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Lord "Have-a-lot"

Who is actually "Lord Havelock", the sculptor Jeff Lowe.

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Havelock Walk, Lewisham
Image: LiveWork Network

Over 25 years, Jeff Lowe has bought and sold warehouses on Havelock Walk, to create a community of artists and a live/work enclave in London. Lowe says:

“Everyone knows everyone else; we have open studios at least twice a year; children have grown up here. Elizabeth down the street is a single mother and an artist but she wouldn’t be able to work if she didn’t have a live/work unit where she can paint and keep an eye on the kids at the same time.”

At his home/sculpture studio Lowe integrated found materials:

The ground floor is given over to an office and exhibition space in which nearly every fixture and fitting is an item of interest. The entrance gates came from the City of London, iron columns are from Smithfield Market, a beautiful Victorian staircase, bought as scrap, leads up to the mezzanine library. . ."

Those are wonderful finds. More wonderfully, Lowe made the creation of a community work financially. He and his wife are moving on, but the community remains.

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