Did you know? Pullens Yards
Just around the corner from Elephant & Castle tube station, in the heart of SE17, you will find Pullens Yards – unique 19th century residential workspaces still used to this day by creatives and artists.
The Pullens Estate was built by local builders James Pullen & Son during the late 19th century and originally comprised 650 flats, surrounding four yards. Today, 360 flats and three yards remain – Clements Yard, Iliffe Yard and Peacock Yard.
The Yards were purpose-built with craftspeople and small traders in mind and represent a Victorian example of life/work spaces. Originally, each workshop opened into one of two flats situated behind it.
Today, there is a diverse mix of talents and established arts and artisan businesses, ranging from potters and furniture designers to painters and architects – all contributors to the arts scene in the Southwark area.
As Elephant and Castle grows and changes, Pullens Yards believes it is essential that ‘creative hubs’ that have grown organically are nurtured and protected.
Throughout the year, Pullens Yard hosts Open Studios allowing anyone to come along to get a sense of the diverse range of work going on. The next event takes place in June 2019. For stories and portfolios of each artist, visit: pullensopen.org
Keep an eye out on ElephantPark.co.uk for our ‘Tales of Elephant and Castle’ video series, where we interview people who work in the area.
One such interview was with Daniel Reynolds, whose art studio sits in the Pullens Yards and produces sculptures, paintings and clay work.