The Albany aims to provide:
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.
Based in the heart of Deptford, the Albany is a performing arts centre with a history stretching back to the nineteenth century. Over the last few years, we have emerged as a new type of arts venue, very much driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. Involving people, through participation and partnerships, is central to our work and is essential to the delivery of our vision.
During the last year over 180,000 people visited the Albany and used our facilities, including audiences of over 40,000 for more than 400 events. The Albany has four performance spaces, including its unique central performance space, with a capacity of 300 seated and 500 for standing events. Our programme encompasses a range of music, theatre and spoken word, as well as an array of participatory projects. Our other facilities include a café bar, rehearsal and meeting rooms for hire, and office space.
The Albany is re-establishing itself as a significant London arts venue, building on our reputation as a home and seeding ground for creative development in the performing arts. We are a social enterprise, earning over 50% of our own income and we are grateful for the support of the London Borough of Lewisham and Arts Council England.
Resident at the Albany are twenty four companies – including the internationally renowned Heart n Soul who work with artists with learning disabilities, Apples & Snakes, the UK’s leading performance poetry organisation and a number of other arts and community organisations including Entelechy Arts, The Independent Theatre Council, Stonecrabs Theatre Company, Yellow Earth, Kali Theatre, Lewisham Education Arts Network, Montage Theatre Arts and Headway. See Resident Companies for more information.
Pioneering Partnerships: Canada Water Theatre & Deptford Lounge
In 2011 we announced two pioneering partnerships with Lewisham and Southwark Councils extending our mission of contributing to the cultural, social and economic benefit of South East London.
We have been awarded the contracts to manage both the Theatre and Meeting Rooms at Southwark Council’s new ‘super’ library in Canada Water and the Deptford Lounge, Lewisham Council’s new award-winning building complex and civic space in the heart of Deptford.
At a time when the arts sector is seeking to broaden and diversify its funding base, these new partnerships represent an innovative business model for the Albany and further cement our position as a visionary arts and social enterprise at the heart of our local communities.
Canada Water Library opened on 28 November 2011. Working in partnership with Southwark Council, we are responsible for managing the 150-seat Theatre, presenting a programme of theatre, music, dance, comedy, live literature and community events as well as managing a suite of six high-tech meeting rooms and learning spaces available for hire.
Deptford Lounge opened in January 2012 as a hub for community activity hosting learning, cultural, leisure and community services within one venue. Working in partnership with Lewisham Council, the Albany is managing the initial contract that oversees setting up and running the facility, developing a programme of events and activities with partners and ensuring wide community use of the building.
Facilities at Deptford Lounge include a library, Tidemill primary school, sports and leisure facilities, health and wellbeing services, community spaces including the outdoor performance space of Giffin Square, meeting rooms including seven flexible training rooms and two ICT rooms, adult education provision, Council Access Point and a cafe.
The Albany is proud to be an ecovenue, endeavouring to continually improve our performance and minimise the impact of our activities on the environment.
Future Building Development
The Albany is exploring a programme of investment in and development of our site. Through the development masterplan, we aim to maximise the Albany’s potential as an outstanding resource of benefit to all in Deptford, and beyond. We are currently developing our own vision for the site and talking to potential partners who will work with us to ensure our aspirations are met. We will provide a more detailed outline of our plans prior to full public and stakeholder consultation in due course. The Albany will not close during re-development, which will be phased over five years. We hope to begin work in 2017.
Registered charity as THE ALBANY 2001 COMPANY charity number: 1112521