About us

Stanley Arts aims to be one of South London’s premiere arts and performance venues, providing our local community with a vital home for cultural expression and discovery. As a radically inclusive space we seek to foreground under-represented voices, providing artists of colour and LGBTQ+ creatives with a platform to reach out to audiences across South London and beyond.

Our Vision For 2022

Our Vision For 2022

Stanley Arts is currently undergoing some big changes, including with our artistic programme. In 2022 we are aiming to expand our diversity in every sense and would love to hear from artists who may like to be a part of our new creative programme.

If you’re a local artist from Norwood, Croydon, or the rest of South London, we would love to hear from you. We regularly programme a wide range of performers and artists, so we’re open to everything. Previous work include theatre, dance, drag, music, ballroom, classes, cabaret, club nights, art exhibitions, and more.

We are actively looking to programme artists who identify as black or from an ethnic minority background, as queer or LGBTQ+, as deaf or disabled, or are part of any other group under-represented in mainstream culture. We aim to be a radically inclusive space, and aim to reflect this inclusion within our artistic programme.

Also, if you would just like to be featured on our social media platforms, we are currently looking for local artists to promote – you can find the Google Form here. If you have any problems with this, don’t hesitate to contact us on social media, or email evie@stanleyarts.org.

For artistic or programming enquiries, please contact evie@stanleyarts.org to start the conversation, or gain more information about the venue and how we work. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Our Monthly Regulars

Our Monthly Regulars

Our artistic programme consists of a wide range of performers and artists – but some of these artists stay with us on a monthly basis.

Drag From A Distance, hosted by the wonderful Tiana Biscuit

Nice N Spiky Comedy, featuring five emerging comedians every first Friday of the month

F*** It Up Fridays, a drag ballroom OTA every last Friday of the month

Our Black Queer Film Programme, hosted by Batty Mama

Drag from a Distance poster
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