Lon-art opens a window into herstories, art, culture and languages through education workshops and community events.
Our vision is to improve the accessibility of creativity, culture and learning for everybody through the arts, with a particular focus on women and gender issues.
Our mission is to provide a platform for communities, female artists and art educators to collaborate, reflect and create.
First established in 2010, and a Community Interest Company (CIC) since 2017, Lon-art’s activities have been growing and changing steadily over the past seven years. We started designing art workshops for communities and leading alternative tours at the National Gallery to reflect on women’s visibility in the history of art. Three years ago, we decided to put all our efforts into fighting back against the injustices to women. This led to the creation of Sheroes, a feminist project whose objective is to highlight hidden herstories. Since then, we have organised two exhibitions, a number of panels talks, a bespoke website and art workshops not only showcasing and celebrating women’s voices but also advocating for systemic changes to our current system which undermines women’s place in society. This project has reached over 2500 people in the past 18 months.
Among our partners are numerous organisations and cultural venues including: Centrepoint, IARS, Oxford House in Bethnal Green, Idea Store (Watney Market and Whitechapel), FORWARD, Spitalfields Housing Association, Up Your Street (an East London women’s group), Tower Hamlets, Rich Mix, Herstory, Ugly Duck, Procreate, LAWRS, universities and schools.
Although based in London, our vision and mission are universal. Lon-art’s concept was born in India, in a children’s house, where the Lon-art’s founder, Maria, spent three months working with children as an art educator. Six years later we had the chance to collaborate in Greece in 2016, as part of Symbiosis, an arts festival for refugees in Lesbos, which focused on helping women in the refugee camps to have art activities for themselves and their children.
Lon-art’s core team have broad experience in education (Modern Languages, IT and Art & Design), community work, the art world, social work, marketing and events, translation and the charity sector.
“The tour was a great way to spend some time in London. The National Gallery is really big and can be pretty daunting trying to figure out where to start. The tour was a really great way to learn about paintings of and by women in the Gallery in a more personal setting. It provided an opportunity to think about and engage with the works that we saw through a different lens than we are often accustomed to. I highly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend.”
Engagement of non-British young people in activities is paramount to their future integration but it is a challenge. However, Lon-art came with a unique, creative & interactive project to tackle exactly that. Centrepoint wants now to extrapolate the project in all its services. Besides, Lon-art staff are open, approachable and flexible in running the project and they made a massive impact not only in young people’s engagement but also in raising staff interest and engagement. I am glad to work with them.
Asmerom Woldegebriel, Immigration & Integration Manager, Centrepoint
For Oxford House, working with Lon-art always means success. After hosting ‘The Salon of Spanish Rejects’ at our gallery in 2014, Lon-art has run other workshops here and won one of our creative contests. We hope to maintain our collaboration in the future because to be part of Lon-art’s projects is a real honour.
Eva Carmona, Marketing and Communications Officer, Oxford House
I just thought it was such a great day. We had three amazing different events happening, that you guys ran for us. You guys were so enthusiastic, you got the kids to be enthusiastic… It was a great, great success, one of the best events we’ve actually had.
Rajia Khan, Black History Month Co-ordinator, Idea Store
MEET OUR TEAM
Co-founder & Creative Director
I am an art historian and art educator, and one of the founders of Lon-art.org. The organisation is the result of a long process of exploring different walks of life, travelling and reflecting on art, education and social matters. I am the one designing and delivering the projects. I am passionate about educating people through the arts and empowering them to create a better society.
Co-founder, Events & Marketing Manager
I am one of Lon-art.org’s founders. I have experience organising events, and producing and delivering marketing strategies. I make sure that the events at Lon-art.org run smoothly and in a professional way. I also take care of the budget and expenses for every project. But what I love is reaching many people through social media and letting them know about our projects!
Director of Operations
I was witness to Lon-art’s conception, working on the organisation’s first ever workshop in Vienna. My background is very varied: I am a ceramicist and translator with experience in International Relations and Advertising. Such versatility allows me to get involved in Lon-art’s range of activities at many levels: I manage our finances, marketing and PR strategies, and I also deliver some of our workshops.
Education & Exhibitions Officer
I am an art historian and qualified languages teacher. I help design and facilitate workshops with Lon-art.org and I am assisting in the curation of the organisation’s second Social Exhibition. I am particularly interested in non-Western art and initiatives combining museum and gallery education with Modern Foreign Languages and EAL.
Art Educator & Ceramic Artist
I am an anthropologist, youth worker, facilitator and ceramicist. As an artist, I experiment with different textures, shapes, techniques and concepts, and am interested in the idea of collectivity and creating solidarity through art. Through my work, I try to reflect on the way we interact with each other and the way we could change reality. Thoughts that always are present when I help design new projects at Lon-art.
Art Workshops Facilitator
I was fascinated by Lon-art.org’s first social exhibition in London, “Seeds of Creativity”. Since then, I have collaborated with Lon-art.org by facilitating art workshops and events. My educational background in languages and Middle Eastern Studies makes me particularly interested in learning from other cultures and engaging people with this region of the world through art.