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Old Kent Road Arts Club

Funded on Spacehive 10 May 2021

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Old Kent Road Arts Club

F.A.T. studio By F.A.T. studio

Help transform an empty shopfront on Old Kent Road into a free arts club that brings together local people and strengthens cultural and creative presence in the area – as it faces major change.

Southwark Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 10 May 2021!

Old Kent Road (OKR) Arts Club will be a highly visible, community-led creative hub that energises an industrial stretch of the high street. Let's transform an empty shopfront into a space that celebrates life on Old Kent Road! The three pillars of OKR Arts Club have been shaped by local voices and respond to the Covid-19 crisis: Sustainability, Community and Mental Health. These themes will be embedded in all our work. OKR Arts Club will run: – Open access sessions for adults, exploring sustainable making (with special workshops and monthly socials!) – An art club for young people – creating space for a new generation of artists – A professional development programme that supports local creatives to run public workshops We'll celebrate everyone involved with our road-side window gallery, annual exhibition and publication. *We will continue to be guided by safety considerations. In the event of needing to reschedule activities, we will communicate this via our Spacehive page*

What we'll deliver:

  • The completed transformation of an empty shop front on the Old Kent Road into a welcoming well-equipped arts club
  • The installation of a street level window gallery
  • The refurbishment of key studio equipment
  • Essential new studio furniture
  • The first 12 months of a free weekly Art Club for adults
  • The first 12 months of a free fortnightly Young Art Club for under 18s
  • The first 12 months of the Professional Development Programme for local creatives, with paid workshop opportunities
  • Monthly socials with a community dinner
  • An annual exhibition and art sale
  • A legacy publication / commission

Why it's a great idea:

OKR Arts Club will be a creative community hub benefitting and welcoming all people who live, work and travel through the Old Kent Road area. Our free Art Club will be a space for adults to explore their creativity, meet new people and exchange sustainable making skills. Our free Young Art Club will be for local young people to expand their creative horizons, make new friends, and learn diverse making techniques. Our Professional Development Programme will benefit local creatives looking to gain income and develop their social practice in a supportive environment, alongside volunteers and collaborators. Everybody who passes through this busy high street will benefit from this project, by seeing work made by local people showcased in our gallery, in an area which currently has little visible creative presence. Our annual exhibition and legacy publication will bring people together to celebrate and document our community’s voices at a time when the area is facing major redevelopment.

Steps to get it done:

  • Building work to transform vacant shop front into community arts space
  • Building work to transform street-level windows into a gallery
  • Refurbish studio equipment, purchase new essentials
  • Call out for workshop leaders, volunteers, trustees and collaborators
  • Establish Professional Development Program
  • Opening Night
  • Begin the regular Art Club and Young Art Club
  • First monthly social
  • Ongoing community consultation + project review
  • Regular Art Club, Young Art Club, Monthly Special Events and Socials
  • Legacy Project Launch
  • Annual Exhibition, art sale and raffle
  • Project review

Encouraging survey results: Out of the 198 people (of all ages) who responded to our local area survey 97% wanted a new arts club on Old Kent Road. “An initiative like this would help to strengthen community bonds and act as space for fostering creativity in people that might not have another outlet such as this” 89% of the local creatives that filled in the survey said they'd like to run a workshop and receive support from our Professional Development Programme. "I’ve been wanting to run workshops for years but lack of experience and confidence has stopped me." The local councillors seemed positive too: "I believe that it is vital that members of the local community have access to [OKR regeneration] new employment opportunities and that this project has a role to play in developing the skills needed to make that a reality." Councillor R.Livingstone, Labour councillor for Old Kent Road ward.


Location Southwark

About the space

Currently dominated by the road. Busy due to Lidl and Recylcing centre. 1 bar. A petrol station. OKR Arts Club would sit right at the heart, at the front of the new Arebyte Studio block, inside an empty furniture warehouse. A site facing big change in 10 years. Arts Club would bring a whole new atmopshere.


London Borough of Southwark

How will the money be spent?Total £37,978

Project Manager / Professional Development Programme Leader - £9,152 (24%)
Art Club Leaders / Socials Manager - £7,150 (19%)
Opportunities for local creatives - £4,330 (11%)
Ground rent (utilities inc.) - £4,200 (11%)
Young Art Club Leader - £3,432 (9%)
Essential furniture and key equipment - £2,670 (7%)
Key building work and windows display - £1,496 (4%)
Studio materials - £1,260 (3%)
3% Contingency - £1,083 (3%)
Annual exhibition space hire, set-up and security - £1,050 (3%)
Other - £2,155 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Project Manager / Professional Development Programme Leader
Art Club Leaders / Socials Manager
Opportunities for local creatives
Ground rent (utilities inc.)
Young Art Club Leader
Essential furniture and key equipment
Key building work and windows display
Studio materials
3% Contingency
Annual exhibition space hire, set-up and security
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Opening night set-up
  • Public Liability and Employee Insurance
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • OKR Arts Club Public Programme Internship
  • Publication printing
  • Exhibitions and related events

Total £37,978

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