Open studios

Open studios

21st-22nd September 2019

Explore artists studios, meet the artists, buy art at affordable prices or just have a look around. This year we’ll be also be running a children’s workshop, screening artists films, and our vegetarian and vegan café is back.
We are excited to be part of Open House London, and we’ll be running tours of the building and have materials from our archive on display.

Lewisham Arthouse supports artists and arts-based learning through creative workspace and specialist facilities. We run a varied exhibition and events programme of visual art and live performance. This echoes the original intentions of the Carnegie library building we occupy – to enrich communities by nurturing their creativity.

Saturday 21st 12 – 6pm
Sunday 22nd 12 – 6pm
Free entry
Step free access

Lewisham Arthouse
140 Lewisham Way
London SE14 6PD

Graduate award scheme

Graduate studio award call

Deadline: Sunday 22nd September 2019

Lewisham Arthouse is a 25 year old artist-run cooperative based in South East London. It houses an eclectic group of cultural practitioners whose work spans sculpture, painting, experimental sound, sculpture, set design, textile, social practice, printmaking, photography and beyond. Continuing our commitment to support emerging artists, we are very pleased to announce the 10th round of our Graduate Studio Award Scheme and invite all recent London-based (or those relocating) graduate visual artists to apply.

The award offers recent graduates a fantastic, free opportunity to continue developing their practice in a 200ft studio based within our artist-led cooperative. The scheme encourages the selected artist to utilise our facilities, participate in and draw on our lively community to produce and present new work. Towards the end of the scheme, the awardee will be invited to share the outcomes of the residency in a form of their choosing (past awardees have hosted events, presented exhibitions, symposium and even organised gigs).

We work to support artists, their audiences and wider communities; providing platforms and occasions for encounter, learning and making. The Arthouse provides artist studios, bookable space and specialist workshops, a programme of events and exhibitions as well as regularly contributing to local initiatives.

Click here to find out how to apply

For any queries contact
The Lewisham Arthouse 
140 Lewisham Way
SE14 6PD

Studio sublet available

Studio sublet available

Deadline to apply June 30th 2019, 6pm
from August 1st 2019

Studio B6 – 6month sublet 114 sq ft at £63.45 per month 

Studio B6 is in the basement, has natural light and a locking door
Deadline to apply: 30th  June 2019, 6pm. 
Shortlisted Applicants will be contacted for interview shortly after this date.
Interviews will be held: The week commencing 14th July

Lewisham Arthouse is pleased to announce that we have a new studio available for a 6 month sublet commencing from the 1st August. We are an artist run cooperative based in the old Deptford library on Lewisham way. Studio rent includes electricity, water, building insurance and service charges. Access to WiFi and an outdoor working area is also available. 

Besides paying rent studio members are required to contribute at least 5 hours work per month in support of Lewisham Arthouse. These work hours provide staffing for our Learning, Exhibition and Events programmes as well as the running of the building and keep both the studio rents and facilities affordable.  Roles are hands-on and include; working on the rolling program of exhibitions and events, fundraising, implementing education programmes, PR, health and safety and building maintenance. It’s a great way to gain professional skills and valuable experience of working within an active and friendly community organisation. Studio membership is allocated according to artistic consistency, the qualities a candidate can offer the working cooperative, a positive attitude and a commitment to be present in Lewisham Arthouse for a minimum amount of time each month. We are an equal opportunities group and will endeavor to meet each individuals needs as much as possible.

If you are your interesting in joining The Lewisham Arthouse Studio Cooperative please do send an application in. Below is the information that we require in the application. Please apply either over email to or by post to:
The Lewisham Arthouse 
FAO Allocations
140 Lewisham Way
SE14 6PD

Application procedure:
* A statement (no more than 500 words) outlining your practice and areas of interest and an indication of how you wish to use this opportunity
*A statement (no more than 350 words) highlighting what you could contribute and how the cooperative would work for you.
* Artists CV (no more than 2 sides of A4)
* Equal opportunities form – click to download here (word .doc)
* CD or files with up to ten images or for time-based work DVD (pieces or excerpts should be no longer than 5 minutes). If you are sending over email where possible please keep the files to a reasonable size. We will except whatever format is easiest for you to render the work in.
* Corresponding list of titles, media and dimensions should be included.
* Two details of references we can contact if your application is successful

Please note that due to the high number of applications we will not be contacting those who are not shortlisted and will be unable to offer feedback.  For the same reason we are also unable to organize viewings prior to the interview.

If you have any queries regarding your application please contact us at and we will respond as soon possible.

Please note that sublets are not members of Lewisham Arthouse and cannot be guaranteed a permanent studio.

Come and work with us

access and inclusion consultant

Deadline 2nd May 2019

Lewisham Arthouse is looking at ways in which to improve access and inclusion for all: for the artists that apply for studios here, for people attending events and taking part in workshops, and for the current members themselves. LAH is also seeking to further reflect and advocate for the interests of the local community as a space that centre on wellbeing.

We are currently seeking a consultant to support us in examining our existing internal processes and to help us identify the changes we need to make and the training we should acquire in order to embed accessibility & inclusivity in Lewisham Arthouse.

See the full job description here

Please email with a CV, expression of interest and short description of why you are right for the role.

Decolonising The Archive

Decolonise the archive

Recipients of the 2019 Project Space Residency

Decolonising The Archive(DTA) is the recipient of the Lewisham Arthouse 2019 Project Space Residency award. They will be curating and creating with a seasoning of artists, to cook up a social marinated response to the the history of migration in Lewisham and the legacy of the Windrush. Join us, in purposeful celebration of their 2019 Residency at Lewshiam Arthouse Project Space and travel through time on our Afro -futureship.

From 12th of April to the 5th May drop in to find out more about the project & contribute stories: Tues to Thurs 12pm – 4pm.

April 11th Opening Night 6pm to 9pm : DTA presents a world where Theatre, History, Archives, Art and Afro – Futurism meet for an isnpired Journey into The Windrush Time Capsule.

Travel through time to understand the transforming power of traditional culture, African cosmology and healing a village through alchemy as a formula to defeat the trauma of migration. This moment in time is hosted by a play reading performance of The Windrush Time Capsule betwixt the artworks of painter and sculpture Deanio X, who will have first time viewings of work inspired by the play.

April 12 – 14th 12pm to 5pm : Deanio X private viewing of art work inspired by The play Windrush Time Capsule.

Deanio X is a is self taught intuitive artist, guided by the great and terrible people around him as well as his own instincts. As such his projects tend to be focused around personal questions that are only answerable via social observation or engagement.

April 18th 10am to 1pm – Family Drawing/ illustration Workshop with an added twist of Art Therapy based on the play called Windrush Time Capsule (visit gallery to learn about the hertitage and legacies of the Windrush Time Capusle) this session will be led by Jean Campbell.

Free entry
Step-free access

This is project is made possible by a Project Grant from the Arts Council England.

2 studios available

Deadline to apply 2nd March 2019
from April 1st 2019

Studio G5 (pictured above) – permanent space 173sqft £93.60 per month available from 1 April
Studio G10b (not pictured) – 6 month sublet 96sqft £53.60 available from 1 April

Both studios are partitioned spaces on the ground floor with natural light.
Deadline to apply: 2 March 2019, 6pm.

Shortlisted Applicants will be contacted for interview shortly after this date.

Please note that due to the high number of applications we will not be contacting those who are not shortlisted and will be unable to offer feedback. For the same reason we are also unable to organise viewings prior to the interview.

Application procedure:

*A statement (no more than 500 words) outlining your practice and areas of interest and an indication of how you wish to use this opportunity
*A statement (no more than 350 words) highlighting what you could contribute and how the cooperative would work for you.
* CV (no more than 2 sides of A4)
* up to ten images or for time-based work (pieces or excerpts should be no longer than 5 minutes).
* Corresponding list of titles, media and dimensions should be included (please do not send originals).
* We will accept hard copy or email applications.

If you are interested in applying for these studios please go to our website for more information about our organisation


Please note that sublets are not members of Lewisham Arthouse and cannot be guaranteed a permanent studio.

Lewisham Arthouse Open Studios

Open studios 2018
22nd-23rd September 2018

Lewisham Arthouse opens its doors, offering you a chance to experience a range of new artworks. Wander around the warren of studios, talk to the artists about their work, buy original pieces or simply enjoy the grandeur of a beautiful Edwardian building. Tours of the building will run twice daily at 2pm and 4pm, plus a special kids fun trail for families. Our pop-up café is back to provide a wide selection of scrumptious handmade cakes, savoury nibbles and drinks, as well as a bar and DJ’s on the opening night.

Our project space features group exhibition by members of Lewisham Arthouse, as part of Deptford X Fringe. ExLibris looks to explore the local area both socially and geographically, scoping varied histories and possible futures. To top it all off we have a special programme of performances throughout the weekend.

Saturday 22nd September 12 – 8pm
Sunday 23rd September 12 – 6pm

22nd September – 1st of October
Weds – Sun 12 – 6pm

Performance program
Saturday 22 September

Gallery Space
30 mins duration Raju Rage: There’s More at Stake than 5 Metres of Cloth

Gallery Space
30 mins duration Charles Hayward Drumming Solo

Gallery Space
3 mins duration Lucienne Cole: REACH

Sunday 23 September

Gallery Space
3 mins duration Lucienne Cole: REACH

Gallery Space
60 mins duration Fanny Aboulker: An Hour of Communal Reading

Part of Deptford X and Open House London

Arthouse Winterfair 2016


Lewisham Arthouse’s ever popular Winter Fair returns on Saturday 10th December 2016.

We will be offering lots of lovely gifts and art for your delight and possibly seasonal presents for you friends and family. Everything from paintings, posters, prints, ceramics, mosaics, jewellery, sculpture and digital art, to crafted fashion accessories.

There will be a tasty food bar run by Marta Addari, our local Vegan/vegetarian caterer Chef on Menu. A splendid mulled wine stall run by Lewisham Arthouse plus great vibes from our in-house DJ, fabulous festive decor, and of course the friendly face of Lewisham Arthouse to meet and greet you all.

It’s a free event and all are welcome, we have wheelchair access and there will be some fun stalls for children to look at.

Open: 11.00am – 6.00pm
For more information email:

Thank you LDG


Lewisham Arthouse would like to say a huge thank you to the London Drawing Group who recently completed their tenure as the Arthouse’s first curators in residence.

LDG presented an ambitious and highly successful program of exhibitions, workshops and talks. All the workshops were offered free of charge with an ethos of inclusivity and an agenda to demystify the act of drawing “breaking down contextual barriers and helping people to engage in the playful, unpredictable and unknown aspects of art making”.

The residency was structured around a series of four exhibitions. Individual shows by each of the three members of LDG acted as the starting point for the three weeks of workshops, culminating in a community exhibition, showcasing the artworks made by the participants of the workshops. Lucy, Frances and Luisa worked tirelessly preparing, promoting and presenting all elements of the program and it was excellent to see the project space as a buzzing hive of activity throughout.

Following on from this their next project is a series of workshops at the British Museum – check out the available events on their Eventbrite page (

To follow their ongoing activities you can visit their website:

The Lewisham Arthouse Curatorial Open will be running again next year with application details becoming available in 2017.

Spotlight Interview 03 : Chris Alton



Image credits Laura X Carlé

An interview with Chris Alton, our 2015 winner of the Graduate Studio Award. We have been very proud to have Chris with us, and as he enters the final quarter, we ask him to reflect about his time here.

Can you introduce yourself?

My artworks often draw upon multiple, seemingly un-associated, cultural phenomena. Whether deploying disco music against xenophobia or playing table tennis in competition with aggressive architecture, I seek to highlight unlikely parallels and produce bizarre situations. Through these, I aim to implement or imagine alternative ways of being in the world. This desire stems from my Quaker upbringing, which resonates throughout my practice.

You won this years graduate studio award, how has this impacted on your work? What do you get from working in a studio community?

Winning this award has given me the time and space to focus on and develop a number of projects that probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise. The opportunity to realise an interim-project and a concluding solo exhibition (in May 2016) is fantastic as space is so scarce in London – especially free space.

The Arthouse community is great, people are incredibly generous and have often offered their support on projects, from lending kit to helping to build a stage – complete with sparkling curtains, lighting and mirrorballs.

Are you a self-taught artist or have you been to art school? Has this helped shape the artist you have become?

It’s impossible to imagine the hypothetical artist that I would have become if I’d pursued a different route, but I don’t think that my time at art school was what shaped me. I’d like to think that my practice has been influenced more by my upbringing as a Quaker and by encounters with particular people and artworks.

Which exhibition have you visited which made the greatest impact on you and why?

There are two. I saw them at around the same time; during the summer of 2012, between my first and second years of University. The first was Yael Bartana’s And Europe Will Be Stunned, a trilogy of films following the rise of a fictitious political movement, called the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland. The second was Joy in People, Jeremy Deller’s solo show at The Hayward Gallery. These exhibitions triggered a pretty radical change in my own practice by showing me that art could actively engage with society and its current issues.

Who and/or what inspired you to become an artist?

My Mum.

Discuss a recent project, exhibition or event you have been involved in.

I had my first solo exhibition in September 2015 at the Edith-Russ-Haus in Oldenburg (GER). I won one of two emerging media artists awards with my ongoing project English Disco Lovers (EDL) (2012 – present), a satirical campaign that redeploys the utopian vision of disco music in opposition to the English Defence League. The exhibition featured photographs, posters, videos and other materials from the project, as well as a 4 meter-wide, glittery hashtag.

Do you see collaborative practice and working with others as an important part of your practice?

Absolutely, I often develop works through conversations and collaborations with a number of people. Recently I’ve been trying to develop a more inclusive crediting system for my projects, so that the people involved are acknowledged and thanked. It works in a similar way to the credits at the end of a film or TV programme.

How do you use the studio and what you do in there? Do you have studio rituals?

I always begin by making a coffee, the Arthouse is pretty cold in winter and something hot with a little caffeine gets me off to a good start. The wifi in my space is dreadful, so I often take a little wander down the corridor to answer my emails and buffer an album. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of mid-’60s rock. Then I crack on with whatever I’m working on at that time, which tends to be pretty varied – I could be writing a script, editing photos, trying out wallpaintings or making watercolours of shells.

How does the studio become a part of your everyday life and work?

I actually find that it’s a place to get away from my everyday life. Instead of doing the washing up, scrolling through endless cat memes or alphabetising the book case, my studio is a place where I can put the distractions of home to one side and focus on my work.

What are you working on at the moment? Do you have any forthcoming exhibitions to promote?

I have my first solo exhibition in London opening on February 25th at xero, kline & coma. It’s a project that I’ve been working on for over 7 months now, in which a fictitious band is used as a vehicle to explore the exploitation of post-colonial countries as tax havens.

Will you be showing work at Open Studios? If so, what can the public expect to see?

My studio, slightly tidier (but not much tidier) than it normally is. I’ll probably empty the bin. I have lots of diagrams and mind maps on the walls, along with exhibition floorplans, scribbled ideas and simple doodles. There are a few finished pieces hanging around, but it’s mostly populated by work in progress and fresh ideas that may never get realised.