Collage Arts

Collage Arts seeks to provide greater access and support to under-represented sections of the community by offering skills, experience and opportunities in music, media, film, photography, performing arts and visual arts, which can lead onto progression routes in further and higher education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Collage Arts is a leading arts development, training and creative regeneration charity at the heart of the Haringey Cultural Quarter. The old Barratt’s Chocolate Factory in Wood Green had been derelict since 1970. In 1986, Collage Arts arrived as squatters, then took at lease and began renting out affordable studio and office space to help incubate creative and socially engaged businesses. Today the organisation has expanded, offering space across three sites with more to follow, housing over 200 artists. Alongside workspace, Collage also offers an array of programmes aimed at improving employability and creating access to the arts and creative industries for people who have challenges to overcome, including young people who are unemployed, BAME women, care leavers and people with health problems among others. Hosting the training and education within the same space as real working creative companies enhances the experience, bringing creative career opportunities to life and contributing to the diversity of a thriving artistic community.

Since the initial investment in 2013 Collage Arts has developed its workspace rental business whilst maintaining a strong focus on its mission to engage people from disadvantaged communities. Chocolate Factory 3, which opened in 2016, now houses over 50 artists and the new post office project is expanding their presence in the area further. Collage Arts are now engaging with Haringey Council around “Meanwhile Spaces” – buildings in areas scheduled for re-development that need a purpose in the interim.

At Collage Arts, we’re about diversity, inclusion, economic growth and support for entrepreneurism. We manage workspace but it’s not the buildings that are exciting, it’s the relationships that are exciting. We build in access to our social projects, giving people access to creativity in their lives and they gain enormous value from that.
Manoj Ambasna, Executive Director
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