Under this banner Garry, Lucy and Graham went on to produce ambitious art interventions in underused, unusual buildings across the UK and abroad, collaborating with Venezuelan artist Manuel Sanmartin on a number of showcases for Latin American and British artists. Locations included a former aircraft factory in Hatfield; an old Edinburgh chapel; a London crypt; a Cold War fallout shelter in Peterborough; the winding shed of a 19th Century Tyneside coalmine; a crumbling 13th Century French château and numerous spaces previously untried as sites for contemporary art. Most recently through partnerships with a housing association, we converted an east London florist’s shop into a thriving community pub, The Tommy Flowers, now widely recognised as a new model of creative outreach.
Establishing Fitzrovia Noir as a Community Interest Company in 2011, the last decade has seen our continuing commitment to activities which broaden access to the arts, working fwith many learning difficulties groups and engaging a wide range of residents in neglected neighbourhoods across London and northeast England. This work has been made possible with development support from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Heritage Fund, Local Trust, Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and for the very first time, a direct Arts Council England grant in 2020.
Our immediate ambitions include a mobile glassblowing studio to tour as part of our commitment to public participation in creative making and the planning of an immersive workshop programme for schools. In the future Fitzrovia Noir aims to expand its reach into other parts of mainland Europe with a continuing programme of revitalising empty buildings with new art and activity.