Our drive to make Barking and not Berlin a major destination for artists continues with our call for organisations to run new artist’s studios by the River Roding.

We hope our new Abbey Road studios will be as inspiring to artists as its St John’s Wood’s namesake.

If you want to produce ‘Something’ special, just like the Beatles did at their studios in St John’s Wood, click here to find out more Abbey Rd creative units brief

Or simply email David.Harley@befirst.london

And, in partnership with Barking Enterprise Centre (BEC), we have opened up a new pop up art gallery in Barking station.

The gallery will showcase the creative talent we have in this borough.

The space will initially exhibit the work of Dagenham photographer, Jimmy Lee and will also feature East End artist David Bailey’s photograph of the Dagenham Idol ,  which will be one of the star exhibits at the gallery this summer.

The picture of the prehistoric figurine is believed to be one of the first known examples of figurative art in Europe.

The exhibition is the first of an exciting programme of art and craft exhibitions which will be run by the BEC from this summer. The BEC will also be promoting the innovative new creative workspace ‘ThreeSixty’, delivered in partnership with Create London, which is due to open early next year.