The Creative Space at Arlington

Since 2010, SPACE has been running 12 artist studios at Arlington homeless people’s hostel in Camden.

One of them, Studio 5, is a dedicated space for use by the residents. The residents are involved in deciding the Creative Space programme content and use the studio for developing their own work, as well as participating in artist-led projects.

Participants learn about art and artists, and acquire new skills alongside personal development outcomes such as increased confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, relaxation and well-being. Arlington staff and support workers are invited to drop in for their own enjoyment.

As well as workshops, the programme organises free trips to exhibitions.

The Creative Space annual exhibition and SPACE Open Studios event takes place in October.

“I really enjoyed the visit to the Whitechapel Gallery, it was very exciting and speaking about the art on display with Francesca it was informative and creatively inspiring for me.”

“The art group visits and workshops help my depression by reducing my feelings of isolation and emptiness and give me a chance to communicate with others.”

“Art is helping me feel more emotionally stable and giving me a feeling of purpose in life.”

“When I moved to Arlington, I was angry all the time, I could never sleep, I had nothing to do, I was lost.  Since starting these workshops, it feels as if I had a job, because I have something to do every week, I have a purpose. My mind is occupied, I have things to think about… I have to tell you again – coming here has really changed my life.”  

– Regular Creative Space participants


Arlington (formerly Arlington House) opened as a hostel for homeless men in 1905 and is a historical landmark in the history of social housing. In 2010 One Housing Group, taking inspiration from New York City’s Times Square scheme, transformed Arlington to create a contemporary community and social context where artists are part of the mix along with residents, training providers and social enterprises.

Arlington was noted for its partnership excellence in the 2013 Public Services Awards. Read The Guardian‘s article on the partnership here.

One of the UK’s leading online arts materials supplier GreatArt kindly supports The Creative Space at Arlington through materials.


28 Feb – 2 Mar 2024, 11am – 6pm
Camden Image Gallery, 174 Royal College Street, London NW1 0SP
Creative Space Annual Exhibition 2024
March 2023
Arlington, NW1
Rebuilding Lives Through Creativity – Arlington billboard project
June 2020
The Creative Space Goes Online
Participants of The Creative Space at Arlington have taken their art classes online
20 Nov 2019
painting by Eve McDougall at The Creative Space
The Creative Space Annual Exhibition
Annual showcase of work by participants at The Creative Space, Arlington in Camden. Free and all welcome!
7 June 2018
The Creative Space Annual Exhibition
Residents welcome visitors to the Creative Space studio which provides painting, sculpture, ‘zine making, music and creative writing activities.
2 November 2017
EMMA Zine Launch: The Voice of Arlington
Launch of editions #11, 12 and 13 of EMMA, the ‘zine produced by residents of Arlington homeless hostel with artist Brian Baderman.
7 September 2017
The Creative Space Annual Exhibition
Annual exhibition showing work made in the Creative Space studio at Arlington homeless people's hostel
6 October 2016
The Creative Space Annual Exhibition
The Creative Space Exhibition presents new work by residents of Arlington homeless people’s hostel.
June 2016
The Creative Space at Arlington Case Study
Ex-resident Suban returns to Arlington as a volunteer for the art project that helped change her life...
2016 - 17
The Creative Space at Arlington 2016 – 17
First Creative Space zine, “emma” is in production with Brian Baderman! Plus exhibition on 6 Oct at Arlington.
08 Oct 2015
The Creative Space Annual Exhibition 2015
SPACE organises twelve visual artists’ studios and a creative workshop programme for residents at Arlington hostel.
The Creative Space at Arlington 2014 – 15
Homeless people engage with artists in a programme of creative workshops and activities.
26 Jun – 27 Jun 2014
The Creative Space at Arlington 2013 – 14
A programme of workshops run by artists at Arlington, a homeless people's charity in Camden.
Jul 2013
SPACE at Arlington homeless hostel Camden London
The Creative Space at Arlington 2013
Artist-led workshops for residents of Arlington homeless hostel in Camden
The Creative Space at Arlington 2012 – 13
The Creative Space is one of twelve artist studios run by SPACE at Arlington, homeless people’s hostel in Camden.