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Arts team

Inside Dilston Grove, showing a projection from Sammy Baloji's Memoire.

About us


The arts service has a strategic role in the development of culture in Southwark. It advocates for the value of the arts and creative industries, internally and externally, to enable the cultural sector in Southwark to thrive. It offers expertise and guidance on a range of specialist areas, including project and business development, fundraising, premises for cultural use, brokering partnerships, networking, commissioning and public art.

Cultural strategy

The strategy was approved by the cabinet on Tuesday 16 July 2013, and you can download the document here.

Grants programme 2016-17 

We work and support a range of creative organisations in Southwark that provide artistic services to the borough and its residents: 

  1. The Blue Elephant theatre produces an eclectic programme of new work across the performing arts from physical and dance theatre to new writing and revamped classics.
  2. CGP London offers two distinctive venues within Southwark Park, The Gallery and Dilston Grove, providing emerging artists with exhibition opportunities through an annual open exhibition submission, as well specially curated events and exhibitions.
  3. Hotel Elephant provides space for local emerging artists, through affordable studio space, exhibition space, shop front displays for designer makers, including the programming of large scale cultural events, and educational workshops. 
  4. Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a "unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge" (BBC Radio2). Kinetika Bloco draws our influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, New Orleans jazz, Funk and Hip Hop. Their members create the work with a team of professional tutors and help to lead the organization.
  5. The London Bubble Theatre Company's mission is to provide artistic direction, skills, environment and resources to create inspirational, inclusive, involving theatre, which shares stories that animate the spaces of the city and the spirits of its citizens.
  6. South London Gallery (SLG) is a contemporary gallery situated in Camberwell, among a hub of creative venues and activity. The gallery programmes exhibitions from established international artists, as well as offering education programmes, and local community projects.
  7. Theatre Peckham's work encourages, supports, and nurtures children and young people to discover the magic of theatre, and to develop their potential as young audiences, artists and theatre professionals of tomorrow.

Lambeth and Southwark Dance Network

The Lambeth and Southwark Dance Network is a collaborative project between Lambeth and Southwark, and a creative network for dancers, dance groups and organisations, helping them to facilitate the exchange of ideas and resources.

Canada Water Culture space

Canada Water Library offers a modern approach to the library experience. One unique feature to the library is the 150 seat culture space, equipped with professional lighting, sound and projection. The space lends itself to a range of performance based events, seminars and conferences, and can cater to most medium scale events and productions.

The Canada Water Culture Space is managed by The Albany, who are contracted to coordinate and deliver a range of events within the space.

Arts and Culture e-newsletter

On a monthly to bi-monthly basis the arts team circulates news and opportunities from services across the council, specifically for the arts and creative sector. Sign up to receive the Southwark Arts and Culture e-newsletter here.

You can also download the current and previous month's e-newsletter here.

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Email: Southwark arts team
Twitter: @SouthwarkEvents
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PO BOX 64529
London SE1P 5LX

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