Front Room Programme

Alongside the artist residencies at The White House, the house hosts the Front Room Programme, this includes coffee mornings, cookery classes, arts & craft groupspoetry grouppainting classestalks & film screenings, facilitated by local people.

The Front Room Programme has been designed so far with people that come to the house, and we are open to all your suggestions. Most activity is free, some sessions take donations for materials and facilitators.

Current and upcoming programmes and Events

Events supporting the development of artists, makers and creative professionals


Free studio space for artists, makers and community organisers


Free Youth Group for 13-18 year olds to play tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons and design community projects

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Introductory carpentry skills, planting, clearing the site for renovation and learning about permaculture.

Learn about henna and create your own designs.

Explore painting that is meaningful to you while learning various paint and brush techniques.


Chow down with other creatives aged 18-30

A social group for adults interested in poetry to share their poems and find inspiration for new poems.

Barking & Dagenham's first and only poetry slam! The event follows slam poetry tradition, bringing poetry to the people, into the home.


Previous Events and Programmes

Social group for adults with disabilities. Meet new people and socialise in a safe environment.

Another Single Mother was a performance directed and produced by Christina Ford and starring mothers and children.

Meet up for single parent families.

These sessions ran every Saturday and were open to all families in the borough. They learnt recipes and healthy living.

Jack, Jill and the Beanstalk was a humorous, irreverent socialist pantomime co-written with local director Christina Ford.

A series of workshops led by Karen Lewis exploring the process of carving a design into lino and printing it with inks.

A group for all drawing abilities to socialise, learn new skills and express yourself through drawing.

Using a variety of themed craft projects, it encourages participants to reflect on their lives and set out on a personal journey from brokenness to hope.

The Sofa Slammers took Barking and Dagenham's first poetry slam to the Change Makers at The Broadway

A fun and social way to learn new skills and create beautiful fabric crafts, with local artist Laouami.

The White House was commissioned by Creative Barking and Dagenham to produce a workshop and interactive performances at Dagfest 2018.


Creative skills and training for 16-25 year olds. Your chance to design innovative events and work with arts professionals