The Assembly Room is a charming upper hall at the bottom end of the Stanley Arts complex. Light and welcoming it serves as a wonderful rehearsals and workshop space during the day and can also be used as a wonderfully intimate space for parties, small scale performances and intimate gigs.
With recent investments in both the lighting and sound infrastructure in the Assembly, supported in part by Croydon Music City, we are now well equipped to support mid-scale music, dance, comedy and theatre events. We have a particular tradition of hosting family shows, music gigs and stand-up in this great space.
Additional funding from the Arts Council and National Lottery Community Fund has recently allowed us to equip the Assembly as a streaming studio to help hirers get online content out to their subscribers. The four camera setup in the Assembly, integrated sound system, and the dedicated data stream to the building, means that streams are of a consistently high quality.
Stanley Arts aims to be one of South London’s premiere arts and performance centre. We offer a platform for the brightest and best of South London’s artistic community; giving local creatives the opportunity to reach out to audiences from across the city and beyond.
We are a radically inclusive space that welcomes all audiences; and one that is particularly welcoming to communities that have previously been excluded from creative spaces. This means that we will seek to foreground the stories and work of both artists of colour and queer and LGBTQ+ communities.
With the inherent challenges of a Grade 2 listed building, we do not currently have full access to all our spaces for all disabled communities but, as we seek funding for capital improvements, expanding access across the site is at the forefront of our future development plans.
We seek to give emerging artists across all art forms, and the creative technologies of the future, the opportunity to grow through innovation, collaboration and participation.
Stanley Arts is a Grade II listed Edwardian arts venue at Norwood Junction. A fascinating complex of unique Edwardian buildings built in 1904-11, the Halls comprise an art gallery, theatre hall and assembly rooms. The building was donated and designed for his local community by William Ford Robinson Stanley (1829-1909); a prominent local inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.
Stanley Arts is now run by SPI, a charity established by the local community to re-open, manage, improve and restore Stanley Halls. William Stanley’s vision for the halls was centred around the promotion of: “Justice, Liberty and Science”. SPI aim is to encourage the community to use, improve, preserve and love Stanley Arts now and for future generations.
See the Living Heritage section for more on the history and plans of Stanley Arts at Norwood Junction, in the heart of South Norwood.