We are Ugly Duck. We revitalise underused spaces.
In 2012, we opened our first project space, 47/49 Tanner Street, unlocking an empty 19th century warehouse in Bermondsey for a wide range of creative uses and commercial hires. We have also run projects outside of Tanner Street, with a focus on interdisciplinary arts in addition to pop-up projects in other underused spaces.
We are now Ugly Duck.
We believe that space – especially in overcrowded cities like London – should never be left empty. We take vacant and disused buildings and bring them back into creative use; reflecting communities and histories, investigating social issues through arts and enterprise.
These spaces can provide an invaluable incubation space for different disciplines, providing artists with a fresh context from which they can experiment with new ideas. As a social enterprise, we find new and sustainable methods of managing buildings and balance professional hires alongside a programme of multidisciplinary arts projects.
We are currently building our portfolio of spaces to further develop our public and commercial programmes. These buildings could be big or small, temporary or permanent. Get in touch if you know of a space that needs a new lease of life.
We are committed to producing work that directly engages its audience in new and dynamic ways. We are interested in how the arts can grow and flourish in our changing world, breaking down barriers and reaching out to broader audiences with unique live experiences.
We start conversations, brokers relationships, and seeks increased opportunities for emerging artists and thinkers. Collaboration plays a central role in our work, as we believe working and developing together leads to more inclusive and ambitious plans. We work with a growing network of artists through our time-banking scheme, enabling people to meet their needs in more collaborative participative ways.
We believe in providing a quality service to the people who hire and use our spaces, and in building relationships for the future. We mostly contract the space as a ‘dry hire’, but we also work with partners and providers to deliver events packages which can be tailored to suit your needs.
As a multi-disciplinary organisation, we create and support work that communicates bold new ideas, whatever the medium used. We believe that the arts can respond to the challenges of today, exploring different perspectives and approaches, and re-imagining our shared future. Ugly Duck supports ideas that challenge the status quo, get at the heart of a matter, advocate for grassroots change, or engage spectators in a new way. Surprise us.