My new studio

Yesterday I went to see my new studio space in its completed form for the first time. Three days a week I’m going to be working at New Road Methodist Church, known as the Fishermen’s Chapel, in Leigh-on-Sea. I’ll be a kind of a ‘Resident Cartoonist’. There’s a lot I could say about it, but…

New Road Leigh-on-Sea - The Fishermen's Chapel

Yesterday I went to see my new studio space in its completed form for the first time. Three days a week I’m going to be working at New Road Methodist Church, known as the Fishermen’s Chapel, in Leigh-on-Sea. I’ll be a kind of a ‘Resident Cartoonist’.

There’s a lot I could say about it, but in summary: the church is reinventing itself a bit, and I’m getting involved by a) renting some space, and b) being on a steering group to consider the way forward. It is likely that, alongside church services, etc, the building will become more of an arts venue, used by people in the local community, churches, and others.

I need to say thank you to the people at the church, firstly for allowing me to use this space, but also for the hard work over the last few weeks transforming the room from a vestry into a studio / office space – there is a before and after photo by Juliet Kilpin here (larger size).

Here are some photos – descriptions under each one.

New Road Leigh-on-Sea - The Fishermen's Chapel
My desk. The walls aren’t quite as yellow in real life.

New Road Leigh-on-Sea - The Fishermen's Chapel
The view. That is the Thames Estuary, looking over to Kent.

New Road Leigh-on-Sea - The Fishermen's Chapel
The building. My room is in the upstairs corner – the windows either side of the blue cross.

New Road Leigh-on-Sea - The Fishermen's Chapel
I love this photo. The church is the building with the flat roof on the left. On the right is Old Leigh, with the Crooked Billet pub visible. Old Leigh has 4 or 5 pubs, tea shop, galleries, a tea shop, etc etc.

New Road Leigh-on-Sea - The Fishermen's Chapel
Plaque outside: ‘John Wesley founded the Society here on November 21st 1748’.

There are more photos in this Flickr set.

5 Comments

  1. It looks lovely and there is fantastic view – I hope you really enjoy being there. And do lots more cartoons!

  2. Looks as though the light will be good – hope that the view is not too distracting…

    May it be a great creative space for you – refreshing and enlivening!

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