Sydenham Arts is a community arts organisation based in Sydenham, South East London. As a Registered Charity we provide arts activities and events all year round. Our mission is to ‘provide, promote and advance the Arts for the benefit of the public, in particular people who live, work and are educated in Sydenham and surrounding areas’. Behind the formal words lies an urgent wish to make Sydenham a better place by making the Arts part of our lives throughout the year year in year out.
Previously known as Sydenham Arts Festival, since 2009 we have staged annual festivals in July embracing every art form. We are committed to providing a platform for emerging, local artists as well as bringing high quality, established artists to the area. Alongside our event programme we have regularly run free participatory workshops, partnered with local schools and colleges on original projects and provided mentoring for young actors, singers, musicians, playwrights and poets.
Now as Sydenham Arts, our ambitions include increasing our range of educational activities, to continue staging themed ‘minifestivals’ at seasonal times of the year, and developing a permanent performance and exhibition space in Sydenham.