Update on the Save Cork Street Campaign

Good evening all. The following blog entry may be of particular interest to artists and art followers working or visiting London. The following is an update from the Save Cork Street Campaign I reported on a few months ago.

‘As many of you have asked us about recent developments in the Cork Street matter, we thought it was time to send you a short update.

The developers, Ten Acre (Mayfair)/ Native Land, are doing exactly what they threatened to do when they first became aware of the opposition to their plans on Cork Street – using their virtually unlimited foreign funds, they are burying the galleries in legal costs, hoping that the latter will give up the fight. This has worked in as much as a number of galleries have been economically forced to give in and sign over their rights that would otherwise be guaranteed by the Tenant Act. There are currently three galleries (and a nightclub on Old Burlington Street, the other side of the planned development) left in the fight.

The galleries have made objections to the proposed plan in order to enforce their rights under the Tenant Act. In response, among other things, Ten Acre (Mayfair)/ Native Land demanded specific disclosure (they were not satisfied with what was disclosed under standard disclosure) from Alpha Gallery, Mayor Gallery, Stoppenbach & Delestre Gallery, and the Embassy night club at 29 Old Burlington Street, in the process threatening to seek exorbitant costs from the galleries. Each gallery has been forced to spend tens of thousands of pounds for solicitors’ and barristers’ fees in preparation for the court case. Most recently, Native Land is attempting to force a confidentiality agreement and suppress the galleries from freedom of speech.

Across the street, Pollen Estate was recently given approval for their development (that affects 5-9 Cork Street) by Westminster Council, under stringent guidelines to provide small galleries that would be displaced in their redevelopment. However, the Native Land proposal is completely different and intends to destruct the building they purchased from Standard Life (for 96 million) and build a residential building and is currently not guaranteeing the replacement of small galleries.

It would be a sad day to see Cork Street end up like areas in Paris and other cities that were once lively, vibrant and culturally interesting, but have now become dark with expensive apartments that are rarely frequented.

It appears to be another get-rich-quick scheme with foreign money and no long term interest in the community – as proven by the fact that, despite their having over 680,000 square feet of residential space, they are refusing to provide any affordable housing on site.

If you, like us, agree that this is an important issue, we urge you to contact Councillor Alastair Moss at amoss@westminster.gov.uk of City of Westminster Council and Paul Quayle at pquayle@westminster.gov.uk of City of Westminster Council Development Planning, referencing 13/01715/FULL and express your views on this matter.

Thank you for your ongoing support!’

Save Cork Street Campaign

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Support A Charity Through Buying Art

David Emmanuel Noel - Final-1Over the last few weeks I’ve been making a few revisions to my website. A selection of limited edition prints and cards are now available to purchase online through PayPal. 10% of any purchase price will be donated to the following UK or US registered charities. Keep an eye out as there may be one or two added shortly.

Charities in the United Kingdom

The ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust)

The ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) was founded in 1996 by Beverley De-Gale OBE and Orin Lewis OBE, parents of former leukaemia sufferer Daniel De-Gale. The charity raises awareness about leukaemia and related blood cancers/disorders and promotes bone marrow, blood and organ donation; especially among minority ethnic groups in the UK. ACLT offers practical and emotional support to patients and their families while recruiting potential lifesaving donors.

Kids Company

Kids Company was founded in 1996 providing practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.

Services reach 36,000 and intensively support 18,000 children across London, including the most deprived and at risk whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges. For many, the roles of adult and child are reversed and, despite profound love, both struggle to survive.

These exceptionally vulnerable children not only negotiate significant challenges in their family homes, they also face immense threat within their neighbourhoods. Often they are exposed to relentless violence, some are forced into working as drug couriers or prostitutes, and many experience chronic abuse.

Kids Company provides a safe, caring, family environment where support is tailored to the needs of each individual. The charities services and support empower children who have experienced enormous challenges to lead positive and fulfilling lives. Despite great difficulties, the children we work with are hugely courageous and embrace the support we offer.

In 2007 Kids Company was awarded the Liberty and JUSTICE Human Rights Award. In 2010 we were selected as a ‘Child Poverty Champion’ by the End Child Poverty project for our success in enabling children to achieve their full potential.

Stroke Association

The Stroke Association provides high quality, up-to-date stroke information for stroke patients, their families and carers. Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That’s one person every five minutes. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies. It is the country’s third biggest killer, kills more women than breast cancer and remains the single biggest cause for adult disability. Stroke changes lives. It can have a huge effect on you and your family. You will most likely want to know as much as you can about what practical, emotional and financial support is available.

Charities in the United States

CAMBA

Camba is a nonprofit organization that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life. CAMBA has responded to the needs of communities by creating individualized service-oriented programming since 1977. Today their programmes annually serve over 45,000 individuals and families—including 8,000 youth—in the following areas: Economic Development, Education and Youth Development, Family Support Services, HIV/AIDS Services, Housing Services and Development and Legal Services.

For further information please visit my online shop. Wishing you all well.

Supporting Comic Relief for Red Nose Day 2013

I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front whilst back in the studio. However, I will be sharing what I’ve been making with you shortly.
This week sees the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief’s ‘Red Nose Day’
Comic Relief is an operating British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia. The highlight of Comic Relief’s appeal is Red Nose Day, a biennial telethon held in March, alternating with sister project Sport Relief. Comic Relief is one of the two high profile telethon events held in the United Kingdom, the other being Children in Need, held annually in November. This weekend, I will be donating 20% of online sales from original artwork and limited edition prints to the cause. Please visit my online shop  for artwork and the official Comic Relief website for further info on the work of  the charity. Have a great weekend all!