the Herne Hill Forum, but maybe someone knows if the arts space has a name so I can find reviews and details about it?

I'm looking for studio space in the area, and the creative space there looks interesting.  Unfortunately their phone number on the sign outside doesn't work so it's all slightly strange.

Has anyone got any info?  Are you an artist there?  Previously rented a space there and got any feedback whether it is a good place to work?

I'd be particularly interested to hear any personal experiences about the space and whether there are any upcoming events there.

Thanks for your time!

[/quote] yes, it is full of pretentious pricks who pay 3 months rent and disapearWink proper 'artisans' can't find space in the areaUndecided

ArtReach
Re: Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

Ah, I was mainly just wondering if there were any open days or open Studio events coming up!

@TJBuilders - yes I guess there are always going to be "pretentious pricks" as you say, in the art world.  I wonder if the artists at Ongean Studios come across like that to the outside world, but aren't like that when you get to know them.

@ONGEAN - thank you for such a detailed message. The Mews sounds very interesting and varied and a hive of activity. Sounds like it's a great art space for the community. I was under the impression it was private studios because I've only ever seen the gates locked. Didn't realise it was open to the public. I'll pop in next time I'm passing and perhaps have a meal in one of the restaurants and hope to meet some of the resident artists.

Smile

TJBuilders
Re: Creative Space - Park Mews on Croxted Road

Aaagh, I was only joking, I like artists, Kiss

anonymousforsafety
BEWARE of BROCKWOOD STUDIO - ONGEAN - ADAM PERRY

I have sublet a studio space at ONGEAN/BROCKWOOD STUDIO and must seriously advice against it.

The subletter Adam Perry has made it extremely difficult to work to a point of harrasment and has completely unabled me to continue my practice, which is clean and of no disturbance to the community. Hence I have easily adapted to my new studio and studio colleagues.

I liked the space and accepted the offer I was given even though I was asked to pay all rental upfront. I was given an extensive rule book AFTER contract had been signed with rules that only protected the legal safety of the owner and was in no way beneficial to the renter.

A short period after moving in I was pressured to leave early ir order to protect my practise and belongings and was denied my deposit back. Adam has gone through my stuff in my absence, accused me of things I did not do and, what was the breaking point for me leaving, threatened me and a friend who was there to help me move.

Because Adam has my address I must remain anonymous.

I highly advice against doing business with ONGEAN and/or BROCKWOOD STUDIO registered to the following address:

1 Park Mews, London SE24 9DB

I am truly sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I wished someone would have warned me before I did, so I decided to open my case to the public of Herne Hill.

Elizabeth Raine
Brockwood Studio - Ongean - Adam

I feel compelled to write regarding the comment left about Ongean / Brockwell Studio. This is by no means a bias comment this I must state. 

I have known the Studio Owner, Adam for a very longtime and had a space there myself. He has immense pressure running and care taking the building, as well as making sure all health and fire and safety rules are maintained. I have witnessed artists asked to leave when they break these rules which are for fire, health and safety and in the interest of other artists there to maintain an ordered, safe and respectful environment for all artists to work.

This is a tall order forAdam and he is under immense stress to run a tight ship, when there are so many artists. Especially when some do not fully understand that the building is under a busy bridge that has public passenger trains running over it. It is understandable that Any materials that may endanger the safety, not only of other artists and people in the building but the safety of the important railway and neighbouring residents, then they are asked to remove those hazardous materials.

It is understandable that in the interests of safety they will be inspected or removed without warning to prevent a fire or health risk.  This is common sense. These rules obviously have over the years caused some dissatisfaction and conflict with artists and they have been asked to leave. It is understandable if rules are broken then one would loose their deposit.

Adam has single handedly built these artist spaces for artists and has created a pleasing environment for artists to work, which is not chaotic compared to other studios where many studio owners, do not give a damn. He has spent considerable time making sure each artist has a good space to work, remodelling those spaces many times to suit individual artists and has built a pleasing artist community to serve their greater good and the community as well as the environment, where other artist studio owners would not.

In a world where we like to put people down and be negative rather than look at the positives Individuals like Adam make. I would categorically state that Adam has created  a very positive environment at Ongean / Brockwell Studio and feel that his good work should be highlighted and honoured .

 

BrockWoodStudio
BROCKWOODSTUDIO :To those unwilling to state the full facts.
  • BrockWoodStudio is a privately run non profit making business. Those wishing to disclose themselves may ask to see the accounts of the management company that runs it. It's not difficult to find it online.
  • It houses 30 plus artists and creatives that are members of an arts science and technology club.  Previous members had to join the Studio set up. The studio does not and has not ever 'let' spaces.  To join members have to sign and agree to a strict studio membership protocol that covers all different artistic practises. Most of the protocols cover stringent health and safety rules but others cover personal conduct and environmental rules.
  • People have been asked to leave the building due to gross negligence on both environmental and health and safety practises and due to dangerous use of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. The person that has lodged the post has not described why they were asked to leave so it is difficult to fully describe their case. It is also difficult to fully understand the complaint as the text written does make sense : why are they,  "pressured to leave to protect their practise and their belongings". 
  • Part of any agreement is to keep all belongings in clear boxes or boxes that are labelled and declare all toxic and dangerous or flammable materials with site office with a waste disposal policy provided by them and health and safety contingency policy provided by them and full hazard data sheets for each material used and COSHE list kept by them and provided to the studio management.  All Flamables are kept outside the building in a metal cabinet. If they do not do this their boxes are searched.  We have removed over the years more that a ton of toxic, flammable, carcinogenic and deadly containers that have been hidden in various boxes with some disguised as other items so that we would not find them. A new site blog will be running soon that will describe all this plus the other "Crazy" things people have done to secretly work in a way that would be harmful to not only those working next to them but the neighbours of adjoining houses and to those that go home to their children contaminated in toxic material. I was myself poisoned by fumes from one of these artists.
  • Last year two large companies that used subsiduary freelance artists to run projects for them hired work rooms for small projects.  They allowed their team members to use deadly chemicals and to buy explosive chemicals that they tried to bring on site.  If the studio protocols were not so stringent they may have got away with using them. They were also deadly to the environment yet none of the staff had any idea what they were using.
  • Do you know that 'Spray Mount' is CARCINOGENIC, all 'Canned Spray paints are CARCINOGENIC.  Floral foam is CARCINOGENIC. Part of our studio policy is to not allow "ITEMS THAT MAY HARM THE UNBORN CHILD" yet all the previous items do, and usually state it, but the wording on the cans is so small you need a magnifying glass to read it or you have to ask the chemical maufacturer for the hazard sheets.
  • Recently 3 artists left when they said that they do not mind loosing ten plus years off their life for their determined uses of toxic and carcinogenic materials. One of them threw away the hazard data sheets we provided for them saying " I don't want to read that, I like to use that stuff".
  • They asked for their money back for a room they hired that they contaminated with some items that are listed as deadly, a month after reading and signing our Environmental Protocols. When the van driver found out he had half a ton of deadly toxic liquid and powder in his van he panicked.  Imagine if he crashed and it spilt onto the road, into a drain or into the lungs of pedestrians or emergency services personel that had no idea what they were carying as it was all labelled in Japanese 
  • There has been 9 fires in the railway line that runs above our heads and through Herne Hill to Brixton, in the past 10 years in many of the other arches ,and none in Park Mews.  We will be releasing a full disclosure document soon of all those that have been asked to leave the studio due to dangerous practises and maybe those posting the above complaint will see their name on it.
  • Also those wishing to disclose themselves may also see a full studio rule book and protocol document. We may post it up on here if we feel it is necessary.
  • The above posting, state that the rules only protect the owner.  Most of the rules are to protect the long running studio members, some have been here 12 plus years, with their children coming and going as they grew up, and also to protect the railway line that runs above and all those that travel to work on it and to make sure they get to work on time without interruption from fires underneath.
  • Every time we ask a member to leave we make a large financial loss.  This costs an immense amount of time and disrupts the flow of the studio and its 'Resident Artists"
  • We are having a open day soon and those wishing to attend can email to hi@brockwoodstudio.com for an invite. We are open for inspection of our rules and protocols and of how we run the building.
  • Currently we have children as young as 6 taking violin and piano classes on site and have a new 3 screen cinema opening plus events, dining, drawing and painting evenings, reduced rate photo and film studio for young photraphers/ film makers and start-ups and are trying to raise money for science laboratory.
  • Part of our Environmental protocols have been taken on by the Railway owners. A connected business, that runs these protocols through our management company, is now advising one of the largest event companies in the world and large scale development sites have enquired about them as a consultantcy service.
  • We are not perfect and do not claim to be, people can be misguided and we can make mistakes but we are happy to be transparent and share our experiences honestly and openly. We just hope all others can do the same.  We can also learn by our mistakes but we are a business wether we make a profit or not and this is also taking time away from a business that needs constant attention and commitment.  We have been here 17 years and have taken a derilict site and turned into a working entity. I would like to see the same commitment from those nameless complainers.
  • Please do get in touch directly on the email listed. Come and say hello.  Those nameless 'naysayers' can cary on safe in their annonimity and can try to stop one of the longest running, carbon neutral and the greenest self funded private Arts Studio in London.  Good evening Herne Hill, Adam.
  • apologies for any spelling mistakes..I'm tired.
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