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The Studio is a new contemporary arts space opening at the Horniman in autumn 2018, as part of the redisplay and redevelopment works currently underway.

The Studio is giving the Horniman the opportunity to put community groups and artists at the centre of our exhibitions and public programme. The new space will be the hub of an exciting new programme of exhibitions, events, and activities, inspired by the anthropology collection and co-curated by the Collective, a group made up of staff, artists and community members from groups involved in creative support programmes across South London.

The Collective is made up of:

  • Anna-Maria Amato – an artist and curator of the SHARP Gallery in Brixton, which exhibits work by emerging artists, many of whom are mental health service users        
  • Joe Francis – a songwriter from a musical background, whose involvement with patients at St Christopher's Hospice has revitalised his interest in all kinds of arts, especially pottery
  • Judith Fernandes – a service user of Three Cs, which supports people with learning disabilities and/or mental health challenges, who also volunteers with the Horniman and Three Cs’ allotment
  • Julia Austin – an active member of organisations campaigning for and working with disabled people, and a member of the Horniman's Access Advisory Group for a number of years
  • Lu Firth – a community worker with a particular interest in textiles, who runs arts and heritage projects with diverse audiences
  • Michael Cox – a keen photographer who regularly attends workshops at the Horniman as part of the Community Connections group for older people
  • Nicolas Gonzalez – a musician and music group facilitator in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre at Blackfriars Settlement, who also volunteers with creative arts charity Heart N Soul
  • Nigel Looker – a lifelong Forest Hill resident, who is a peer support volunteer with MIND and attends the Community Connections Group at the Horniman
  • Philip Baird – an artist, musician and mental health service user, who is an Arts Ambassador for both Arts Network, a mental health arts organisation based in Lewisham, and the Dragon Café 
  • Victor Rios– an actor, filmmaker and director, and a member of the Paper Project, a group of young migrant and refugee artists who create innovative, cross-arts performances
  • Serena Korda
  • and members of the Horniman team.

The development of The Studio and the wider anthropology redisplay project has £3.3m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Horniman is raising an additional £1.3m through grant-making bodies and public donations, to complete the project.

To support the project text ‘HORN17 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5, give online at horniman.ac.uk/worldgallery or donate £1 via the contactless reader at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.