Another ‘Call to Arms’.
The whole of old London is up for sale. The list of buildings includes Battersea Power Station; tons of public buildings all closed under ‘austerity’ measures, the old warehouse next to our office in Battersea which contains art galleries, the ‘Doodle bar’ where I held my wedding reception & a boxing gym run by Barry McGuigan’s son, Shane. The list goes on. They are all going to be converted into luxury flats & offices, with little cafes & shopping areas.
So that’s the future? No culture, no history, just a pleasant cappuccino whilst discussing business with your colleagues or shopping with friends, then a game of golf & maybe the cinema. Soon London will resemble Los Angeles where the ‘place to be’ is at a rich persons house, in their private pool, tennis court, cinema, etc, all because there are no public facilities.
Now the Horse Hospital, a grade two, listed building is being put up for sale. The only existing unspoilt example of a two-floor, purpose built stable, built in 1797. It is home to London’s longest running, truly independent arts venue providing space for underground & avant-garde media, started by Roger Burton in 1993. Its first exhibition was called ‘Vive le Punk’ & featured archive Vivienne & Malcolm clothing & to which both Vivienne & Malcolm attended. A documentary film of the same name was made at the time & featured the two themselves in their last & also probably their only joint interview together.
Well this won’t be happening again. By the time the developers have finished I don’t know where these kinds of events will take place.
Have a look at the Horse Hospital’s website on http://www.thehorsehospital.com/ & check out their ‘Call to Arms’ on http://www.thehorsehospital.com/horse-hospital-to-be-sold/ .
Maybe there is something that we can do to help them…. & again, help our future & our children’s future.