Collage Arts is a leading arts development, training and creative regeneration charity based in the heart of the Wood Green Cultural Quarter. Collage Arts arrived as squatters in the old sweet factory in Clarendon Road. We then took a lease and began renting out affordable studio and office space to help incubate creative and socially engaged businesses.
2019 see Collage Arts managing five artspaces with plans to continually develop new locations. These spaces are home over 250 artists in 130 studios and a flourishing restaurant and performing arts venue – nearly 80,000 square feet of creative space.
The artspaces are:
- Artspace 1: Karamel performing arts, gallery and vegan restaurant in Coburg Road and also home to McQueens Theatre
- Artspace 2: in Coburg Road provides 50 artspaces
- Artspace 3: in Wood Green Works on Cumberland Road provides 45 artspaces
- Artspace 4: The community makers space in the Library Mall, home to Studio 306 Collective and Collage Arts
- Artspace 5: in Clarendon Yard, Coburg Road provides 35 artspaces
The development team at Collage Arts work closely with Haringey Council to ensure that artists studios continue to be central to the vision for the redevelopment of the Cultural Quarters, contributing to a sense of place. And because Collage Arts is a non-for-profit – every penny we earn is re-invested into the community.
The creation of a thriving artists community
Collage Arts moved into the Chocolate Factory 1 in 1996 when it converted derelict units into artist studios. The building is home to over 110 artists covering a range of art forms from visual arts to music and performing arts. Due to the high demand Collage Arts renovated Chocolate Factory 2 in 2002 and this building is home to over 50 artists and creative businesses covering a range of art forms from music, film, and media to performing arts and fashion.
In 2016, Collage was delighted to work with Haringey Council and Big Issue Invest to open what has become Artspace 3. This building is home to a wide range of creative practitioners including a saddler, milliners, a furniture designer, fine artists and much more.
In 2018, in response to need to breathe new life into the Library Mall, Haringey Council approached Collage Arts. What resulted is Artspace 4 which is our community making space. This space is designed to open up creative practice to the whole community and to provide a home for Studio 306 Collective. Collage Arts run a series of Creative Workshops from Artspace 4.
Throughout 2018, Collage Arts worked with Haringey Council and the impacted artists to plan for the closure of the Chocolate Factory in March 2019. With the help of investment from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund we have been able to develop 22 new studios in Collage Artspace 5 in Clarendon Yard on Coburg Road.
One major change for Collage Art has been that we have moved from long-term leases of redundant industrial spaces to more short-term arrangements in shops, empty office block and modern warehousing. Around half our spaces are Meanwhile spaces, which we will occupy for around five years or until redevelopment happens. Collage will strive to find a more permanent solution that provides spaces to creative to flourish in Wood Green.
The Collage Artspaces have become a hub of excellence in the creative industries. The development started with a few artists’ studios is now a major driver or economic, cultural and social activity in Wood Green and beyond.
Collage Arts and the artists in our studio spaces will continue to support community development in Wood Green and beyond
Collage Works – provides training and enterprise support in creative skills to get people into work or further training – there is a strong emphasis on young people and women and people currently under-represented in the cultural industries or who had their educations disrupted by discrimination.
Collage Voices – provides a creative outlet for young people from 8-18 to explore their ideas and concerns through performing arts, writing and digital media.
Some of the current Collage Arts projects include: Create Your Future (for economically inactive BAME women), They Came Before Us (heritage project for women of colour aged 18-30) and HIT (Hate Interruption project for 14-19s)