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Arts and Culture


In SE16 we have an amazingly creative community. All sorts of cultural and artistic activities flourish across Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Surrey Quays and Canada Water. Below we have collected together a range of articles from the website that tell the story of many of those creative ventures. If you know of more arts and culture that should be included here please let us know. Just write to and we will make every effort to include new aspects of the arts in SE16.

SE16 Festival


In February 2016, we ran the SEE16 Community Arts Festival. Over 30 events were held over the long weekend in seventeen venues. Hundreds of people filled the seats at concerts, plays and gigs. Loads of children of all ages got stuck in making music or art themselves. We had a great time and hope to repeat the festival in 2017.

Dance in SE16: fitness, fun and glittery glam!

By |December 1st, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Community, Health, Sport & fitness|

We are delighted to have another guest post from Polina Liu - local and a personal trainer – introduces us to some of the dance options in SE16 It is that time of the year again party season approaching, [...]

Jonathan Petherbridge and London Bubble

By |November 29th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Community, People|

The origins of London Bubble lie not in Rotherhithe but in Kentish Town! London Arts set up the company to tour theatre around the outer boroughs, delivering Ibsen and Shakespeare in drafty church halls. By the [...]

Open Air Art

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Heritage|

We are greatly blessed with loads of public art in SE16. Much of it is unknown even to old timers so we thought we'd tell you a little more about what's here to be seen [...]

Inclusion for All, Shaun Dellenty and BOY

By |November 8th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, People|

How do we build a school culture that welcomes diversity and supports the identity of every pupil and staff member? In Rotherhithe, we have a prominent advocate for inclusion and an inspiring leader for greater [...]

Rotherhithe’s Hippodrome

By |October 23rd, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Heritage|

We are pleased to welcome Mike Reardon – one of the contributors who keep this website going - as our guest writer today. Hi I’m Mike Reardon and I was not only brought up here, [...]

Albert McKenzie VC

By |October 20th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Heritage, People, What's on|

London is full of statues to long forgotten generals and field-marshals. It's not very often that an ordinary lad from a poor background gets to be memorialized in our streets. And even more unusual is [...]

A Concert Hall for SE16

By |October 13th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Heritage, People|

The problem for Robert Hulse - Director of the Brunel Museum - was that everyone who came to the Engine House wanted to see the tunnel itself. Buried some hundred feet below the museum the [...]

Artouride – Art and Design on the move

By |October 11th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Community, People|

Buy a shipping container, fill it with ten Brompton folding bikes and set up your business in an active boatyard - and do it all on Boxing Day 2011! "Not a bad way to make [...]

CGP London – in the heart of Southwark Park

By |September 17th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture|

We have a unique gallery in Southwark Park, one organisation with two complementary spaces. One the Cafe Gallery is at the heart of the park whilst the second - Dilston Grove - sits on the [...]

Album Gallery

By |July 14th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Community, People, SE16Network|

We all love a good picture but Paul Bridge is out to persuade us that great photographs are worth printing and putting on display. ‘Too often today people see photography as disposable,’ says Paul. ‘But [...]

Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society

By |March 18th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, Community, Newsletter, What's on|

Our local choir has become a local institution yet many who live here really don’t know much about it. Their Musical Director Sue Heath-Downey gave me an hour and a half of her time to [...]

Sands Film Concerts

By |February 24th, 2015|Categories: All, Art and Culture, SE16Network, What's on|

The music scene in SE16 has recently been enhanced with the opening of the Sands Films Studio as a World Music venue. The person behind this transformation is Eleanor Thorn who as TunedIn.London has been [...]