Stockwell Studios: a future venue for your group


The Studios have provided a community arts space for hire for groups and workshops at reasonable rates. Past regular workshops / events have included:

Capoeira for children
Painting classes
Avalon in London
The Singing Group
Tango classes
Improv workshops
Art exhibitions
Queer Spirit Circle

Details to follow soon. Watch this space or email us at

Annie McCall Arts Centre

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CINE SINE: #2 The Puppetmaster

Fine Arts In the Wild
The secret garden show at Stockwell Studios, sw4 6qu

Live Music by:
Colin Min Sai
The Turtle and the Duck wish you Luck, Introducing the Squid, embracing the Bear
Columbus & Crusoe
P.J.Inkpen & E.J Barraclough present: HULA LOOPS

Artworks by:
Noi Fuhrer
Aaron Tan Shing Loong
Sara Nunes Fernandes
Naama Yuria
Jack Barraclough

A very special screening of:
“The Puppetmaster” in an outdoor cinema (bring a blanket). Followed with a discussion led by Marco Donadon

CINE SINE: #1 The Goddess

The first in a series of screenings at Stockwell Studios brought to you by the curating team/wedding visionaries “Eternal Tango”

No. 1 : “The Goddess” – Introduced by Marco Donadon. Live accompaniment by Halo Halo.

Straight outta the golden age, The Goddess is a 1934 Chinese silent film released by the United Photography Service. It starred Ruan Lingyu in one of her final roles, and was directed by Wu Yonggang.

There will be food and drinks, all donations going to the studios.

Time: April 6, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
Organized By: Eternal Tango

Many hands make light work for Stockwell Studios!

A team from Lloyds Banking Group joined Art4Space and Stockwell Studios members to help transform artists’ studios. The day saw the wonderful building getting a lick of paint inside and outside to help brighten it up. Local residents and volunteers also pitched in to help with the makeover. It is the kind of event that Lambeth Council will want to encourage in the future with its vision to become a Cooperative Council. Stockwell Studios have proved that with support and help we can push forward with our own plans to improve local facilities. That is why the commitment of groups like Lloyds Banking Group and local people are so important, we were able to support this and enable volunteers to get involved to make the kind of difference to their community they want to change.

Thanks to Lloyds Banking Group!

International Women’s Day Centenary 2011

Resident artist Munirah Olton is taking part in Inspirations, a group show by 7 Women Artists featuring, paintings, mosaics, photography, textile art and some of the personally inspirational words, poems, stories & songs, by or about Women, that have empowered each artist to connect with and creatively express her individuality. With artists: Dionne Ible, Melanie LaRocque, Carol John, Paulette Robinson,Mary Osinibi Soheila Keyani, Munirah Olton

Putney Library, 5–7 Disreali Road, Putney, London, SW15 2DW Open: Mon – Fri 9–8pm, Sat 9–5pm, Sun 1pm–5pm /

Private view: 6–8pm Thurs 10th March 2011
Free entry but booking advised: 020 8871 7090

Outreach 2010

Introduction to block printing and making print blocks from recycled materials. The project was inspired by the William Morris and Indian Textile Designs, both collections housed at the V&A Museum. Two local church groups, Friday Club at St Anne’s All Saints and Springfield Community Health Centre Older Peoples Group, participated in May Anderson’s projects in the Spring and Summer of 2010.

Our bees win a prize!

The bees introduced to Stockwell Studios in the spring found the garden such an abundant and fruitful home that they produced a superb crop of honey which won the second prize for the Quality Class in the Greater London area at the National Honey Show.

Julian Lush from London Beekeepers Association.

Garden is Open: extended hours

Garden Stockwell Studios

Our Stockwell Studios Community Garden is open
Tuesdays 12 – 5pm.

Lambeth Wide Open

Sat 27 – Sun 28 November 12-6pm
Lambeth artists open their doors. See the studios – meet the artists- enjoy art.

Stockwell Festival and Expo 2010

An estimated 2500 people visited this event in Larkhall Park on Saturday 25th September. Art4Space ran a participatory workshop creating a sculptural giant birthday cake called ‘A Wish for Stockwell’ to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary. 120 candles and trimmings made by children decorated the cake, which was later taken on parade around the park. Stockwell Studios’ stand had documentation and information. Members Sara and Jack were on hand for any questions. We gained awareness and support for the studios. Thanks for your visit. Stockwell Studios would also like to thank the Elevate volunteers who painted all the colourful signs for the event.

Garden Beekeeping and Work Day

Two bee keepers with the aid of a smoke machine which encourages bees to return to the hive and be productive, also the smoke calms them down. The bee keepers wearing protective clothing were from Yugoslavia, father and daughter who are in the business of producing honey in Yugoslavia.

Ernst & Young work day with all hands to the deck to clear the walled garden… What we found was a beuatiful red bricked Georgian wall, which Neel is busy repairing, also we are reyclying earth, wood, and found bricks and stones which Neel is using to lay a gentle meandering pathway around the pond area in the main garden. Raised beds and boxes were made by the Ernst & Young volunteers and have provided good quality soil for planting herbs. Still lots of work to be done and thanks to Adolpho who has been dutifully manning the gardens on Tuesday Open days.

Save Stockwell Studios

Stockwell Studios is on the brink of being evicted. It has been on its current site for 22 years. Lambeth Council want to seal off the old Annie McCall Hospital building but have no alternative plans for the site.

archive photo of Annie McCall Hospital

Please help us save our artist run studios, its unique building and green space by signing this petition now.

Stockwell studios have 6 weeks to save the building and remain on site! We welcome messages of support, ideas and expressions of interest as development partners.

Stockwell Studios have learned that the studio supported regeneration scheme for the site has fallen through after eight long years in development.

The studios are again eager to find new partners who will help us develop the site’s potential for the future; to realise a fresh and innovative scheme to secure and protect this essential arts hub, wildlife garden and community arts space in the centre of Stockwell. Stockwell Studios aims to run high quality creative arts programmes, ambitious public programme of exhibitions, residencies, live events, etc at a local, national and international level. Stockwell Studios are committed to widening access to contemporary practice and will run an innovative and wide reaching education programme producing artist-led projects and activities for schools and diverse communities within the local area. Art4Space will use the community space and gardens to run outreach programmes for local school groups and residents.


We have detailed immediate plans to sustain and improve the building. We do all this in the face of mounting pressure from Lambeth Council to vacate the site. We are engaged in ongoing talks with the Council regarding our proposals to continue as custodians, while a new development partner and scheme is found, and a future for the site is created, rather than leave the building empty and vulnerable.

The studios passionately believe that remaining as on-site custodians is the surest way to continue to provide local artists and community arts workers with sustainable work spaces, maintain grassroots outreach activities in the local community and ensure the area receives the much needed, long awaited cultural hub it deserves. By remaining we will be able to ensure future development plans reflect the spirit of regeneration we and our many supporters and user groups in the community have long been committed to seeing come to fruition. Ultimately adding to the wellbeing of the local community.

You can also join our mailing list, by sending us an email, or find us on facebook.

Big Draw 2009

Following a successful Big Draw project over October half term week, the film ‘A Sense of Place’ was launched at the Stockwell Resource Centre on 7th November. Led by artist Teresa Paiva, the project was a collaboration between Artery Arts Project and Stockwell Studios artists and the many local young people who attended the art sessions. Using drawing, photography and film, young people were encouraged to express their dynamics with the surrounding green spaces and local parks to create a short film. Special thanks to filmmaker Claudia Tomaz, Andrea Alves (Artery Arts) and Stockwell Studios artists Eli Seath and May Anderson for their contribution during sessions with local young people, to Julie Sullock (Stockwell Studios) for her assistance during the screening, to all the young artist collaborators, to Stockwell Resource Centre and Grass Roots Community Fund for their support.
Watch the film here.

Lambeth Open 2009

Stockwell Studios will be participating in the Lambeth Open 2009, a borough wide open showcase for creative talent. A range of works by Stockwell Studios resident artists will be exhibited in the Flexi Space on 3rd and 4th of October 11.00am to 6.00pm. Please visit the Lambeth Open website for more information and full listings including a map.

Stockwell Festival 2009

Hundreds of visitors came to our stand for the Larkhall Park event, Stockwell festival on the 26th September 2009. We had documentation and information on display and the artists officially launched FOSS (Friends of Stockwel Studios) by making badges with our new badge making machine! Art4Space ran a participatory workshop for young people creating a Peace Tree to celebrate the end of Lambeth’s Peace month. The Tree is now on show at the Springfield Community and Health Centre on Union Road for a few weeks. It has profound messages about ‘Peace’ by the young people. Thanks for your visit and support.

Stockwell Studios Garden

Water loving wildlife is set to thrive at the studios thanks to a new pond. The latest addition to the community garden has been designed by Neel Bakhle as a haven for creatures that either live in or near water. It is hoped that the pond will become home to dozens of species. The pond has been created with the help from Ernst and Young and Southwark Volunteer Centre ‘Involve’. The next phase for the garden development will include further habitat towers, bird boxes, planting and a resident bee keeper. A recent addition are two huge fibreglass frog sculptures sited around the pond area created by QVC as part of Art4Space volunteer programme in partnership with WildinArt, promoting creativity, conservation and citizenship. Stockwell Studios have pledged to protect the garden with London Wildlife Trusts Campaign called ‘Garden for a Living London Campaign’ which aims to highlight the importance of London’s gardens to wildlife.
Julie Norburn from Art4Space who is managing the garden development said “The new pond adds another habitat to the garden making it great for wildlife and all to enjoy”.

Summer Exhibition 2009 Art4Space 10th Anniversary

Art4Space, Lambeth based community arts organisation has been bringing art into communities for 10 years, transforming dull playground walls into vibrant interactive mosaic and painted murals; reclaiming disused wasteland to create active community gardens and putting participatory creative projects into the public realm. The company is driven by three dynamic women and was initially formed as a direct response to the need for artwork in communities. With over 200 commissions in a range of school and community settings Art4Space pride themselves on their professional approach to project management believing this to be fundamental to the success of the business. With a £2000 business set-up grant from Princes Trust 10 years ago the women were able to form the company identity and put a cohesive marketing strategy together. With a lot of hard work and dedication Art4Space is now a robust not-for-profit organisation offering volunteer opportunities, advisory services and is an Arts Award centre. Art4Space specialise in mosaic using it to create vibrant textural surfaces for sculpture, seating, floors and walls for interior and exterior projects. We also work with communities to: decorate hoardings, re-landscape public parks and consult on new developments on behalf of clients. Our workshops aim to realise the creative potential in all participants and instil a sense of ownership and pride of the urban environment.
We look forward to a busy next 10 years! Please come and help us celebrate. We will be looking back over the past 10 years and exhibiting work, films and documentation at Stockwell Studios on the weekend of 12th, 13th and 14th June, 2009 in partnership with the Stockwell Studios exhibition. Thanks – Dan, Eli and Julie.

Fantastic community mural for Stockwell Studios

Nearly 200 local people of all ages came together to create this mural facilitated by Art4Space. Using re-cycled frames donated by the artists from Stockwell Studios to form a stunning collection of paintings and memory bricks. The title ‘Inside Out’ worked in two ways, bringing the art exhibition onto the streets and former Annie McCall maternity hospital as inspiration for our earliest memories which passes on heritage between generations.
Thanks especially to Lark Hall and Allen Edwards primary schools, Age Concern Art Class, Helen Omand who documented the project and produced a short film, Stockwell Studios artists, volunteers and Awards for All. October 2008. To watch a 10 minute film of the project follow this link. The film was also transmitted on the Community TV Channel on 11th May at 11.40am and 26th May at 11.15am, 2009.

Community Project Awards

Art4Space were finalists for Lambeth Business Awards and South London Press ‘Our Heroes’ Awards 2007/2008, and have been nominated again for 2008/2009. Art4Space has scooped first prize after trumping 100 other entries in a nationwide mosaic competition – British Association of Modern Mosaic 2008, sponsored by Topps Tiles. The mosaic was designed with St Bernadette School for the Weir Link Community Centre, SW12. Congratulations!