Just down the street from St Mary of Eton is Hackney Wick’s old public bathhouse – a stunning example of 1930s art deco, the building is now home to The Old Baths CRE8 Centre and to Cult Mountain, a new retail and gallery space established by fashion designer Britt Foe and artist and animator Niki Gibbs.
It’s fair to say that the baths have had a fairly chequered recent history – established in the 1930s as a public bathhouse for local residents, the building was eventually transformed into a community centre but this closed in 2009. Due to the determination and hard work of several artists, plus a few miracles, the space has now reopened with three floors of gallery and studio space, as well as a garden and cafe. Opened to great fanfare on 21 July 2012, it is CRE8 and Cult Mountain’s goal to make sure that this amazing building cements its place on the Hackney Wick arts scene by accommodating world-class artists and putting on ground-breaking shows and gallery exhibitions.
You can see the Old Baths CRE8 Centre and Cult Mountain Facebook pages for more information. The next exhibition in the building will be Nicolas Laborie’s ‘Mindfulness’, a photographic exploration of meditation which runs from 14 to 22 September.