About

Gnome House is used for exhibitions, performances, workshops, rehearsals and many other events and activities

What is Gnome House?
Gnome House is a community arts space in Walthamstow, East London. It includes a printmaking studio, a large community/creative space available for hire and a pop-up cafe.

The community/creative space is able to accommodate performances, rehearsals, workshops, exhibitions and meetings. For more info about booking Gnome House click here

Gnome House is home to Inky Cuttlefish printmaking studios which is used for art classes and workshops – and where artists can use on an ‘open-access’ basis

When did Gnome House open?
Gnome House opened in May 2015 and is used every day by community groups, local business and schools.

Gnome House was officially opened in May 2015. The ribbon was cut by Isabella on behalf of the children of Waltham Forest
The Gnome House youth group is called ‘The Ratpack’ and is run by youth workers Lauren and Chissola. The Ratpack meets on Saturdays

What is ‘The Ratpack?’

The Ratpack is the name for the Gnome House youth group. The Ratpack meet on Saturdays to take part in a variety of different creative activities from printmaking to gardening. The young people also act as a steering committee, helping to shape the future vision for Gnome House and decide what kind of place they would like it to be.

What type of organisation runs Gnome House?

Gnome House is run by Gnome House Community Interest Company (CIC.) A CIC is a type of social enterprise that wants to use its profits and assets for the public good.

The Gnome House Team

Office: the Gnome House office is open from 10am-2pm Monday to Thursday.

Melissa:  Virtual community centre and ‘Illuminated’
email:  ghvirtual@gnomehouse.org.uk

Jane:  Space bookings
email: bookings@gnomehouse.org.uk

Office and youth work:

Lauren:  Ratpack & space bookings
email:  bookings@gnomehouse.org.uk

Facilities support: Tom

Trainees:
Chissola: Digital content
Isabella:  Social media

How long was Gnome House derelict?
Gnome House was derelict for about 15 years. Prior to that it was home to lift manufacturers Hammond & Champness. If you’re interested in knowing more about Gnome House’s history from the 1930’a – 1990’s then local historian Bill Bayliss has an interesting piece of research here

Why is Gnome House called Gnome House?

The building’s name derives from the famous ‘Gnome du Rhone’ engine, a pioneering radial engine that powered fighter planes during WW1. The Gnome engine was manufactured on the site 100 years ago. There is a very interesting article in the Waltham Forest Guardian about this aspect of Gnome House’s history here.

Is there studio space available for rent at Gnome House?

No, but Inky Cuttlefish Studios, run open access printmaking sessions in their space and you can find out more here: http://www.inkycuttlefish.com/