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From humble beginnings, Space has stepped up to the world stage, with work produced within its studios exhibited at international arts fairs, London's Tate and Serpentine galleries, and the Fourth Plinth. 

Founded in 1968 by artists Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley and Peter Townsend to support local creatives, Space is one of East London's pioneering arts organisations, and now among the largest in the country. 

By providing affordable creative workspace plus support programmes, such as exhibitions, artists residencies, bursaries and training opportunities, the project has been at the vanguard in promoting the social role of artists and sponsoring experimentation, spatial regeneration and education in Hackney and beyond.

With its strong emphasis on public engagement, Space runs a number of outreach initiatives alongside its gallery and studios, including residency, young people's and artist-as-neighbour programmes. 

The organisation now has over 700 affiliated artists and creative tenants, working across traditional media and more radical artistic platforms including Yinka Shonibare, Mark Wallinger and Rebecca Warren.

Home to the Triangle artist studio building, SPACE Exhibitions, CoLab, New Creative Markets and the SPACE office, much of SPACE's activity is programmed and takes place at 129-131 Mare Street.

Space's other location is The White Building in Hackney Wick.


129-131 Mare St


E8 3RH


United Kingdom

Phone: 020 8525 4330



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Opening hours
Office hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

Gallery hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
Sat: 1-6pm 

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