Creative hothouse Bernie Grant Arts Centre has completed its first phase of a long-term artist-led refurbishment programme, Morag Myerscough — renowned for her use of bold colours, geometric preoccupations, and the ability to create community and build identity — weaving her inimitable magic on the centre’s bar and café space.
Boasting 20 creative workspaces and rehearsal rooms, the Tottenham-based centre (named after the late long-time local MP Bernie Grant, whose vision for a fairer Britain inspired him to embark on creating the complex) is a godsend for artists working in the neighbourhood; a platform which enables them to get their works ‘out there’ and seen by others.
Taking the concrete and hard wood materiality of the Sir David Adjaye-designed building, Myerscough ahs added layers of reclaimed materials; textures; patterns; plants and copious colour — creating a vibrant space at the centre’s very core.
Long-time collaborator Luke Morgan contributed by designing and making the dining tables, whilst artist Yemi Awosile worked on the soon-to-be installed gallery area seating, all three invigorating the space that over time had grown to look long in the tooth. Additional space has been created to allow artists to add their own layers, ensuring that over the coming years it remains vibrant and youthful. Excellent as ever.