Art Organisations

Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Service

The organisation works with schools and groups, providing arts and music education activities for every child and young person (up to 18yrs) living in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. THAMES generously supports THAT network London.  Contact:

The Royal Drawing  School

The Royal Drawing School runs over 250 different full and part-time drawing courses each year for adults and children of all ages and abilities.

Scholarship programmes / Alongside our public courses they offer a postgraduate-level programme in drawing, a fine art foundation course, fully-funded international artists’ residencies and places on our Young Artists programme for 10-18 year-olds with an aptitude for drawing. Two campuses across London / They operate studios in Shoreditch and Trinity Buoy Wharf. We also collaborate with a number of institutions including The National Gallery, The British Museum and the Royal Academy.

Their programme for young artists offers a unique opportunity to students from all backgrounds, who want to develop their drawing skills. Students aged 15 to 18 are eligible for our Young Associates programme, whilst those aged 10 to 14 can join our weekly Drawing Clubs. Both fee-paying and full scholarship places are available on these programmes. The Royal Drawing School also offers one week holiday courses in the Easter and Summer school holidays for young artists aged 11–15 years.

The Princes Foundation

The prince’s foundation offers a broad range of innovative and inspiring education programmes, from traditional arts and heritage craft skills, to architecture and design, science, engineering, horticulture, wellbeing and hospitality. programmes take place within and beyond the charity’s sites, both nationally and internationally.

The Prince’s Foundation offers a diverse range of innovative and inspiring education and training programmes for all ages and backgrounds, from traditional arts and heritage craft skills, to architecture and design, science, engineering, horticulture, wellbeing and hospitality. Programmes take place within and beyond the charity’s sites, both nationally and internationally.

Auto Italia

Auto Italia is an artist-run organisation and project space that commissions new work, bringing together international networks of artists committed to the development of emerging practices and discussions in contemporary art.

They support early and mid-career artists to develop discourse, active research and experimental projects. This focuses on collaborative models for producing and distributing artwork, and is made possible through the development of relationships and conversations with artists, grassroots networks, and a growing peer network of artist-led organisations in the UK and internationally.

London Metropolitan University – School of Art , Architecture and Design

The School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University offers courses across a broad range of subject areas: art (encompassing fine art, photography, Englishcreative writingtheatre and performance practice), architecture (including spatial planning and urban design) and design, which includes 3D design (fashion, textiles, furniture, product and jewellery), interiors and visual communication.

Whitechapel Gallery

The gallery brings modern and contemporary art and ideas to local, national and international audiences by providing a place for free-thinking, creativity and learning. Contact:

Bow Arts

Bow Arts is a not-for-profit educational arts charity which runs an innovative programme of workshops, projects and training in schools. Bow Arts develops confidence, skills and imagination and values the impact that creativity can have on learning. Bow Arts’ work makes learning accessible and directly impacts on children and young people’s attainment and wellbeing. Contact:

Chisenhale Gallery

Chisenhale Gallery produces an integrated artistic, education and outreach programme; artist-led with a core focus on commissioning groundbreaking new work and developing audiences, this expands on Chisenhale’s 30-year history as one of London’s most innovative organisations for contemporary visual art. Chisenhale continues to be an essential resource for the local formal education sector. The Schools strand emphasises engagement with contemporary art through equal exploration of both ideas and processes. Contact:

Half Moon

Half Moon is the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company. It is a local organisation with a national remit. The company gives young people from birth to 18 (25 for disabled young people) an opportunity to experience the best in young people’s theatre, both as a participant and as an audience member.

Gallery @ Half Moon is an exciting space for local artists to display their work in the foyer of our children’s theatre. Come and view a range of different styles, all suitable for children and young people.  For past exhibitions

For all enquiries please contact Half Moon at

Stitches in Time

Stitches in Time is a participatory arts and education charity with a social enterprise arm based in Tower Hamlets. Set up in 1993 as a community project aimed at celebrating the area’s rich cultural heritage, we do more than just sewing, our creative projects are co-designed with users in response to their needs, to empower individuals and build strong, inclusive, and cohesive communities.

Stitches in Time began as an experiment to see if sewing could start conversations between strangers. This small experiment in 1993 turned into our giant founding project, the creation of 50 tapestries made by over 3,000 local people.

Rich Mix

Rich Mix welcomes the communities of the world in East London to create, enjoy and share culture.  Rooted in the city but open to the world, they champion diversity in everything they do.

Their programme covers every genre imaginable – from live music, spoken word, theatre, dance, talks and visual art in our performance and exhibition spaces to independent films and blockbusters across our three-screen cinema. Through their learning and participation programmes, they develop and facilitate the creative potential of young people, families, children and wide-ranging communities from across East London.

Paint the Change

Paint the Change was started in 2015 to bring social action and street art together.  They have produced over 50 murals around the world.


The RIBA East London Architects group is a network of members in the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, and Havering, with over 100 Chartered Practices and over 1,000 Members.


Spotlight isn’t a youth club, or a youth centre – it’s a multi-million pound creative youth space designed to inspire. It has been shaped by young people, for young people. It offers free, state of the art sound, film, design, art and broadcasting facilities, alongside performance, dance, boxing, fashion, styling and chill areas. Spotlight is partnered with organisations like the National Theatre, University of the Arts London, Barbican, IMD Legion, Poplar Boys & Girls Club, Whitechapel Gallery, The Tower Project, CM Sounds and the BFI. It’s a unique, welcoming space that’s open to all, and is dedicated to growing young talent.


A global design company creating spaces that build strong connections between people and brands. Based at their East London design studio, the same building that was home to the original Brinkworth workshop in 1990. Today they spend the majority of their time there, but also run nearby Brinkworks, their dedicated prototyping space. A history of making runs through everything they do. They are a team of multi-talented specialists including designers, architects, and engineers, but also call on a network of collaborators representing the best in their field.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

Library and archive collection – Grade II listed library building, that dates from 1860, conveniently located in Mile End.

Stored on hundreds of linear metres of mobile shelving in our climate-controlled strongroom, the archive collections are spread across a variety of formats, from medieval parchment to digital audio and video.  If you’re interested in the history of a street or building, tracing your ancestors who lived in the borough, doing a school or college project or just feeling nostalgic. 

If you want to see what is on

For information and updates visit their website and search the online catalogue.

‘A’ Team Arts’

A’ Team Arts, the council’s Youth Arts Team, is part of Tower Hamlets Youth Service. They offer a range of programmes for young people.

University of the Arts

UAL is “the world’s biggest factory for making trouble” (Grayson Perry, UAL Chancellor). They are 1 university, made up of 6 Colleges and 19,000+ students from everywhere.  They offer pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in art, design, screen, communication, fashion, media and performing arts. And they are top 2 in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings 2021).

Learn from expert tutors across an unrivalled number of subjects and courses at UAL. Not only will you have access to the best facilities across our 6 Colleges, but you’ll also benefit from our extensive business links and career support. Be inspired by living and studying in London – the world’s creative capital.

Great Art

GreatArt is a part of the Gerstaecker family who has been supplying art materials for over 50 years. Still very much a family business, Gerstaecker prides itself on the experience and expertise of its managers and staff whose specialist knowledge of the art supplies industry helps to ensure the efficient operation of Europe’s most comprehensive and competitive one-stop shop for quality art materials. GreatArt is the UK’s largest range of art materials with over 60,000 products available online. Their aim is to provide a friendly and reliable service for our customers, and to help promote ‘Art for All’, with the best choice of products available with low prices everyday. 

Explore the Great Art magazine for ideas and workshops

Ragged School Museum

Housed in what was once London’s biggest Ragged School, this popular, family-friendly museum welcomes people of all ages to taste a slice of Victorian life.  Located beside the Regents Canal the museum offers, through role play, hands-on exhibits, talks and special projects, an authentic and memorable experience of what life was like for residents of Tower Hamlets a century ago, as well as an opportunity to reflect on how the borough is constantly changing. Contact:

Eastside Educational Trust

East-Side Educational Trust is a highly acclaimed, award winning, world record breaking arts and education charity. The Trust mission is to introduce children of all ages to the arts and literature in London and to raise young people’s standards of achievement in language, literacy and artistic endeavour by unlocking the creative potential in everyone. Contact:

V&A Museum of Childhood

The museum runs a comprehensive Education Programme for young people, families, adult learners and almost 60,000 schoolchildren each year. The Programme includes teaching sessions, daily activities, special events, study days and more intensive programmes aimed at specific, targeted groups such as local teenagers. The Community Programme runs artist-led projects with local schools and community groups, leading to new work inspired by the Museum’s collections which is displayed in the Front Room Gallery within the Museum’s foyer. Contact:

Portman Gallery – Morpeth School

The role of education is now an important part of art discourse in the UK, largely due to institutional changes resulting from new funding requirements. Portman Gallery is a project that bridges the world of education and that of contemporary art, but does it the other way around: instead of inviting classes into the gallery, here the gallery exists within the school site. Contact:


PEER is an independent arts organisation that has evolved from the ground up over the past twenty years, putting down deep roots within the socially,  culturally and economically diverse area of Hoxton in East London.

PEER’s core ethos is to embed its activities into the local community and to offer and promote the highest quality art as being part of daily life. We have done this through our ambitious programme of projects working with nearly 150 artists, writers, curators and educators over two decades. It is equally our ambition to nurture and provide a platform for the talent of a diverse range of emerging, mid-career and established artists enabling them to take new risks.

Peer offers various opportunities for supporting educational settings on their Artsmark journey and enabling children and young people to access a high-quality arts and cultural education.

Flowers Gallery

Flowers Gallery represents more than 50 international artists and artist’s estates, working with a wide range of media. Over the past five decades the gallery has presented over 900 exhibitions across its global locations, also supporting the production of artist’s publications and the presentation of works by gallery artists in art fairs, public galleries, museums and institutions around the world.

To go straight to exhibitions and news use the links:


Lon-art is an arts organisation that offers a platform for everyone to create, collaborate and reflect upon social issues through the arts.

First established in 2010, Lon-art has been growing and changing steadily over the past decade. We started running language art workshops, community arts events and creating tours at the National Gallery to reflect on women’s representation in the history of art.

From running numerous art workshops, events and social exhibitions addressing women’s issues, which involved the collaboration of women artists, creators and art educators, we organically grew into an activist art organisation grounded in feminism, social equality and accessible creative learning for all.

This led to the creation of our long term project, Sheroes, a feminist project with the  objective to highlight hidden herstories. Since then, we have curated five exhibitions, a number of panels talks, a bespoke website and art workshops, not only showcasing and celebrating women’s voices but also advocating for systemic changes in our ongoing patriarchal society. This project has reached over 2500 people in the past 18 months.

Lon-art workshops are designed and adapted to the communities needs. We have worked with a number of charities and institutions that believe that arts is one of the best ways to reflect into social issues.


Autograph was founded in 1988 in London to support black photographic practices.

Autograph’s mission is to enable the public to explore identity, representation, human rights and social justice through work produced by artists who use photography and film.

They  believe that visual representation is a powerful force for change. Autograph creates ground-breaking exhibitions, sharing the work of artists who use photography and film to highlight issues of identity, representation, human rights and social justice. We’ve been doing this since 1988.

The Photographers Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery (TPG)  was founded in London’s Covent Garden in 1971 as the first publicly funded gallery in the UK dedicated to the photographic medium.  From the outset it has been instrumental in promoting photography’s value to the wider world and ensuring its position as one of our most significant artforms. In May 2012, as part of the organisation’s ambitions for growth as well as to meet audience expectations around scale and quality of presentations, the Gallery moved to a new venue in Soho, W1. 

Their mission is to champion photography for everyone. Their Vision is to stimulate public understanding of and deeper engagement with photography and its value to society.

To find out more about how you can take part in workshops, CPD or learn about creative careers use the link here.

The Courtauld

The Courtauld Institute of Art is the world’s leading centre for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture. Its Gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections. Through its unique integration of activities, facilities and resources, The Courtauld provides an exceptional environment for research, learning and professional development.

The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London. The Courtauld offers a range of degree programmes – a BA, Graduate Diploma and MA in the History of Art; a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings; an MA in Wall Painting Conservation; an MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation; an MA in Curating the Art Museum; and MPhil and PhD research degrees in all these subjects.

Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is an internationally outstanding collection which contains unsurpassed masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain.

They enable people of all ages to develop a greater understanding and enjoyment of art. Through a wide range of opportunities that combine discussion, observation and creative activities, our online programmes aim to inspire primary and secondary students and teachers, children and their families, adults and young people, and our diverse communities.

Tate Gallery

When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today they have four major sites and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks.

Explore a range of learning resources.

National Portrait Gallery

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the people who have made and are making British history and culture, and to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media. Contact: sign up to our teacher e-newsletter for more information.

Royal Academy of Arts

For over 250 years, the RA has existed to champion art and artists. Enjoy our expanded campus with free displays, new spots to eat, drink and shop, and much more.

Run by the Royal Academicians, artists and architects elected by their peers in recognition of their exceptional work. Home to Britain’s longest established art school, the RA Schools. Every year since 1768  they have held an annual Summer Exhibition, the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. They present their collection of art and architecture in free displays throughout the gallery on Piccadilly. And they put on world-class exhibitions of art from around the world.

The RA is for everyone and we offer workshops and visits for students and teachers, as well as tailored sessions for children with special needs.

Now in its third year, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for students aged 5 – 19 studying in the UK and British schools overseas. Artworks are judged by artists and arts professionals with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts. For more information:

Matt’s Gallery is committed to supporting artists in the development of their practice and to the critical engagement of its audience. The gallery endeavours to engage and generate discussion in an educational context through its exhibition and publishing programmes, the gallery Reading Room, access to archive materials, artists’ talks, surgeries, and the internship programme. The gallery is now situated in Wandsworth having moved from Mile End. Contact:

Stephen Friedman Gallery

Stephen Friedman Gallery is a leading contemporary art gallery that represents represents over twenty five living artists and Estates with areas of interest that include conceptual and South American art, and abstraction, minimalism and figuration in painting, sculpture, video and installation.  For the latest exhibitions and recent exhibitions 

Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery is geared towards introducing a diverse audience to the cutting edge of contemporary art. The facilities at the Gallery and via our website endeavour to ensure that school and community groups receive the best possible on-site and outreach support to engage with the Gallery’s exhibitions.

Their Learning programme offers tours, workshops, participatory projects, and the opportunity to exhibit artwork via the Education Gallery, for schools, colleges and universities. For more information:

Victoria Miro

Victoria Miro shows the work of established and emerging artists from the USA, Europe and Asia in an exhibition space close to the financial heart of London. For current exhibitions use the link.

Trapped in Zone One

Trapped in Zone One is a registered London based arts collective, with a passion for the arts and culture, adding that artistic touch to communities in real-time cultural insight.

Our philosophy is to build strong partnership with community groups and organisations and support our artists, whether it’s their first steps in the art world or if they’re established already.

Combining different possibilities in arts and crafts and installations.

Since 2017 we have been proud ambassadors of GreatArt and host exhibitions, running monthly creative workshops to curating interior and public murals.

Art Rabbit

ArtRabbit is an independent digital art platform for promoting, discovering and appreciating contemporary art and visual culture. One of their aims is to get people everywhere to experience more art and make art as accessible and this means making it easier to find art events.

This is Colossal

Colossal is an international platform for contemporary art and visual expression that explores a vast range of creative disciplines. With an archive of over 6,700 articles written by seven contributors, we pride ourselves in celebrating the work of both emerging and established artists through an ongoing commitment to make art accessible to everyone. Our coverage explores visual culture through the latest in fine art, design, modern craft, street art, photography, illustration, science, and animation.

The Complete Works

The Complete Works is a youth educational charity and our aim is to inspire young people back in education through a range of creative and interactive workshops and projects. Contact:


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