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HOME to more artists than anywhere else in Europe, Hackney has a beating heart of creativity. From the digital businesses that form Tech City to the fine artists breathing life into industrial sites within Shoreditch and Hackney Wick.

This most vibrant of art scenes can be experienced through the galleries, pop-up exhibitions, performances and installations that are scattered across the borough.

Some of London’s most influential contemporary art galleries like the White Cube are based in Shoreditch.

Further East, Hackney Wick is home to the world’s largest number of artists and studio spaces per square metre, with over 600 individual venues hosting exhibitions, film screenings and performances on the doorstep of Olympic Park. The area even has a number of artist-run cafes and inspired no less than two local arts festivals.

With ever more venues opening across the borough, creators and consumers of all forms of art are converging on Hackney. A good time to check them out is the first Thursday of every month, when over 170 galleries and museums in East London are open till 9pm with free events, talks, exhibitions and private views.

A Brooks Art

SITUATED in a former florists in Hoxton Street, A Brooks Art is a new exhibition space adding to East London's thriving art scene. The beautiful 100-year-old shop front houses an art gallery, resource hub, archive and event space.

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A-side B-side Gallery

SITUATED in creative complex Hackney Downs Studios on Amhurst Terrace, A-side B-side is an artist-run gallery, project and studio space. It hosts exhibitions, events and workshops for creatives.

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A-side B-side Gallery

Annexed

ANNEXED, which was founded in Hoxton in 1994, provides studios and work space for Hackney's artists and designers. Split between two sites in the borough, Zero in Belfast Road, N16, focusses on fashion, product design and media.

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Annexed

Arebyte Gallery

AREBYTE is an arts organisation based in Hackney Wick which acts as a multi-disciplinary platform for artists. It runs a gallery space which hosts a variety of exhibitions; has studios to rent; and runs 'the agency' offering memberships and events information and listings.

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Arebyte Gallery

Banner Repeater

IN 2009, a railway platform in Hackney became the site of a not-for-profit, artist-run, reading room and contemporary arts space. Banner Repeater's transient environment on Platform One at Hackney Downs station has an ambitious programme of new art work, visible to over 4,000 rail passengers each day.

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Banner Repeater

Blackall Studios

BLACKALL Studios is an arts and events venue in the heart of Shoreditch. This versatile two floor space hosts exhibitions, corporate receptions, screenings, film events, theatre performances, private parties and a lot more.

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Blackall Studios

Centre for Better Health

THIS community-led centre, off Mare Street in Hackney Central, offers a range of affordable daytime and evening activities that aim to promote wellbeing. Courses cover everything from yoga to painting, accredited learning such as NCFE ceramics to professional learning such as Continual Professional Development programmes.

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Centre for Better Health

Core Arts

WHEN in 1992, artist Paul Monks (pictured) set up his studio in the former Hackney Hospital, he inadvertently set in momentum one of London’s most progressive arts enterprises. As his workspace became a refuge for curious patients from the psychiatric ward, the idea of an open studio for sufferers of mental health problems was born.

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Cre8 Lifestyle Centre

THIS hidden gem nestled within Hackney Wick’s artistic community, comprises of more than 3,000 square feet of event space across two rooms, studios and galleries. A converted former public baths, this unique building is a high-spec, alternative venue with original industrial features available to hire for short-term exhibitions; movie screenings; film, video, or photography shoots; private functions; and product launches, as well as offering a variety of performance and gallery space.

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Cre8 Lifestyle Centre

Doomed Gallery

DOOMED Gallery is a photography and visual exhibition space in Dalston. It works closely with students, community collectives, photographers and visual artists to support new and emerging practitioners who are exploring photography.

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Doomed Gallery

Dream Bags & Jaguar Shoes

SIP a cocktail, order a stone-baked pizza, and check out an exhibition all under one roof. Dream Bags and Jaguar Shoes is a bar, cafe and gallery space in the middle of Shoreditch.

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Dream Bags & Jaguar Shoes

Flowers Gallery

WHEN Angela Flowers established her gallery in a former laundry/fur storage facility in Hackney in the 1980s, it was one of the first to open in the East End. Since then, the enterprise has flourished in reputation and size, opening two further venues in West London and New York, and upgrading its Hackney gallery a 12,000 square industrial space in Shoreditch.

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Flowers Gallery

Geffrye Museum

THE Geffrye is the UK's only museum to specialise in the history of interior design and domestic life. Housed in impressive 18th century almshouses on Kingsland Road, visitors get a sense of the changing style of English homes by viewing a series of meticulously curated rooms spanning 400 years from 1600 to the present day.

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Geffrye Museum

Grow

Carved out of what was once a sausage factory, Grow has been transformed into a unique bar, kitchen and creative space. Hidden in a yard in the heart of Hackney Wick and backing onto the canal, it was built by a small team and is operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business.

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Grow

Hackney Downs Studios

HACKNEY Downs Studios is a massive 70,000 sq ft of versatile events spaces and over 70 serviced studios and workspaces. There’s also a series of rooftops, railway arches, shops, a 'secret garden', and café The Russet.

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Hackney Downs Studios

Hackney Museum

FIND out about the borough’s past and present at Hackney Museum. Its combination of permanent and temporary exhibitions explore the reasons why people have moved to Hackney from all over the world for more than 1,000 years, from Anglo-Saxon settlers to recent refugees.

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Hackney Museum

Hang-Up Gallery

ART gallery situated in the heart of Stoke Newington. The galley space at street level presents a dynamic programme of contemporary and urban art exhibitions from a roster of exciting artists and makers.

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Hang-Up Gallery

Hidden Art

A CREATIVE online store, Hidden Art sells designer furniture and gifts while providing support to local independent designer/makers. It stocks an assortment of artisan pieces for homes, gardens and offices from ceramics, to jewellery, tableware and lighting.

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Hidden Art

HQ Therapy Rooms

SITUATED in Dalston over two locations, HQ Therapy Rooms offer psychotherapy and counselling through qualified professionals. You can seek help for a variety of issues and choose from therapists trained in a variety of approaches.

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HQ Therapy Rooms

Maker Wharf

A WORKSPACE with a difference. Looking out on to The Regent's Canal in Haggerston, tenants can enjoy an inspirational view as well as an entrepreneurial environment.

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Maker Wharf

Mill Co Project

A CREATIVE community art space in the iconic 1960s Rose Lipman Building in the De Beauvoir area of Hackney. The former library and community centre provides studio and event space to local artists and designers at below market rates in exchange for their work with the local community.

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Mill Co Project

Open School East

LOCATED in a former library and community centre in the De Beauvoir area of Hackney, Open School East is a free study programme for emerging artists. An annual cohort of artists are selected to take part in a multifaceted programme of public projects and events which involve working with local residents and audiences from further afield.

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Open School East

Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art

THIS gallery comes care of educational charity Parasol Unit and its aim is to exhibit work from contemporary artists. Every year the foundation organises four exhibitions of varying media, then accompanies each with related educational events.

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Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art

PEER

PEER is a gallery and arts charity that has commissioned and presented more than a hundred exhibitions, publications, events and public realm projects over nearly 20 years. Based in Shoreditch since 1999 and on Hoxton’s High Street since 2002, it aims to offer high quality art as part of daily life.

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Peter Bedford Adult Learning

Peter Bedford Adult Learning is the training arm of the similarly named housing association. They work with socially excluded adults to offer a wide range of vocational learning opportunities.

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Print Club London

A DALSTON printing studio, online gallery and exhibition space selling affordable and collectable limited edition screen prints. As well as providing retail and work space, it offers a range of print-making courses and workshops.

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Print Club London

Red Gallery

THE Red Gallery hosts a range of events and exhibitions, film screenings, comedy, live music, theatre, talks and markets. The gallery has collaborated with a number of artists and collectives such as Calvin Harris and Gavin Turk, Adam Dant, Wolf & Lamb, and House of Fairy Tales, to name a few - and they are constantly pushing the creative boundaries.

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Red Gallery

Residence Gallery

THE Residence Gallery in Victoria Park Road was established with the aim of celebrating 'innovative, interdisciplinary forces including painting, video, photography and installation'. This artist-run gallery showcases a spectrum of contemporary fine art.

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Residence Gallery

Rich Mix

Rich Mix is an independent arts venue, presenting film, live music, theatre, dance, spoken word, exhibitions, food and drinks. Housed in a former leather factory, Rich Mix has three digital screens showing main releases alongside independent, art house, and world cinema as well as thought-provoking documentaries.

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Rivington Place

OPENED in 2007, Rivington Place is a RIBA award-winning building designed by David Adjaye in the heart of Shoreditch, and the first purpose built public gallery in London since the Hayward opened in 1968. Programmes and exhibitions are presented by the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) and Autograph ABP, a charity that works internationally in photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.

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Rivington Place

Rolling Stock

THIS bar, gallery and venue for hire is conveniently located just off Kingsland Road, with an eclectic line-up of events ranging from burlesque to film festivals to disco nights. The venue for caters for exhibitions, product launches, corporate events and small parties - or just drop in for drinks and food.

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Rolling Stock

Sculpt & Build

SET up by a Hackney resident, Sculpt & Build makes furniture from reclaimed wood and creates outdoor/indoor spaces. Also works with community groups, and on private and artistic commissions.

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Sculpt & Build

Seventeen (17)

SEVENTEEN is a British contemporary art gallery which opened its doors in 2005. It shows emerging and established contemporary artists through an ever-changing programme of exhibitions.

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Seventeen (17)

Space

FROM humble beginnings, Space has stepped up to the world stage, with work produced within its studios exhibited at international arts fairs, London’s Tate and Serpentine galleries, and the Fourth Plinth. Founded in 1968 by artists Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley and Peter Townsend to support local creatives, Space is one of East London’s pioneering arts organisations, and now among the largest in the country.

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St Matthias Youth Club

A FREE youth club for children, aged eight to 11, in the heart of Dalston. It offers sessions in football, basketball, dodge ball, badminton, table tennis, cricket, pool, art classes, homework club and more run by trained and qualified staff.

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Sutton House

BUILT in 1535 by Sir Ralph Sadlier, Principal Secretary of State to Henry VIII, Sutton House is East London’s oldest domestic property. Now owned by the National Trust, it retains the atmosphere of a traditional Tudor home, despite modification during the Georgian period.

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The Archivist

Situated along the banks of the Regent's Canal near Haggerston Overground Station, The Archivist is a combined gallery and events space with exhibitions all year round. It is renowned for its diverse events on themes ranging from comedy to history, politics to sport and everything in between Past shows include the iconic and masterful portfolio of Storm Thorgerson; a collection of limited edition prints spanning his 45 year career.

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The Archivist

Turning Earth Ceramics

TURNING Earth is a ceramics studio in Haggerston which offers open-access membership and classes for beginners. The studio occupies two large, glass-fronted railway arches under the Kingsland Viaduct, between Hoxton and Haggerston Overground stations.

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Unit G Gallery

Unit G specialises in sourcing work by East London-based artists and designers who do not yet have sufficient space to exhibit and sell it. Exhibitions focus on a variety of genres, including mixed media and textiles, and work can be bought direct from the gallery or online.

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Unit G Gallery

Victoria Miro

A COMMERCIAL gallery of contemporary art featuring the work of established and emerging artists from the USA, Europe and Asia. Housed in 8,000sq ft of converted furniture factory, the gallery has its own garden and landscaped area overlooking a restored stretch of the Regent's Canal in Hoxton.

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Victoria Miro

Waterside Contemporary

A MULTIDISCIPLINARY gallery in Hoxton, Waterside Contemporary works with London-based and international artists to create shows examining the political fringes.

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Waterside Contemporary

Well Hung

Well Hung is a Hoxton-based family run art gallery and framing business located in the heart of the east end of London. Everything they produce is made bespoke in-house by our skilled craftsmen, using only the best possible equipment and materials.

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