Stanley Arts has been awarded a grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Stanley Arts has been awarded a £226,287 grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to celebrate & restore parts of our famous decorative scheme.

Stanley Arts has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £226,287 for an exciting heritage project, called “Stanley Halls’ decorative scheme: widening engagement with heritage & access to heritage skills project”.  

This funding was made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The project focuses on the magnificent features of the building such as tiling, mosaics and stained glass windows and sharing these with schools, people living with dementia, families and community groups across Croydon. 

The project will run hands-on, craft workshops in schools and care homes to engage some of the youngest and oldest people in our community, who might not otherwise take part in our programming. Monthly family workshops will also run to provide a regular, free offer for a growing family audience. During the summer, you can expect a weekend of site-specific performances and installations with free food for the community, as well as events to coincide with Family Pride and Diwali. Throughout the year, there will also be practical heritage skills workshops; tours, walks and talks; and a photography course, resulting in an exhibition, in the recently restored gallery. Volunteers can join in to lead tours, support workshops or upskill themselves to be the next Stanley Arts building restorer! 

Alongside all these wonderful opportunities to engage with Stanley Halls’ unique decorative scheme we will also be carrying out a limited programme of restoration of the wall and floor tiles across the site, further enhancing the beauty of our unique home.

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. The decorative scheme project will celebrate the unique and historic features of the building, which has been at the heart of South Norwood for over 120 years.


Commenting on the award, Artistic Director and CEO Dr Daniel Winder said: “We’re thrilled to launch this project which shares our beautiful building with new audiences across Croydon, made possible thanks to National Lottery players.”

Notes to editors

About Stanley Arts 

Having recently joined the Arts Council National Portfolio, Stanley Arts is undergoing an expansion in both the range of programming and the scale of their own in-house productions. Alongside this is a growing programme of community arts and heritage  engagement with a diverse set of programmes aimed at community groups across Croydon. 

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future as set out in our strategic plan, Heritage 2033.  

Over the next ten years, the Heritage Fund aims to invest £3.6billion raised for good causes by National Lottery players to bring about benefits for people, places and the natural environment.   

The Heritage Fund helps protect, transform and share the things from the past that people care about, from popular museums and historic places, our natural environment and fragile species, to the languages and cultural traditions that celebrate who we are.  

The Heritage Fund is passionate about heritage and committed to driving innovation and collaboration to make a positive difference to people’s lives today, while leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. 

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Further information

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