The Cubitt Community Studios Programme offers artists affordable studio space in central London in return for voluntary time working with the communities in which they are based. This is an innovative inspiring partnership with St Luke’s Community Centre and Cubitt, founded on a belief in the value to society of what artists create in their studios and how they work, and a belief in the value for participants taking part in creative practice.  

The programme began in 2013 at St Luke’s Community Centre and later at The Mildmays - a trio of extra care settings run by Notting Hill Genesis housing trust. In July 2018 Cubitt is launching four studios in Arts and Media School Islington. 

There are 5 artists in studios at St Luke’s:

John Close specialises in drawing

Julie Rafalski makes graphic design, collage and installation

Julia Hayes works with drawing, painting and performance

Paul Crook is a filmmaker

Angela Conway makes drawings, paintings and sculpture 

Over the past 5 years the activities artists have developed with members include working with the cookery school to create an exhibition of drawings of fruit and vegetables in the dining, making a giant inflatable sculpture for the entrance at St Luke’s, a monthly men’s photography group, weekly observational drawing classes and support at events: children’s drawing workshops for The Great Get Together, and designing posters for Christmas Lunch, International Women’s Day and St Luke’s Day. 

Artists studios at St Luke’s Image credit: Marta Corada