Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 March 2018


This week we spoke to Valentines Mansion artist Jason Rose, who has opened a new exhibition called Music for the Eyes

What is your connection with the borough?

I have my studio in Valentines Mansion, in Valentines Park, Ilford. I also teach art at the Redbridge Institute, in Gaysham Avenue, and my partner lives in Clayhall.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

I love Valentines Mansion especially because the park is such a beautiful environment to work in. To be surrounded by Valentines Park, it is just a very inspirational and relaxing environment.

I am also connected to Redbridge Music Lounge, which is a great, creative part of the borough.

What one thing would you change?

My partner and I often talk about how there is a lot of violence at the moment. It would be good to reduce the crime levels, especially around Ilford.

And maybe also to try and compete more with areas such as Walthamstow for creative areas such as museums and art. There is a lot of stuff going on but it would be nice to create more of that.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Vibrant. Multicultural. Creative

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

For me the most inspirational person is John Lennon.

I know he is not connected to the borough. But he is one of my heroes in terms of music and in terms of social issues. He is the main person I look up to.

What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?

I would pour more money into the arts definitely. At the moment it relies very heavily on individual people, namely headteachers, driving the arts. But it should be much more part of the curriculum. I would definitely pour more money into art, music drama and art tuition.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I guess I would focus a lot on the arts and the creative life of Redbridge really. I would also probably focus on alternative health practices in relation to mind, body and spirit.

There is quite a lot of that going on in the borough and I am quite connected to that.

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