Community Development

At Eat Work Art community is everything. We create artist communities that spark off each other to create magic. We also believe that creative hubs benefit from working with the wider community. At Eat Work Art we work closely with local charities, young children and other community initiatives to offer our residents opportunities to collaborate and contribute to local neighbourhoods.

Working with the local community

Evelyn Court Project

Hackney Downs Studios and neighbouring housing development Evelyn Court are working on a creative community project that will include shared artistic projects. This project started with the idea of transforming a shared wall between The Russet's secret garden and neighbouring housing estate Evelyn Court, and has now grown to encompass a programme of community arts including street art, photography, a video diary booth, cookery workshop, grow your own herbs demonstration and live performance.

Pavilion East 

Netil House, SPACE Studios and The Trampery London Fields partnered to create Pavilion East, a pop-up pavilion on Mare Street Triangle, as part of London Design Festival in September 2013.

Pavilion East offered an interactive and accessible platform for design: a meeting place, a place to observe and interact with, a place to play. Located on the corner of Westgate Street and Mare Street, Pavilion East acted as a space for workshops, talks, installations and exhibitions during the east London focus of the The London Design Festival. Pavilion East was supported by Hackney Council.

THE WALL Project

Hackney Downs Studios partnered with gab to create an outdoor art gallery featuring works created by schools in the local community. THE WALL project saw 60 artists and local community groups create new works on large plywood panels that were then hung along Hackney Downs Studios' car park wall, creating a huge outdoor gallery. 

Hackney Responsible Employer

We are proud to be a Hackney Responsible Employer.

Working with young people

Pitch It

Pitch It! is a creative mentoring social enterprise based in Hackney for 16 - 25 year olds from lower socio-economic settings looking to break into London's creative sphere. Partnering with Hackney Downs Studios and Netil House, residents from different creative industries offer their time for a mentoring relationship with a local young person.

What's Cooking

Volunteers from Hackney Downs Studios teamed up with social enterprise What's Cooking to help vulnerable local young people get a taste of the catering industry. 

The Russet cafe hosted a series of What's Cooking workshops for young people from Hackney's City Academy School spring 2012 and 2013. The cookery based workshops inspire young people through hands-on learning experiences, giving real life skills to school children with behavioural difficulties, learning difficulties and other challenges in their lives. The workshops offer vital experience and a supportive atmosphere to help them succeed in an environment outside of the classroom.

Working with charities

Sponsoring Care-Leaver Theatre Charity

In 2013, The Big House Theatre Company celebrated the completion of its first 11 week project for care leavers with the premier of Phoenix. This project was developed out of the institution's innovative 11-week personal and social development project for care leavers aged 16 – 25. We are proud to sponsor and support this transformative charity as resident at Hackney Downs Studios.

St Joseph’s

In 2013 Netil House  held a fundraising ball that raised significant funds for local hospice St Joseph's. 

The venue was perfect and though it was hard work and completely different to what we are all used to, the event was a huge success raising an amazing £14,765.58. It was a pleasure working with you and your team, please pass on my thanks to everyone who was involved and made us feel so welcome.

[Anita Brien: Community Fundraiser - St Joseph's]

I'm really impressed by Netil House's efforts to engage and inspire young people and connect the local community in creative ways. This year they are piloting two projects focused on mentoring opportunities and offering young people direct commercial experience and we look forward to working with them moving forward and forging strong local bonds.

[Sumi Ejiri: Community Regeneration Officer - Fashion Hub]