Chats Palace is an inclusive, inter-generational arts centre working with and for the diverse communities of Hackney. Firmly rooted in a rich artistic heritage, it has a key role in Hackney’s growing cultural quarter, working in dynamic new partnerships with London Borough of Hackney and the broadest range of arts and non-arts partners to catalyse creative potential across east London.
By championing local creativity, dialogue and debate, Chats Palace aims to make a meaningful contribution to the health, well-being and cohesion of the community through the breadth of their activities and depth of engagement these engender.
Chats Palace alumni include members of the local community as well as award-winning artists. Recent highlights include a youth + music project developed with Plan B (Ben Drew) and Palace Arts Music with Big Creative Education, both bringing professional musicians together with local young people to engender positive, life-long change. Going forward, the program is to build on this strong foundation with an artist-led programme that attracts new audiences, encourages participation and stimulates creative and professional development, with a focus on emerging artists.
At a time of shifting demographic and rapid social and economic change where the gap between the less well-off and wealthier becomes wider, a creative hub that operates as a robust social enterprise is more relevant than ever. Chats Palace is an essential resource for the people of East London, providing creative and education opportunities to tackle inequalities and offers a welcoming space for community encounter and dialogue.
Below: Flyer for 'The Palace Club', weekly social club for everyone over 65 years old. Heartwarming project to tackle loneliness amongst local "elderlies". Gentle reminder that it's not all about growth.