Make Room

Make Room is a new creative development programme at The White House designed to make room for new voices and ideas in our programme, supporting under-represented groups to have agency within the arts and their communities. 

Make Room will support artists to develop their practice through a programme of events, mentoring opportunities, studio and project bursaries, and creative co-working. The programme will develop organically and collaboratively, shaped by those who engage with it, with the aim of developing cooperative ways of working, helping to democratise decision making across our programme.  

Make Room will take a proactive approach to make room for individuals and groups who are under-represented and face barriers to participate and establish careers in the arts. 

What we mean when we say ‘Artist’?

Make Room is for everyone, you don’t need formal arts training/education to be involved or even need to refer to yourself as an ‘artist’. When we use the term ‘artist’ it encompasses many different acts and forms of creativity. You could be involved in making, community organizing, local activism, be part of a community group or collective, organise events, curate, write poetry or stories, collect or archive found material, make film/video or music, photograph, paint, draw, sculpt, design, make sound/light installations or design/make fashion and textiles.

 

Studio Bursary

Studio Bursaries provide free dedicated studio space, access to one-to-one mentoring and a travel stipend with the aim of helping to alleviate the financial constraints of art making and widen access to opportunities within the arts. 

 

Project Bursary

Project Bursaries provide support to develop and test a creative idea that responds to your local community with positive change at its core, with the aim of developing new approaches to community-led programming.

 

Applications are now closed for the Studio and Project Bursary

 
 

Background to Make Room

Make Room builds on The White House’s commitment to create new opportunities for artists connected to Barking and Dagenham and surrounding boroughs. We aim to challenge notions of formal training environments and lay foundations for a new kind of support framework for artists working in the local area. 

Make Room was developed in response to the Artist Development Residency, a programme of development activity supporting 6 artists connected to Barking & Dagenham which took place through summer 2018, facilitated by Raju Rage.

Make Room will take a proactive approach to make room for individuals and groups who are under-represented and face barriers to participate and establish careers in the arts.