SE1's thriving creative community has been given a boost by the opening of a new artists' studio complex in Bermondsey's Crimscott Street.
Recent art school graduate William Austin, 23, hopes Southwark Studios with solve the common problem facing many artists – lack of suitable work space.
"Like many others, after graduating I wanted to follow my dream of being an artist. However, I couldn't find anywhere to work, even if I was prepared to travel miles and put up with old and uncomfortable premises," says William. "So I thought it was time to do something about it."
By transforming a vacant industrial premises into high quality but affordable workspaces, William aims to provide the local creative sector with comfortable and secure workspaces that will also foster a sense of community. The complex includes large communal kitchens and meeting areas to encourage local artists to interact and he hopes this will see the studios become the heart of the local creative community.
"I want to do more than just provide much needed workspace," says William. "Southwark Studios will run regular events such as open studios to build connections with the wider community in Southwark and the rest of London."