Artist spotlight

What does it mean to be a Bow Arts Artist?

Artist opportunities

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Develop professionally

The Lakeside Centre offers many opportunities to share your work and foster creativity in the local community through workshops, exhibitions, film screenings and much more. We offer more than just a studio space. We provide opportunities to help you to develop professionally, through workshops, training sessions, peer crits, panel discussions and the sale of your art through Own Art.

What’s going on?

Visit our gallery

The Media Space at the Lakeside Centre with two people enjoying the artwork on displat

Lakeside Centre Media Space

In our rooftop project space, we hold workshops, exhibitions, film screenings as well as residencies throughout the year.

Art in the Docks gallery with artwork on display

Venue Hire

Need a space for your workshop, class or exhibition? Hire our spaces at the Lakeside Centre.

Around the area…

We are proud to work locally with Harris Garrard Academy, Willow Bank Primary School and YMCA’s Lakeside Nursery delivering an innovative programme of workshops, projects and training.

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The Y on the Lake Café

The Y on the Lake Café is a on-site, flexible and welcoming space for people to meet, eat, relax, work and learn.

Thamesmead Travelling Cinema

The Thamesmead Travelling Cinema is a 25-seater mobile outdoor community cinema made for the people of Thamesmead. They host seasonal screenings co-programmed for, by and with local residents from Thamesmead.

Lakeside Affordable Darkroom

A darkroom providing affordable facilities for photography practitioners within an empowering community.

YMCA’s Lakeside Nursery

A 58-place Lakeside Nursery which provides a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which a child’s personality and confidence can develop in preparation for school.

Southmere Lake with four brutalist buildings on the other side

Southmere Park and Lake

Surrounding the Lakeside Centre is Southemere’s beautiful park and lake on the edge of an ancient woodland.