Get involved

From our wide-ranging Connecting Community online workshops, to volunteering opportunities, there are lots of ways to get involved at Stanley Arts. New staff positions are also regularly posted on this page so do keep an eye out if you want to come and work with us in the future.

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We are currently running a wide range of FREE online workshops to help keep you engaged and entertained during these longest of months. Why not learn a new skill, explore your creativity or just get some much needed support? The Connecting Communities digital workshops are funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and include:

Croydon Young Creatives is a free online visual arts project for young people aged 14-21. We’ll be mixing it up using drawing, photography and blogging to make creative care packs for local elders who are shielding. This is a chance to pay it forward and learn new creative skills, meet like minded others and be a bridge from one generation to another. No experience is necessary.

Beyond the Bank is a community group where individuals facing financial difficulties can meet, talk and participate in creative workshops led by local professional theatre makers with the aim of building confidence, community strength and better mental health.

More people than ever are turning to foodbanks for help and we recognise that emotional support is also key to combating financial difficulties. We believe that by bringing people together to talk, listen and find a positive, creative and collaborative outlet, participants can find their voices, expand their horizons and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

 We will work closely with local foodbanks, identifying individuals who may benefit from participating in Beyond the Bank. We welcome participants from all backgrounds and are committed to improving diversity, equality and inclusion in society. 

Come and tell us your stories! SoNo Storytelling is a free digital writing and storytelling project for adults of all ages. No experience is necessary, this is a space where we can come together to express ourselves, meet like minded others and dream up new ideas and narratives. All you need to bring is your imagination! Material generated from the project will be shared through the Stanley Arts website. 

First words is a free online creative writing programme for new parents with babies under 9 months. Our baby-friendly workshops will be a space for local parents to come together, find their voice and create short stories, poems and more. No experience is necessary, all you need to take part is your imagination! Workshops will provide a creative peer group helping to address the life changes and shift in identity that can come with becoming a parent and making a positive difference to participants’ mental health and wellbeing.

Paint a picture from the comfort of your bedroom or create a still life from your sofa! South Norwood Still Life is an online practical drawing and painting course for beginners and those wanting to increase confidence and knowledge in making art. This is a chance to express yourself through creating something new and to connect with other locals. Our friendly and informal classes will introduce participants to the basic principles of painting and drawing, guiding you through a series of exercises to help build confidence and artistic style. These include line, tone, colour and shape, measuring proportion and scale and colour mixing and basic colour theory. 

The course is led by South Norwood based artist and tutor Clare Haward who has extensive experience teaching art to adults online. She regularly exhibits her work in local and national exhibitions and was previously a contestant on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. Art work generated through the course will be shown through the Stanley Arts website. 

Getting Involved

If you are interested in taking part in one or more of our workshops then please fill in the form below and send it to us. We’ll then be in touch asap via email. Places for most of these events are limited so do get in touch ASAP.

( Alternatively, if you would prefer to send a short video application instead then email it to: )


Submission Form


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Our amazing volunteers help out with a vital range of specific projects across Stanley Arts’ buildings. We are always interested in hearing from energetic and enthusiastic individuals who would like to get involved – particularly if you have specific skills you would like to share.

From stewarding at events to helping with ongoing renovation works, your efforts will make a big impact on preserving the past and safeguarding the future of our magnificent home. However you choose to get involved, with your support Stanley Arts can continue to grow and develop as a unique venue for arts and performance in South London.

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