Piers Read, Managing Partner of Time + Space Co, the recently appointed arts operator for the Grade II* Listed Hornsey Town Hall, will be hosting ‘Meet the Arts Operator’ events in the Town Hall’s Council Chamber on Thursday 23 November at 19.30 and Saturday 25 November at 11.00.
The public events, which will be free but ticketed to ensure a safe footfall of people, will see Piers deliver a presentation showcasing his vision for the arts centre and how Town Hall space dedicated to it will be utilised. The events will also include a Q&A, so Piers can answer any questions people may have on the arts operation side of the proposed plans.
The London-based company will create a modern day, future proofed arts centre for Crouch End and its surrounding areas; a creative hub with space to host world class performances and events and a centre for people to work, socialise, relax and enjoy for many generations to come.
Piers, a Crouch Ender himself, has already secured partnerships with Jon Gilchrist, former Executive Director of the Bush Theatre in London, who brings a wealth of theatre experience and Musion, the world leading 3D holographic producer, who will base its HQ at the Hall. Piers is exploring partnerships with local arts organisations and is currently in discussions with ArtHouse Crouch End.
Since the announcement of its appointment in September, Time + Space has already met with ANA Art Projects, Crouch End Festival, The Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society, Neighbourhood Forum, Hornsey Town Hall Creative Trust, Crouch End Walks and Weston and Haringey Parks Residents’ Association to discuss how the arts centre can benefit them and plans going forward.
Supported by its partners, Time + Space Co. will oversee programming that will include world class theatre productions, comedy acts, gigs and concerts, community classes, private functions, co-working, private office, studio and meeting space.
Piers, commented: “As a member of the Crouch End community for eleven years now, I have experienced first-hand the value and importance of Hornsey Town Hall to the local and wider community. The ‘Meet the Arts Operator’ events will be a great opportunity for me to share our vision and ideas which I hope will make this iconic landmark even more of a beating heart of the community than it already is today.”
Available on a first-come, first-served basis, free tickets to both ‘Meet the Arts Operator’ events can be secured via Eventbrite and are available here for the 23 November and here for the 25 November.
Piers’ primary goal for the Town Hall is to ensure the arts offering support the requirements of the community. This will be underpinned by the Community Use Agreement put in place by FEC and Haringey Council, ensuring that Community Use Spaces shall be available for Community Use for at least 60% of the total Hours of Operation during any period of six months in a calendar year. A Steering Group will be set up six months prior to the Town Hall’s completion, to ensure this is implemented and Time + Space commits to a fair and variable pricing schedule that makes Hornsey Town Hall as accessible as possible to the people of Crouch End and Haringey.
Piers specialises in urban regeneration, with a focus on reviving and injecting new life into heritage buildings and spaces for creative and community purposes, with a two-fold benefit of bringing social and economic benefits to the local and wider community.
With a focus on arts, tech and digital, Piers champions the creative industries and has a proven track record of success with recent projects including The Custard Factory in Birmingham and The Hat District in Luton. Piers took Wimbledon TV & Film Studios from a standing start in 2010, turning it into London’s leading independent studios in the UK film and TV industry that it is today.