When in 1992, artist Paul Monks set up his studio in the former Hackney Hospital, he inadvertently set in motion one of London's most progressive arts enterprises.
As his workspace became a refuge for curious patients from the psychiatric ward, the idea of an open studio for sufferers of mental health problems was born.
Several successful exhibitions later, Core Arts was formally established as a registered charity with a mission to use art to break down prejudice and promote participation.
The organisation has grown into a large member-led project, run by professional artists, writers and musicians providing education, support and facilities for people experiencing mental health issues.
Based in Homerton, the centre houses studios, a performance space and gallery, where it runs a range of courses, workshops, exhibitions and concerts.