Three FREE London Exhibition Spaces for Emerging Artists

London: it’s a hub of creativity and art. However, how are new artists supposed to develop and showcase their work in this wonderful city when funding for the arts is ever dwindling in the UK?  

Luckily, some kind souls have set up exhibition spaces for emerging creatives across the city, where you have the opportunity to display your art free of charge. Dream come true!

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Setting up an exhibition is a lot of work, so if this is your first one it’s good to think what your aims for the exhibition are. Why do you want to exhibit? What do you want to get out of it?

Although the opportunities below are free, you may have to cover costs such as promotion and transport. It may be boring, but it’s essential to think about the admin and operations of your exhibition as well as the fun exhibiting part!

Here’s three venues in London that offer free space to new artists:

The Flying Dutchman, Camberwell

On Tuesdays, self-confessed strong supporters of the arts and ‘Love Pub’ The Flying Dutchman gives students the chance to host their own exhibition, for free, from 12pm-12am. They do require a £75 deposit but this is refunded once the bar makes £250 on the night and provided there are no damages. The bar is half-priced throughout the night so that should be made back in no time!

Find out more and book the space on their website here.

Guest Projects, Hackney

Renowned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare set up the ‘Guest Projects’ initiative on the ground floor of his very own studio. It’s designed to give young artists of any discipline (dance, visual arts, film, music) a free space to create and showcase their work over an entire one-month residency.

There will be five projects running in 2020, so get applying before the deadline of 31st May 2019:

Cass Art, Islington & Kingston

Art company Cass Art aim to support local artists, and host regular exhibitions, events and workshops in ‘The Art Spaces’. Artists can apply to use the spaces for free for these purposes. The London spaces are situated at Islington and Kingston (but they are all around the country at Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool).

Get in touch with them on the website here.

The Pistonhead Foundation has supported several exhibitions from emerging artists, providing things like free stock and social media promotion. If you need our help, get in touch with us here: