The Albany provides:
- An artistic and community resource where diversity and creativity flourish
- A space where new talent is nurtured and exposed to ideas from across the world
- High quality creative experiences relating to the communities we serve
- A creative centre for learning within the community, contributing to the cultural, social and economic benefit of South East London
We do this by:
Being a place for participation and activism
- We invite new ways to get involved with the arts and culture and empower anyone to enjoy the benefits of creativity. We do this by shaping activity directly in response to the needs of our community including our award-winning Meet Me At… programme, youth programmes, artist development and even a gardening club. Our year-round programme of live shows and events include music, theatre, spoken word, and family performance from world-class artists and companies that are reflective of the diversity of Lewisham and our local area.
Bringing artists and communities together
- We give our community the opportunity to shape what they see here and are re-imagining how an arts centre should operate. By giving greater control and decision-making over to local people with intiatives such as Pizza & Pitches, the Here and Now Project, and Artists of Change, we are expanding ways in which local people can engage with the arts and culture as part of their daily lives.
Developing community hubs
- Whether popping in for a coffee, meeting or performance, everyone is welcome. Our building is open year-round, from first thing in the morning to late in the evening almost every day of the year. As well as our four unique performance spaces, we’re home to a number of organisations and businesses working locally and nationally. We also work closely with Lewisham Council to manage the Deptford Lounge which includes a library, galleries, and a range of community facilities shared with Tidemill School. On behalf of Southwark Council, the Albany manages and programmes the Canada Water Theatre.
- We collaborate with lots of different partners locally, nationally and internationally to deliver on our mission. These include local authorities, libraries and housing associations as well as arts organisations, companies and artists. We lead and host the Family Arts Campaign to raise family engagement with arts and culture and we are home to Fun Palaces – an ongoing campaign for cultural democracy. We are also co-founders of Future Arts Centres, a national network advocating for the importance of arts centres.
We’ve won numerous awards for our work and we’re a registered charity and social enterprise earning 60% of our own income which we reinvest in our programmes. We are thankful and proud to be core funded by Arts Council England and Lewisham Council.
Find out more about how you can support our work.
Top image from tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal’s Ugly Duckling. Photo Brian Slater.