Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Evening Standard journalist Kip Heren stopped by to talk with JR regarding the eviction notice from local housing association group, Poplar HARCA, who are redeveloping the Pepper St Studio site into a new housing and office complex.
(picture taken by Ramone Roberts)
Neighbouring tenants, Lisa Stepanovic (Social Ark) and Quran (The Community of Refugees from Vietnam) also shared their concerns for the future of community projects in London.
While there is no denying that the majority of those affected by gentrification in London are from low income families, most of whom are from ethnic backgrounds, the issues of gentrification aren't always black and white.
It's plain to see, however, that the flavours and culture that Londoners have the privilege of enjoying, undoubtedly, would not exist were it not for the generations of migrants who brought such vibrant colours to the grey skies of England.
Sirlute moved to Redbox at the beginning of March, before being forced to close due to COVID-19. Reopening the studio with a young team of trainees in June, Sirlute began to facilitate free studio services to young aspiring artists.