It’s official, we’re home. Lynsey Thompson and Andy Walmsley co-owners and co-founders of the Artistry House chart the path ahead.
We set up the Artistry House out of the desire to build a centre point for creativity and collaboration in the North West.
Lancashire can be perceived as parochial and we wanted to use the Artistry House to counteract that, bringing talented, creative people together and proving that great work can exist outside of the big cities. This building does just that - it gives us a place to own and an opportunity to explore our passions for art and interior design.
When looking at properties, the view onto Winckley Square was the immediate attraction here. Just being able to look out of your workspace onto the greenery of the park is fantastic. Also the period of the property and the collection of rooms allowed us to be creative in our approach to a working environment.
We’ve really enjoyed the project, even though the tight budget and running a full time business in the building throughout the renovations did prove challenging at times. That said, taking our time so that we could really get a feel it rather than rushing it through to a fixed deadline has definitely made it what it is.
Future plans are to branch out into products so that we can start to sell through the website. This may be things we’ve designed ourselves or from collaborators who work with us.
We’d also really love people to use the space; for workshops, meetings and collaborative projects so it becomes a hub for the creative community – it’s also a really great place for a party!