Turf is the first entirely artist-run contemporary art space in Croydon, founded in 2013 by Croydon locals. A registered charity, we’ve supported the work of over 400 artists to date through a programme of free exhibitions, workshops & events. We also run two collectives (MOSS: a collective of local learning disabled artists and Art Press: a collective of local young artists), a support & residency programme for Croydon School of Art students, family workshops, a youth programme, projects with local schools & more.
For a donation of £35 you can become 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
➮ Credit on our website & at the gallery (if desired!)
You can also donate by dropping into the gallery when we’re open where we’ll be happy to help. We value all support, no matter how small.
Are you a business who wants to help or show their support to our charity in some way? Get in touch at email@example.com and let’s chat! Take a look at our supporters section on our about page to see who’s helped us so far.
(aka where your donation ends up!)
➮ We put on 7 exhibitions, which over 4000 people came to see for free.
➮ Over 1400 people attended our free workshops.
➮ We supported over 50 artists with paid opportunities, through commissions for new work and workshops, working primarily with artists on low incomes.
➮ We ran 3 terms of weekly workshops with MOSS, 1 MOSS artist solo exhibition, facilitated 3 individual artist projects, 1 workshop led by a MOSS artist and two firsts – a group artist residency at Cherry Orchard Centre and a regular client commissioning MOSS to produce a mural and collaborative design for an event.
➮ We worked with over 600 children & young people directly through our family, schools & youth programmes, including Family Art Fun Day workshops, and monthly Saturday sessions with Art Press, Turf’s collective of local artists aged 14-21, and their group exhibition People of the Pizza (Dominos Please Sponsor Us).
➮ We worked with 5 local community organisations to offer workshops, work experience placements, and priority workshop and project spaces to those most in need.
➮ We hosted the fourth Turf x Croydon School of Art residency exclusive to Croydon School of Art Graduates. Henrique Paris completed the residency with culminating exhibition Home is where the body isn’t.
➮ We worked with 8 local schools on projects and to provide work experience
➮ We continued to offer our affordable studio membership to 20+ artists & makers with 100% uptake by South London artists.