SET is a multifaceted arts and community organisation based in numerous centres across London. SET is home to an eclectic and experimental arts programme alongside affordable artist workspace.
SET Projects & our Members Programme include performances, live music, exhibitions, talks, workshops and screenings, and seeks to provide a platform for new and collaborative projects. With an inclusive ethos always, SET is a community which aims to bridge gaps between disciplines, creating a platform for collaboration and multidisciplinary experimentation.
SET’s charitable objectives are: ‘for the public benefit, to promote, improve and advance education in, and appreciation of, the arts.’ We fulfil this aim by financially and creatively supporting grassroots artistic production. Our mission is to nurture artists’ communities by offering affordable studios – the space, foundations and support to make bold, innovative and exciting new works.
We support our Members in developing their practices by giving them access to project spaces, workshop areas, and inviting them to contribute to our Members’ Programme, a public arts programme led by our membership.
SET is currently home to over 500 artists and has a membership of over 1000. SET hosts artists working in a variety of practices and disciplines from text, performance and installation to music, sound, print, textiles and more.
SET currently has 6 centres in London. The SET New Cross project space is home to our main exhibition programme, whilst SET Dalston hosts our social space & bar and our performance space & music venue. Each SET centre is home to a variety of artists workspaces: from desk space to light industrial units.
Each SET centre is hosted in otherwise vacant property, some temporary and some long term. SET brings disused space back into positive use in the interim period: see ‘Property Management’ for further information.
SET relies on your kind support! If you can, donate to support SET and our community of artists – Please donate here! Thank you.
SET was founded in 2016 by three friends with the aim of curating an expansive programme of experimental arts & educational projects, functioning as a platform for new and underrepresented practices whilst providing affordable workspace for diverse and dedicated artists.
In late 2016, SET officially became a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Over the past 5 years, SET has opened 12 centres in London and has blossomed into a network of supportive communities.
We are home to some of the most exciting and distinctive artistic productivity the city has to offer. In collaboration with our members and communities local to each centre, SET has created a diverse programme of self-driven initiatives.