We work with thousands of people in Tower Hamlets and across London, and have run hundreds of projects in over 20 years of existence. These range from large-scale multiple-site art projects to local community skills initiatives and individual one-to-one support.
We design and deliver innovative art in community places, and we work with people to achieve their ambitions. On this page are just a few past and current projects.
Key past projects
A small selection of projects that have defined our history.
Outreach in communities
We have seen people grow and flourish in our long-term sustained activities for people of the Locksley Estate, Tower Hamlets, for over 15 years. It is an area of high deprivation and inequality, and we are proud to have such strong links with our local surroundings by:
- Working with children on our holiday playscheme to become creative and responsible older people
- Running an over-50’s sewing group that have had a regular place to meet and have created art commissions for Historic Royal Palaces, amongst others
- Reaching women at risk of social isolation and building confidence with our unique English for sewing classes
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Our new community driven childrenswear range Mini Stitches, available now at
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Creative Hub – we offer economically supportive self-contained studios and desk spaces to artists and cultural workers. Ideal for those starting out or with a bright social idea, we work with our residents on collaborative projects, or support with further funding opportunities.
Our social enterprise arm, FabricWorks, creates exquisite textils commissions, whilst providing training and routes to employment for long-term unemployed women.
East London Genes & Health – we are engaging with South Asian communities to explore and further understanding of scientific research through our creative projects, working with Queen Mary University’s genomic research centre, and Social Action for Health. A cell embroidery (pictured), is and example of one of the ways we have explored the subject.
Stepney City Farm Studio – part open-access workspace, place for classes, and part shop. A valuable place for outreach, and a great tranquil place for project work with the diverse local community. Check classes on our Classes & Workshops page.
The Mercers’ Map – Taking inspiration from an old map of Mercers’ land around Stepney, our over 50s sewing group are leading a project to create a new historical document. It will work with young people and the Bangladeshi community to share skills and learn new ones, and result in a landmark tapestry expected to be complete in August 2017
Taking The Stage – we have been working this year with the Drama department at Queen Mary University on a programme to widen participation with the surrounding communities. A host of local young people explored performance and costume, having access to university performance spaces.