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 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.



Over the past five years, The Bomb Factory has established itself as an important fixture on the London Contemporary Art landscape whilst also becoming a valued and important resource for the local community.


The Bomb Factory attracts visitors from all over London and beyond, who engage in our exhibition and education programmes. This includes art exhibitions, screenings, workshops, performances, poetry and music events, as well as talks and performance art open mics.





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

26th August 2020 by Natasha Levy 


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

13 August 2020 by Mark Westall


Critique Scaffold 

3rd November 2019 by Chris Hayes 


Shell Shelter and Raven Ravine - The Bomb Factory Art Foundation 

3rd September 2019 by UCL


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 in Archway, North London. Holding high profile exhibitions and events, we also provide studio spaces and a supportive community for 30 resident artists as well as a wide-ranging education programme for the local community. 


  • ​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.​


  • 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. ​


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


  • 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.


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


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


  • 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.



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