Lon-art opens a window onto 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.
Our mission is to provide a platform for communities, artists and 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 steadily over the past seven years. We have collaborated with numerous organisations including Centrepoint, Oxford House in Bethnal Green, Idea Store (Watney Market and Whitechapel), Spitalfields Housing Association and Up Your Street (an East London women’s group), and with each we have built a continuing relationship, leading to other projects. In 2014, Lon-art also acted as a platform for twenty-two artists to exhibit their work, with ten of these artists given the opportunity to design and lead workshops for community groups. And we are now working to create a strong community of female artists.
Although based in London, our vision and mission are universal, and so we had the chance to work in Greece in 2016, as part of Symbiosis, an arts festival for refugees.
Lon-art’s core team have broad experience in education (Modern Languages, IT and Art & Design), the art world, social work, marketing and events, translation and the charity sector.
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