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Artworks to showcase new tenants at Christmas event

5 December 2014

The Artworks will be hosting a Christmas event on Saturday 13th December to showcase the great new food, lifestyle and fashion retailers that are now open.

The full-day event begins at 10am and will include Christmas decoration workshops and art classes as well as toy making workshops in the library, live music in the new Long Wave Bar, retailers offering their latest products with cake, champagne and live music while you shop. Lifestyle tenants are also providing free head and shoulder massages and taster sessions in yoga throughout the day.

The evening entertainment will begin at 5pm with carol singers, free mulled wine and mince pies, progressing on to live music and a local DJ in the bar and the new table football bar.

Longwave at night

The Artworks is a three-storey space comprised of 39 recycled shipping containers, Long Wave Café / Bar and Newington Temporary Library, located in Zone 1 on the corner of Elephant Road and Walworth Road in Elephant and Castle. It is designed to bring life and activity to the area during its redevelopment and to act as an ‘incubator’ for entrepreneurs, with competitive all inclusive rents. It is hoped that many of the retailers and businesses that join the Artworks will eventually take permanent space within Elephant Park.

Since opening in September 2014, Artworks has brought in new ethical fashion labels, a unique homeware store, a hand-made skateboard company, a community of local artists who are setting up a retail and gallery space, an arts and crafts shop that does weekly workshops and a shoe store that customises bespoke artwork onto trainers. In the midst of all these retailers are a mix of street food vendors that sell everything from organic flatbreads and fresh juices to chapattis and Mauritian comfort food. On the top floor, the Newington Library is now open which gives local residents ongoing access to a temporary community library.

Charlie Fulford, Director of Artworks, commented: “This event will showcase the outstanding group of businesses which have been attracted to the Artworks and offer visitors both a unique shopping experience and the opportunity to enjoy outstanding food and entertainment. It’s a great opportunity to get some last minute Christmas shopping, in an entirely different environment”.

Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “A significant part of the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle is to support the area’s thriving arts and culture scene, and local businesses. The Artworks on Elephant Road is a key hub for new local businesses. Now the Artworks is open and ready to receive customers, this is a wonderful opportunity for people to go down and see what is available, and enjoy some festive cheer.”

Visit the Artworks website for more information: www.theartworks-uk.com

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