Creating with community: Creative hubs to visit in London

Visit these creative centres and studios to enjoy the gifts of community and creativity!
by JK ABUAH Apr 19, 2022

As creatives, there is nothing like creating with and for your community. Through collaboration, creative projects can become more complex, insightful and impactful. Whether these be recording studios or community art studios, there is bursting creativity all over the capital. Creative hubs are great spaces to hone in on your creative practice and develop these skills in a community setting.  Many of these spaces are community-led and funded, so here, you’ll find new and exciting ways to give back to local initiatives. In this list, we have compiled some emerging and established creative hubs you should visit!

Brady Arts & Community Centre
Credit: Brady Arts Centre / Whitechapel Gallery

Brady Arts & Community Centre, 192-196, Hanbury St, London E1 5HU

The Brady Arts and Community Centre is a multi-purpose arts centre in the heart of London’s East End. The venue has flexible spaces available for hire and includes a well-equipped 100-seater studio theatre, halls for all kinds of events, an art gallery, art room, and the Brady Garden.

Credit: Art4Space

31 Jeffreys Rd, London SW4 6QU

“Art4Space is an award-winning not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) founded and run by professional artists with more than 20 years’ experience. We use art and creativity as a catalyst for change.”

Arts for All
Credit: Arts for All

The Tab Centre, Godfrey’s Place, Shoreditch London E2 7NT

“Arts For All is a highly creative charity serving the local communities of Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

We run structured weekly art therapy sessions to engage people of all ages from diverse cultures and background and those with special needs.”

Roundhouse Creative Studios
Credit: Design Week

Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8EH

“Underneath the Roundhouse, there’s a state-of-the-art creative centre for young people aged 13-25, open 7 days a week. The new state-of-the-art creative centre is an expansion to our current offer for young people, and will include three large rehearsal spaces for theatre makers and musicians, as well as a podcast studio, and a co-working space for 18-30 year olds – offering space and programmes to turn your creativity into a career.”

Stour Space
Credit: Stour Space / Whitechapel Gallery

 7 Roach Rd, Fish Island, London E3 2PA

“Stour Studios showcase and support local artists and creatives offering workspace and learning opportunities across two of London’s boroughs: Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
​We provide accessible, innovative and flexible workspace that can support the creative industries and helps generate sustainable business. To be beneficial to the local communities is a vital element of the Stour Studios ethos and buildings. Stour Space is a useful hub that can bring people together and create opportunities.”

The Bomb Factory Art Foundation
Credit: The Bomb Factory Art Foundation

 9-15 Elthorne Rd, Archway, London N19 4AJ

“The Bomb Factory is an exciting, dynamic arts hub based across two sites; Archway, North London and Chelsea, South West London. Holding high profile exhibitions and events, we also provide studio spaces and a supportive community for over 75 resident artists as well as wide-ranging education programmes for the local communities of North and South West London.”

Check out the GUAP Arts & Culture section, to discover new art, film, and creative individuals.