Inclusive Arts

The arts have been part of the Bromley by Bow Centre story since the very beginning. Local artists were amongst the first people to get involved and lend their skills and energy to establish and grow the Centre into the vibrant and creative hub it has become. 

Althea and Andrew Art East

We believe that creativity plays a key role in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and promotes community cohesion. Art remains central to our work today as we use it to build the self-esteem of individuals who access the Centre’s services as well as to bring the community together.

The Centre has spacious project rooms and studios for stained glass, stone carving and ceramics. Our many public spaces provide excellent exhibition locations for art produced both by our community of artists as well as for external artists and organisations who wish to exhibit their work.

Our community of artists

Our community of resident artists have provided the Centre with an aesthetic that sets it apart from any other community centre. They have set up social enterprises and small businesses that have helped to make the centre a marketplace for innovative design, high quality products and unique artworks.

The Centre's resident artists create their own works here and run workshops and courses for people of all abilities. We have a weekly programme of art-based classes for local adults with disabilities or who are suffering from social isolation. These activities include ceramics, mosaic and textiles as well as physical activities such as performance and dance. You can find out more about our specialist groups for people with disabilities and complex needs by visiting our Social Care page here.

Frank Creber

Frank is a founding artist of the Bromley by Bow Centre. With over 20 years’ experience working with community groups in Bow, Frank runs Arteast, our social enterprise that supports adults with physical and learning disabilities to create public art and print merchandise.

Murude Mehmet

Murude has been the resident potter at the Centre for over 20 years and currently facilitates group ceramics sessions for local vulnerable people.

Paul Shaw

Paul is a designer and maker of stained glass panels and has worked in various roles at the Centre. He also leads tours of visitors around the Centre helping them to understand our model.

Paula Haughney

Paula first came to the centre in 1988 to learn stone carving and has had her own studio here since 2002, where she runs a monthly stone carving workshop. She currently runs Young@Art, a multimedia art group for those aged 50 years and over. Many of her large sculptures adorn the Centre's park.

Sheenagh McKinlay

Sheenagh has had studio space at the Centre since 1987. She is currently part of the Centre's Learning team that supports tutors and quality assurance in teaching as well as delivering workshops for vulnerable members of the community. Sheenagh produces commissions for public and private spaces as well as composite collage studio pieces for exhibitions.

Find out more

To find out more about art and the Bromley by Bow Centre, contact Catherine Tollington by emailing or by calling 020 8709 9840.