Albany is a performing arts centre in Deptford, South-East London that is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of its current building. It is a well-respected local employer, that has recently taken over the management of both Canada Water Cultural Space and Deptford Lounge
The Albany aims to provide:
- An artistic and community resource where diversity and creativity flourish.
- A space where new talent is nurtured and exposed to ideas from across the world.
- High quality creative experiences relating to the communities we serve.
- A creative centre for learning within the community, contributing to the cultural, social and economic benefit of South East London.
Based in the heart of Deptford, the Albany is a performing arts centre with a history stretching back to the nineteenth century. Over the last few years, we have emerged as a new type of arts venue, very much driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. Involving people, through participation and partnerships, is central to our work and is essential to the delivery of our vision.
During the last year over 100,000 people visited the Albany and used our facilities, including audiences of over 25,000 for more than 200 events. The Albany has four performance spaces, including its unique central performance space, with a capacity of 300 seated and 500 for standing events.
The Albany is re-establishing itself as a significant London arts venue, building on our reputation as a home and seeding ground for creative development in the performing arts. We are a social enterprise, earning over 50% of our own income and we are grateful for the support of the London Borough of Lewisham, Arts Council England
The Albany’s programme encompasses a range of music, theatre and spoken word, as well as an array of participatory projects. Our other facilities include a café bar, rehearsal and meeting rooms for hire, and office space. Also resident at the Albany are twenty one companies – including the internationally renowned Heart n Soul who work with artists with learning disabilities, Apples & Snakes, the UK’s leading performance poetry organisation and a number of other arts and community organisations including Entelechy Arts, The Independent Theatre Council, Stonecrabs Theatre Company, Yellow Earth, Kali Theatre, Lewisham Education Arts Network, Montage Theatre Arts and Headway.
A friendly place to work, the Albany is a well-respected local employer that is committed to principals of equality and diversity, and to training and developing its staff.