ABOUT

OUR MISSION

The Bomb Factory Art Foundation was founded on the premise that art, artists and creative culture offer significant value in our society. Our mission is to support artists, cultural organisations and educational institutions to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in the viewing and creation of art. The Bomb Factory enables contemporary visual arts practice to thrive through the provision of affordable studio and exhibition space as well as a supportive network of artists where peer collaboration and critique is encouraged.

All resident artists support the organisation by contributing their skills and time to the public programme. Their engagement with learning and participation enables The Bomb Factory Art Foundation to demonstrate the social value of art.

THE HISTORY

 

The original site of Bomb Factory Art Foundation is based in a Victorian warehouse in Archway, North London. Over the years, the building has been used in a myriad of ways, most notably as a munitions factory during the second world war. The surrounding area at the top of Holloway was heavily bombed in an attempt to destroy the building. The Foundation's name derives from this moment in local history.

Recent acquisitions enabled us to take occupancy at a new site on 535 King's Road, Chelsea. We have been able to house over 50 local artists in this space and have also created a gallery that will serve as an event space for all our normal artistic activities. The gallery is on Lots Road, at The Plaza building where our studios are located.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Over the past six years, The Bomb Factory has established itself as an essential fixture on the London Contemporary Art landscape attracting many visitors to their art exhibitions and cultural events whilst also becoming a valued and important resource for the local community.


The Bomb Factory has galleries in Archway and Chelsea, and both sites hold memorable shows, their latest " Let Them Eat Fake " by Bad Art, attracted over 2,000 visitors in 4 days. 

 
The Bomb Factory cultural programme attracts visitors from all over London,  the UK and beyond.  This includes art exhibitions, film screenings,  workshops,  theatre performances, poetry open mics and music events,  talks and performance art nights.


The Bomb Factory likes to take risks and challenge public and professional perceptions of what constitutes culture stimulating their audiences into experiencing all forms of contemporary art.

 The Bomb Factory enables visual arts practice to thrive through the provision of affordable studios and a supportive network of artists where peer collaboration and critique is encouraged. Our space is one in  which artists from all backgrounds and at any stage in their career can thrive.

We provide an education programme enabling people of any age or background to participate and explore their creative abilities and understanding. We work with many schools, colleges and community groups in our area.

Our tutors are practicing artists and members of The Bomb 
Factory Art Foundation community. 


Our workshops include; Zine making , Performance Art , Painting Printmaking , Cyanotype , Art crits, Mentoring for Teenage artists, Professional Practise , Graffiti T-shirt design and much more.

PRESS

LPC MAGAZINE

Exhibitions closing this week, Prince of Peace / The Gulf Between Us

06 December 2021 by London Paint Club

FAD MAGAZINE

Ally Rosenberg straddles ironic sincerity and sincere Irony

02 December 2021 by Mark Westall 

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

This World-Renowned Artist Is Now Creating Limited-Edition Carpets—And They’re Stunning

30 November 2021 by Rima Suqi

THE ART NEWSPAPER

Hottest emerging art exhibitions to see in London this weekend

19 November 2021 by Kabir Jhala

THE STAGE

Theatre for women and non-binary writers to open in north London

1 November 2021 by Giverny Masso 

IPSWICH STAR

Artist sweetens the pill with disco balls and steel prints

17 September 2021 by Bridget Galton

 

ISLINGTON GAZETTE 

Virtual carnival, theatre and art

14 September 2021 by Emma Bartholomew

DAZED 

Welcome to Fabootique!, the queer pop-up making Camden weird again

03 September 2021

FAD MAGAZINE 

JOURNEY MERCIES, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY NIGERIAN ARTIST KEN NWADIOGBU

06 July 2021 by Mark Westall

FINANCIAL TIMES

Old Masters bow to younger generation

17 December 2020 by Melanie Gerlis

THE ART NEWSPAPER

'Gorgeous, repellent, savagely erotic': Polly Morgan slithers into our subconscious at London's Bomb Factory

19 October 2020 by Louisa Buck

i-D VICE

An epic watch list of 10 short films by British Asian directors

02 September 2020 by Frankie Dunn

DEZEEN

Squashed serpents feature in Polly Morgan's How To Behave At Home exhibition

26th August 2020 by Natasha Levy 

FAD ART

British sculptor and taxidermist Polly Morgan upcoming exhibition How to Behave at Home

13 August 2020 by Mark Westall

VISUAL ARTISTS IRELAND 

Critique Scaffold 

3rd November 2019 by Chris Hayes 

SLADE SCHOOL OF FINE ART

Shell Shelter and Raven Ravine - The Bomb Factory Art Foundation 

3rd September 2019 by UCL

KENTISH TOWNER 

Why Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger is ensconced in a creative space in N19

12 April 2018 by Alison Ryan 

 

 

The Bomb Factory is an exciting, dynamic arts hub based across two sites; Archway, North London and Chelsea, South West London. Holding high profile exhibitions and events, we also provide studio spaces and a supportive community for over 75 resident artists as well as wide-ranging education and outreach programmes for the local communities of North and South West London.

AIMS & COMMITMENTS 

  • ​To support artists through providing affordable studio spaces with an active creative community.

  • To provide conditions in which artists from all backgrounds and at any stage in their career can thrive.​

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  • To encourage participation in the arts in the local and wider community by providing an active programme of exhibitions, screenings and performance events, workshops and community projects in our gallery and workshop space. ​

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  • ​​To provide an education programme enabling people of any age or background to participate and explore their creative abilities and understanding.

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  • To offer opportunities for the creation of work and exchange, as well as an introduction to the wider art community and networks through our outreach projects with local schools, colleges and institutions.

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  • To forge relationships with like-minded organisations both nationally and internationally, with the intention of fostering creative, dynamic and mutually beneficial collaborations.

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  • To create a sustainable arts-hub that serves the local and wider artistic community, and to encourage excluded groups and individuals to feel included.

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  • To take risks and challenge public and professional perceptions of what constitutes contemporary visual culture stimulating our audiences into experiencing all forms of contemporary art.

OUR BENEFACTORS 

 

​The Bomb Factory Art Foundation is supported in part by the generous help of the partnership between Islington Council and the Cripplegate Foundation.