Project Space: a free creative space for Croydon locals

Project Space is a creative community project space which is FREE to use by Croydon locals for projects, events and exhibitions for up to two weeks.

The aim of the Project Space is to give local people and organisations the chance to test out ideas and give projects shape that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to, in a landscape where space is increasingly challenging to find at reasonable cost. Set against a backdrop of regeneration we’ve heard from a lot of people in Croydon that it feels like space to grow and experiment is dwindling, and that it’s even harder to find a space with good access and visibility.

About the space:

  • Approx 38 sq/m
  • Window visibility with the shopping centre
  • Projector
  • Full cork wall

The conditions of free use of the Project Space:

  • You must be living and/or working in Croydon, or working directly with a locals on your project.
    We offer alternative forms of exchange with groups outside of Croydon wanting to use the space, which often take the form of workshops run with local groups, but we are open to suggestions.
  • For any creative use. We have a very open definition of ‘creative’. Note that though it is a good space for it, your use does not have to be open to the public – the space has been used for public exhibitions and workshops, but also for rehearsals, photoshoots, and simply as space to work and experiment on something.
  • You can use the Project Space for up to two weeks, but note that the days the space is open to the public is during Turf’s opening hours; Wednesday – Saturday 11am-5pm.
    Therefore the total open run of your project can be up to 8 days. Currently we can only offer the space at no charge if it’s within days we’re already open, as we’re all part time as Turf and working second jobs. We may be able to open on days outside of Wed-Sat, but have to charge a hire fee to cover staff time.
  • You’d be responsible for all of the install, take down and marketing of what you do and you must leave the space as you found it. The Project Space is an ‘arms length’ space hosted by Turf (rather than part of our main programme). We can offer advice but can’t directly assist with install, marketing or running of projects.

Project Space availability:

Note slots are listed by the week, but you can book up to two weeks.

  • November 24-27: BOOKED
  • December 1 – 4: BOOKED
  • December 8 – 11: BOOKED
  • December 15 – 18: Available
  • January 12 – 15, 2022: Available
  • January 19 – 22, 2022: Available
  • January 26 – February 5, 2022: BOOKED
  • February 9 – 12, 2022: Available
  • February 16 – 19, 2022: BOOKED
  • February 23 – 26, 2022: BOOKED
  • March 2 – 5, 2022: BOOKED
  • March 9 – 12, 2022: BOOKED
  • March 16 – 19, 2022:BOOKED
  • March 23 – 26, 2022:BOOKED
  • March 30 – April 2, 2022: Available
  • April 6 – 9, 2022: Available
  • April 13 – 16, 2022: Available
  • April 20 – 23, 2022: Available
  • April 27 – 30, 2022: Available
  • May 4 – 7, 2022: Available
  • May 11 – 14, 2022: Available
  • May 18 – 21, 2022: Available
  • May 25 – 28, 2022: Available

Past Project Space users:

 

Project Space was formerly known as LOFT and run under the Croydon Arts Store project.  Upon the winding up of the project by the council in 2020, Turf continued the free project space provision for locals, moving the space to the 1st floor so that it would be mobility accessible.