Founded in 2013 by Croydon locals, Turf Projects is the first entirely artist-run contemporary art space in Croydon. A registered charity, Turf has supported the work of over 300 artists to date through a programme of free exhibitions, workshops & events. Turf also run; MOSS (a collective of artists living with learning disabilities), a support & residency programme for Croydon School of Art students, family workshops, a youth programme, projects with local schools & more.
Turf’s supporters are essential. Our Friends scheme allows supporters to get behind the scenes and experience first-hand the amazing work that takes place as a result of their support.
// FRIENDS (Donation of £35 per year)
As a friend of Turf, your help will allow us to provide high quality, paid opportunities for emerging artists & help to make contemporary art available to everyone. You’ll also receive:
➮ A free limited edition artist designed patch for each exhibition posted out to you
➮ 25% discount on all Turf Projects editions & publications
➮ 25% discount on use of our workspaces
➮ Invitations to exclusive artist and curator-led tours of new exhibitions
➮ Access to any fully booked free workshop or event
➮ Updates on how your contribution has strengthened the growth of our creative community
➮ Credit on our website & at the entrance of the gallery (if desired!)
You can also make a one-off donation by dropping into the gallery where we’ll be happy to help. We value all support, no matter how small.
// WHAT WE DID IN THE PAST YEAR
➮ Put on 7 exhibitions, which 4200 people came to see for free.
➮ Nearly 1400 people attended our free workshops.
➮ Supported over 70 artists with paid opportunities, through commissions for new work and workshops, working primarily with artists on low incomes.
➮ Provided 3 terms of weekly workshops with MOSS, 2 MOSS exhibitions and a group trip to Beautiful Octopus Club at Southbank Centre.
➮ Supported over 300 young people directly through our youth programmes, including two terms of Saturday workshops with Art Press, Turf’s collective of local artists aged 14-21. Each session was facilitated by a different lead artist, culminating in an exhibition, Divine Repurpose.
➮ Hosted the third Turf x Croydon School of Art residency exclusive to Croydon School of Art Graduates. Louis French completed the residency with culminating exhibition Abra Anthills Complexities.
➮ Worked with 9 local schools on projects and to provide work experience
➮ Expanded our offering of affordable studio space membership to 21 artists & makers (from 5 in 2017), with 90% uptake by local artists.