The Stanley Yard Bar is on the lower level of the decked area in the middle of Stanley Arts back yard. This large open yard is a flexible space which is used in the summer for outdoor gigs and stand up comedy. In the winter we put out marquees and gas heaters to keep our customers snug. With a range of beer on tap from local brewery Cronx and wines, spirits and cocktails, the Yard Bar is a great way to spend a lazy summer’s weekend afternoon or get a cosy outdoor drink with friends on an autumn evening.
The Yard Bar is generally open at weekends from spring through to the beginning of autumn. Every summer we run a series of outdoor events in the space. The Yard Bar also available for exclusive hire for parties, performances and gigs – either as a standalone space or as an extension to one of our adjoining indoor spaces.
Standing as it does in the centre of Stanley Arts the Yard Bar and decking is directly accessible from the main Stanley Hall, the Society Room, the Scene Dock and the Social Café.
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.