We’re excited to announce that Chimney Walk, the newest part of Sugar House Island, will soon be home to multiple free art exhibitions, with new artworks created by local creatives and students. These exhibitions come as a result of our partnership with Hypha Studios, a charity that matches creatives with free space to champion the upcoming generation of east London creative talent.

After an open call, to which 200 people applied, 250 new up-and-coming artists have been selected to create work in one of two spaces at Chimney Walk. These artists include a collective of 12 artists part of SET Woolwich whose work will explore mythologies through performance art, paintings and installations, and a collective of six Indian female artists whose work will focus on the concepts of memory, identity and their homeland. The work these collectives create will be shown in a total of 16 exhibitions, starting from 29 June until mid 2025, with over 60 free workshops and events to attend.

At a time where lack of affordable art space is a huge problem, we’re delighted to be providing these spaces for artistic expression. The Island is already home to talent hubs UD and East London Dance, and this partnership is the next step in our journey in supporting creative talent.

Camilla Cole, Founder of Hypha Studios commented: “East London and Stratford has such a strong creative community, and we hope this collaboration with Sugar House Island will give artists their first opportunity to raise their profile and help them to becoming established and recognised artists.”

The first exhibitions will open to the public on June 29th, so head down and admire the fantastic work by local talent. For more information about the full programme of exhibitions, click here.