Set in a 4,000sqft former print works, Hackney Showroom is a large, flexible cultural venue based at East London’s largest creative hub, Hackney Downs Studios and designed by award-winning architects Citizens Design Bureau.
Launched in March 2015, our vision is to present and produce outstanding performance, work with leading artists and organisations, and create an inclusive, vibrant and accessible community building where people from different communities come together to be inspired, uplifted and emboldened by great art.
To achieve our vision we are commissioning new work, working in partnership with some the UK’s finest artists and companies, and at the same time placing ourselves at the heart of our diverse community, making authentic, long lasting connections with local audiences.
Hackney Showroom is run by New Future Collective, a charity which places itself at the heart of urban and suburban communities, developing people’s creative capacity and enriching their cultural lives through creative and cultural activity. Read about our people here.
Our guiding principles – Make the Impossible Possible, Be Invitational, Make it Happen and Innovate – are inspired by our founding trustee, the late and great Jenny Harris, an outstanding and pioneering cultural and community leader. You can read her obituary in The Guardian here and more about her work here.