The Arts Centre Hounslow

Where community thrives, art connects, and performance inspires. We are an independent organization that offer a range of arts activities for ages 4 to 400, as well as hosting a range of regular community groups and services.

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The Arts Centre, Hounslow where community thrives, art connects, and performance inspires. We're an independent centre dedicated to creating opportunities for anyone to become immersed in arts and social activities.

Some of the ways people can get involved: theatrical performances, dance classes, fitness classes, amateur theatrical society, performance classes, 60+ classes, sessions for adults with learning disabilities, weekly coffee meet-ups through the Wellbeing Network or Shaw Trust and much more.

Our Community Gallery fashions the vibrant face of our front of house space, offering a friendly location for local artists from across our diverse borough to display their work. Being positioned in an area with high footfall and at no cost for artists to exhibit, the community gallery offers an excellent platform for emerging professionals as well as a social space for local amateurs to meet with other artists alike.

Our Performance Academy gives 4-18-year-olds access to training in Stage Acting, Musical Theatre and West End Dance as well a range of fully staged productions a year they can audition for.

Our Amateur Dramatic Society is free for anyone aged 16+ to join and offers an opportunity for members of the community with any level of experience or none at all to become part of the team making theatre by the community for the community.

We are a Festival Theatre! Since 2018 we have been running as a festival venue, which means rather than trying to engage the community with stand-alone shows we invite the community to become involved with a week-long themed festival. Our next being ‘Footprints, Festival of the Environment". In addition to this, we plan to hold an International Arts Festival, a Children’s Theatre Festival, and a Festival of Asian Arts. We also work as a producing house, creating shows that transfer to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London’s West End as well as touring the UK and internationally.
Established in 2015 by Philip Ryder & Jonathan Ashy-Rock, two freelancers who took the tender of venue previously known as ‘The Paul Robeson Theatre’ that would have otherwise closed in 2014. Today it is a self-sustaining Arts Centre that is working tirelessly at expanding its offer.

Our work with emerging production companies. We strive to provide as much support to developing artists and producers as possible. By offering resources such as rehearsal space, use of technical equipment, and mentoring we hope to support their projects so they achieve the best artistic outcome for their production while lessening the financial challenges they may face. These groups have included; Patch of Blue Theatre, Hookhitch Theatre, Alliance Dance Unit, London Contemporary Theatre, Lionhouse, Tale Be Told Theatre, The Voice Of Us Disabled Theatre Company & Opia Theatre. These companies have gone on to have success productions touring across the UK as well as Edinburgh, New York, Adelaide and even London’s West End.