Studio 3 Arts

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  • About Studio 3 Arts

    Studio 3 Arts is a registered charity (1054793) and a company limited by guarantee (3177640). The organisation was established in 1987 by a group of young people from Barking and Dagenham. Graduates of Barking College performing arts department, they were frustrated by the lack of local arts opportunities and decided to develop a project to meet this need.

    Our vision is to make outstanding art that is accessible, exciting and transformative. Our mission is that Studio 3 Arts remains at the forefront of socially-engaged, co-created artistic practice. We run a creative venue for artists, communities and individuals and we make work across North East London and West Essex, in all art forms, that creates real change, both in terms of art and society. We commit to the geographic region in which we are based and make our work in collaboration with communities in this area. We create our work in partnership with local people and other stakeholders who can add strength and value to our practice. We prioritise developing artists at a range of career points – particularly those who are emerging or new to the sector. Our physical home is an established arts venue that is locally-driven, curated and produced – combining our own artistic programme with a selection of received works by artists and companies who are interested in the region and our community.

    Creative Barking and Dagenham

    Studio 3 Arts is delighted to be the Lead Organisation for Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD). CBD is part of the Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme. Creative People and Places is a national action research programme to get more people involved in the arts in places where evidence shows people are much less likely than average to take part in arts activity.

    CBD supports people who live in Barking and Dagenham to experience and be inspired by the arts. Our programme is designed to test out new approaches to involving local people in creative things to do and see and inspire a lasting passion for arts and culture.

    Community Engagement

    Our approach to connecting with communities is driven by the idea that everyone has the basic right to encounter art. We are excellent at knowing how, when and why the public engages with art and culture and we use this knowledge to ensure that everything we do is accessible, exciting and relevant for our audiences. We’re really interested in creating conversations and building lasting relationships.

    It’s the people that make our projects successful. Relationships really matter to us. Relationships enable people to create cohesion, they weave social fabric and create commitment to a place and to other people. Our programme is relevant, resonant and accessible and transmits across ages and cultures. We make our work in empty shops, cafes, chip shops, bus stops, hostels, pubs, streets and GP surgeries as well as host of more traditional arts venues. We start where people are at.

    Can we help you connect?

    We offer a specialist community engagement advisory and delivery service for arts, cultural and voluntary organisations. We can work with you to audit your current engagement practices and develop a framework for refining or expanding your reach and depth of relationships with the public. We’d be really pleased to sit down with you and discuss your ideas and plans and how we might be able to help.