Sir Hubert von Herkomer: Queen’s Crescent Children’s arts charity in search for new home

Children who have been working with the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Foundation. Picture: Sir Hubert von

Children who have been working with the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Foundation. Picture: Sir Hubert von Herkomer Foundation / Debbi Clark - Credit: Archant

A Camden children’s charity that has been commended this summer for its arts outreach work is desperately searching for a new home,

The Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation has been operating all summer from a empty unit on Queen’s Crescent, but as Camden is set to let the property commercially, they are now homeless and “on pause”.

Camden Council and Cllr Jenny Mulholland are working to help the charity find a new base for its programme of arts activities, but its founder Debbi Clark has also appealed for members of the public to help, particularly if they have space they can donate.

Debbi told the Ham&High: “We met Cllr Mulholland and she is trying to find us another space. The council is looking but at the moment we will have to be on pause.

“We can’t afford to pay for a commercial rent and that’s been desperately sad. Lots of the children we’ve worked with have been devastated to find out we’re going away.”

Debbi will still be keeping the spirit of Sir Hubert von Herkomer alive.

She added: “We’ll be working with a couple of the local schools to run after-school sessions, but not having a base really limits things. It’s such a shame, we’ve done so much with the children over the summer.”

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Cllr Mulholland told this newspaper: “I wanted to help Debbi and the Foundation when I saw what an impact they’d had in Gospel Oak this summer.

“I love the Queen’s Crescent graffiti art they’ve done, it’s given the place and our young people a real sense of identity.

“I’ve been putting Debbi in touch with other local groups and I’m confident we can find them a new home in Gospel Oak so they can keep doing their great work here.

“This is something that all the local councillors are keen to see.”

Over the summer the charity has been working with young people in the Queen’s Crescent area, and it even won funding from the Mayor of London’s new £1million Culture Seeds fund.

Camden confirmed it is working to help the charity going forward.

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