About us

Stanley Arts is 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.

BirdGang Ltd

BirdGang Ltd

BirdGang Ltd are an award-winning Hip Hop Theatre company with a global reputation. Founded by Simeon Qsyea, Kendra Horsburgh and Ukweli Roach, they are a collective of movement architects, bringing their spirit, craft and live experience to brands, audiences and pupils around the world. Former associate dance company to the Young Vic, and now resident at Stanley Arts, their work includes Vicycle (World tour), The Aviary (Sri Lanka, San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, The Network (Luxembourg, San Francisco), A Vice in Harlem (Harare International Festival of the Arts 2015); A Harlem Dream (The Young Vic) and Street Dance 3D 1 and 2 the Movie (UK, India). Directly funded by ACE, Stanley Arts, Breakin’ Convention, The British Council, The Young Vic and Croydon Council.

BirdGang Ltd teach Hip Hop to a growing number of young people and through their dance classes and commercial work they support young professionals as well as dance lovers and followers, providing exercise, culture and education.

Since 2019 Birdgang have been resident artists at Stanley Arts bringing their combination of dance, education, film making, and movement architecture to a range of new projects currently in development – including a new piece for Stanley Arts’ upcoming Freedom of Movement Festival.

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www.Birdgangltd.com       @birdgangltd

The BirdGang leadership

Zoo Co Theatre Company

Zoo Co Theatre Company

Zoo Co is an award-winning theatre company creating powerful, playful productions which have performed to audiences across the UK and around the world. 

All of their performance are ‘relaxed performances’ so everyone gets to feel comfortable and welcome. They strongly believe in the power of engagement and that everyone should be able to participate. Theatre is better when everybody is invited.

Zoo Co logo on a rainbow flag background

Boundless Theatre

Boundless Theatre

We are Boundless Theatre! We support a community of young adults to be creative. Productions, projects and diverse experiences promote meaningful social engagement around culture. We’re always in dialogue with a vibrant and diverse youth culture and believe by investing in and being inspired by early career artists we can promote conversation with a global community of 15-25-year-olds. Under the Artistic Direction of Rob Drummer since 2016, Boundless makes work across the UK and internationally, pioneering new ways to connect teenagers to theatre.

Theatre for a Boundless generation.

Our vision is for a world where all young adults harness their creativity to lead culture. Where intersectional and inclusive co-creation promotes radical optimism. Next generation ideas inspire the future of theatre as a vibrant, powerful tool for change and sociable space for community.

Team Boundless joined the Stanley family in Summer 2022 and have been using the building as our office ever since. We also deliver a number of our projects here and in the surrounding area including rehearsals for our latest show, Addictive Beat, and our new community project, Boundless Boxes.

If you want to learn more about Boundless’ work then visit our website at www.boundlesstheatre.org.uk or email our Executive Director, Ellie, at ellie@boundlesstheatre.org.uk.

Website: www.boundlesstheatre.org.uk
Twitter: @boundlessabound 

Team pic!

Cherry Stars

Cherry Stars

Cherrystars are an award winning, community performing arts school. Their team consist of BRIT School alumni and professional television and theatre actors who specialise in teaching innovative performing arts classes to the early years.

 

The core values at Cherrystars are Communication, Creativity, Confidence Building and Community. They have taken great pride over the last decade, to have provided a safe, nurturing and affirming place in the local community for young children to unleash their creativity and develop a love of the arts.

 

cherrystars.co.uk

Children take part in a performing arts class run by Cherry Stars

Bold Mellon Collective

Bold Mellon Collective

Bold Mellon is an award-nominated multidisciplinary collective dedicated to delivering deliciously dynamic art and celebrating early career queer creatives. We produce theatre, cabaret, scratch nights, live music and club events, facilitate life drawing classes and host visual art events by and for emerging queer artists to experiment and collaborate!

Raze Collective

Raze Collective

Raze Collective is a charity dedicated to nurturing and developing innovative queer performance in the UK. We create cultural opportunities for LGBTQIA+ artists, audiences and the wider public. We value the diversity of the queer cultural scene and work with artists, producers and organisations who share our values and ethos. Raze was formed by grassroots performers, producers & audience members in the face of the closure of LGBTQIA+ venues. We’re called Raze as the organisation was established in response to those queer spaces being razed.
@razecollective
Picture credit: Aimee McGhee for Newham Unlocked. Featuring Shakona Fire, Lusty Lovelace, Amazi, Bolly Illusion & Ella the Great.
Picture of Raze Collective

Queer Croydon

Queer Croydon

Queer Croydon – a one-stop shop for South London & Croydon’s queer events, news, and services.

Who are Queer Croydon?

Queer Croydon was launched as part of Croydon’s year as London Borough of Culture; with lots of help from our friends at Stanley Arts and Their Majesties.

We are an open platform for queer stories & events from Croydon and South London, sharing content across our website and social channels. We are also going to be producing our own Queer Croydon live events, showcasing the very best of local queer talent.

Queer Croydon is brought to you by a voluntary collective of queer artists and activists who make up the Queer Arts Advisory Group.

To find out more:

www.queercroydon.com

@queercroydon on FB/Instagram/X/ TikTok

Croydon Brass

Croydon Brass

Croydon Brass was originally formed as the Croydon Temperance Silver Band in 1911. The band is a friendly, diverse and enthusiastic group of players based at Stanley Arts in South Norwood. They perform at a variety of events in and around Croydon, as well as further afield.

The band’s Musical Director Paula Goodwin is also currently the associate conductor of the All Saints Concert Band.

croydonbrass.org.uk

A brass band on a sunny day

Clare Haward

Clare Haward

Acclaimed artist Clare Haward‘s work appears in galleries around the country and in many private collections. She regularly exhibits in national shows and competitions.

Her quixotic approach to painting confounded the presenters on the recent Sky Landscape Artist of the year for which she was selected. Her approach is rigorous and sensual, sensitive to colour and composition, edge and tone. Clare is acutely aesthetic with an exquisite colour sense and best of all she’s a fine communicator.

clarehaward.co.uk

A still life by Clare Haward

Gareth Brookes

Gareth Brookes

Gareth Brookes is a graphic novelist, printmaker and embroiderer who studied at the RCA. He uses unusual materials such as crayons, textiles and pressed flowers to make his graphic novels which include The Dancing Plague (2021, SelfMadeHero) A Thousand Coloured Castles (2017, Myriad Editions) and The Black Project (2013, Myriad Editions). 

In 2018 the French edition of The Black Project was nominated in the Sélection Officielle at the Festival de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême. 

His work has appeared in exhibitions including Comics Unmasked at the British Library, the Storytelling Cities project in Seoul, South Korea, and two solo shows in London at the 155a Gallery and the WAR Gallery. 

He is currently studying for a PhD at UAL.

gbrookes.com

A self-portrait of Gareth Brookes in pastels.

James Sandalls

James Sandalls

James Sandalls is a personal trainer with a studio for 1-on-1 training at Stanley Arts. He also offers training via zoom, socially distanced training in local parks, fitness bootcamps and nutritional guidance. You can call James on 07807 084 141 to book a session.

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James Sandalls holds a weight

3 Restorers

3 Restorers

3 Restorers are a boutique workshop offering a furniture restoration & repair service to London and surrounding areas.


Whether you’re looking to revive an inherited chair with sentimental value, conserve a cherished antique chest of drawers, refurbish that (almost) perfect, mid century table you’ve just won on eBay or you simply wish to repair rather than replace in order to be environmentally responsible – they can help.

 

3restorers.com

An antique oak door

Spiritual Tiik

Spiritual Tiik

NATURAL EMPATH, REIKI MASTER TEACHER, TRANSFORMATIONAL SPEAKER & COACH, THETA PRACTITIONER, AUTHOR, ENTREPRENEUR, AND RISNG GALACTIC STARSEED INCARNATED TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS TO INGITE THEIR TRUE POWER AND REDISCOVER THEIR PURPOSE.

Spiritual Tiik is a natural empath, reiki master teacher, transformational speaker & coach, theta practitioner, author, entrepreneur and rising galactic starseed incarnated to support individual to ignite their true power and rediscover their purpose. She has impacted millions of people around the world through her inspirational content across all of her social media platforms. Tiik has over two decades of experience, however, her mom would say she came out the womb ready to support individuals to rediscover their truths through cultivating change in their mental physical & energy bodies.

Spiritual Tiik is an entrepreneur launching creating brands such as Wonderfully Weird, a world wide initiative to encourage beautiful vessels to live their life authentically. She is the facilitator of life changing virtual and physical retreats for both the divine feminine and masculine encouraging individual awareness to energy to promote self healing. She supports regular mindfulness through her online workshops and classes such as Vibrate With Tiik and The New Moon Circle. Tiik intuitively creates bespoke plans to work with individuals through combining her natural awareness as an empath in conjunction with spiritual modalities utilising the teaching of Reiki, Theta Healing, Sound Therapy, Magnetic Therapy and Crystal Therapy.

Eye am You, You Am Eye, We Are One.” Spiritual Tiik

Spiritual Tok, resident at Stanley Arts

Good Wolf People

Good Wolf People

Good Wolf use drama and theatre to support people to learn, express themselves, be a community, be creative, and experience joy.

Kelly Ng, John Handscombe, Jo Vyvyan & Krzysia Balinska make up the team behind Good Wolf, combining their experience in Youth & Community Work, Applied Theatre, Writing and Directing.

Most recently they have been delivering online community projects, creating audio plays, and supporting young people to be connected and enjoy drama. They also provide external evaluation to arts and youth organisations.

goodwolfpeople.co.uk

Good Wolf People logo

Rosie Bright

Rosie Bright

Rosie specialises in the conservation and restoration of decorative surfaces (historic buildings) and furniture. She splits her time between working on site in some of the country’s most prestigious buildings and her workshop here at Stanley Arts, where she continues to carry out repairs on a diverse range of objects from polychrome sculpture to antique furniture.

Recently Rosie has been using some of her spare time to start the restoration of some of the tiles surfaces in the main Stanley Hall. Her work is slowly exposing the original grandeur of the space hidden behind layers of thick oil-based paint.

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Rosie Bright standing in her workshop

Undiscovered Talent UK

Undiscovered Talent UK

MORE THAN JUST A TALENT COMPETITION!

Undiscovered Talent UK is a platform for upcoming talent which gives hope to creative people to dream big and continue to pursue their greatness. Founded in 2019 by a creative individual named Ronell Coward, who has a passion, focus and simply loves the entertainment industry. Anyone, any age can get involved with our platform features which involves magazine, blogs, interviews, music, reviews, feedback, social media promotion and perform at our events and competitions online and live.

There’s a lot of Talent in the UK so why not create a platform for performers, acts, artists and creatives to take the stage and shine. We plan to take the show all over the UK and Worldwide to find Undiscovered Talent in many cities and countries. So watch out you big T.V shows, UTUK is right behind you.

#UndiscoveredTalentUK

Instagram – @undiscovered_talent_uk
Facebook – Undiscovered Talent UK
YouTube – Undiscovered Talent UK
Twitter – @UTUK_TALENT

Website
www.undiscoveredtalentuk.com

Infinity Technical Services

Infinity Technical Services

Infinity use their specialist technical knowledge and understanding of the arts to help clients make the most of their events, productions and the spaces they use to create them. They offer dedicated project managers, high end lighting, sound, video and staging equipment, supported hiressales and installs, regular maintenance and safety inspections and dedicate venue support packages. Since mid 2019 they have worked with Stanley Arts on a rolling programme of technical improvements across the Stanley Arts site.

infinity-technical.co.uk

A black Infinity Technical Services van

For Life Thailand

For Life Thailand

For Life Thailand is a UK based charity which works closely with the Thai diaspora in the UK to raise funds for good causes in Thailand. The charity’s vision is for a Thailand where all children with disabilities can be raised at home with their families and are supported with equal opportunities within an inclusive society.

They aim to create lasting change and support their partner charity, Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities (CCD), to help them transform the lives of hundreds of children and their families.

forlifethailand.org

For Life Thailand : For children, for families, for life

Oliver Thornton

Oliver Thornton

Oliver is a Scenic Carpenter working in the west end, television and film. He has worked on some of the biggest live television shows and films; from Britain’s Got Talent & the BAFTAS to Star Wars.

Oliver Studied at the BRIT School and has a deep passion for theatre and live music. He has recently started producing live music shows aimed at putting a spotlight on young musicians and songwriters providing a stage for them to express their music.

In his spare time Oliver enjoys working at Stanley Arts and offers practical and technical support in building improvements and the delivery of our performance schedule.

Oliver Thornton

Vinyl Sign Studio

Vinyl Sign Studio

Vinyl Sign Studio is a family run business that offers multiple graphics and signage solutions for retail, offices, events & exhibitions, independent traders and more. Its founder, Walter Forero, has a family history of graphic designers, printers and sign makers and cumulates over 20 years’ experience within the graphics and sign making industries.

As professional London sign makers, Walter and his team know what a tight deadline means and can offer fast turnaround when needed. Whether you are looking for a new front sign for your shop, a large-scale branding for your building or a vinyl lettering for your vehicle, they can help your business stand out from the crowd through personalised, functional and visually appealing signage. Their main workshop is located in London Bridge and they recently opened another workshop here in Stanley Halls to respond to the increase in demand in the South London community.

www.vinylsignstudio.com

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