Artist in Residence

Cue Lloyd Grossman-type voice “Now, who would live in a house like this?”

I think this is the back end of Piper’s Wharf – though I get the wharves a bit muddled around there; never knowing where they begin and end. It’s the uncertain little bit of road between the end of Banning Street and Christchurch Road where an old fashioned goods yard (for rent, if anyone can think of a good purpose for a large yard next to the Thames that doesn’t involve knocking it down and building yet more luxury flats …) nestles between the bit of Lovells Wharf that hasn’t been turned into  flats yet and the industrial estate at the end of Christchurch Road.

I love this scruffy little corner, even if I suspect the whole place is doomed in the long run.  It’s just too large a spot, too close to the river, for a developer not to already be salivating at it, and I doubt they’ll save the cute little house just by the giant gates (which I don’t have a picture of, sadly. Better rush out and get one before someone knocks it down…)

But in the meanwhile, someone has made this place home.

Does anyone know who the artist is? It looks pretty boarded up these days and no one’s cleaned the privy (inside the green door) for, ahem, sometime, but maybe, just maybe, this is still someone’s studio. I can’t see him/her getting much light from this side but perhaps round the front there are giant glass windows…

I just don’t know. I don’t even know how long it’s been there – I only noticed it the other day, but it looks as though it’s been around some time.

Any clues?


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4 Comments to “Artist in Residence”

  1. OldChina says:

    I had a little pokey around there a couple of weeks ago. Lots of cool nooks and cranny’s to stick my nose into. Can’t say I noticed the art then although I’m not always very observant.

    GP, I’m also worried about this area. The new pier, cruise ship complex, hotel and luxury apartments are slated for here, aren’t they? I reeeeally hope they accomodate the old buildngs (including the derilict buildings on the other side of the site, by the river) rather than just bulldoze it all.

    Fingers firmly crossed.

  2. darryl says:

    I came past here yesterday and thought the same thing. It has gained a “for sale” sign, though…

  3. julian says:

    It seems to have become a popular scruffy little area for flytipping. Often you’ll see a mattress, or other rubbish. Today an abandoned bicycle.

  4. Donovan says:

    The Artist label has been around there for quite some time. The bear, magpie, wolf combo are new arrivals though … not seen them before.