After 18 months at Robert Street, the temporary lease expired and
the Co-op decided to look for its own location.
After 4 years of activity, the LFMC was able to establish its first dedicated base in a former dairy at 13a Prince of Wales Crescent in Kentish Town.
Part of the dilapidated building was already occupied by Space, providers of low-cost artists' studios, but the Co-op was given the entire first floor for its cinema, workshop and distribution office. Renovations on the building, which by no means made it a comfortable place to work or visit, took 9 months. The LFMC remained in these premises from 1971-75.
The Co-op always had a precarious financial situation as its survival continued through a series of run-down buildings. The struggle doubtless informed the hardline, rigorous nature of the work produced during this time, which many regard as its seminal era.
See Still Life with Pear (Mike Dunford) Footsteps (Marilyn Halford) Window Box (Roger Hammond)