Stanley Halls aims to be South East London’s premiere arts and performance centre. We will offer a platform for the brightest and best of South London’s artistic community; giving local creatives the opportunity to reach out to audiences from across the city and beyond.
We seek to give emerging artists across all art forms, and the creative technologies of the future, the opportunity to grow through innovation, collaboration and participation.
Stanley Halls is a Grade II listed Edwardian arts venue at Norwood Junction. A fascinating complex of unique Edwardian buildings built in 1904-11, the Halls comprise an art gallery, theatre hall and assembly rooms. The building was donated and designed for his local community by William Ford Robinson Stanley (1829-1909); a prominent local inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.
Stanley Halls is now run by SPI, a charity established by the local community to re-open, manage, improve and restore Stanley Halls. William Stanley’s vision for the halls was centred around the promotion of: “Justice, Liberty and Science”. SPI aim is to encourage the community to use, improve, preserve and love Stanley Halls now and for future generations.
The Stanley People’s Initiative
The Stanley People’s Initiative is a group of residents from SE25 and the local area, who came together to ensure the wonderful Stanley Halls on South Norwood Hill is maintained as a centre for entertainment, community, arts, enterprise and learning. We are committed to the improvement of Stanley Halls as part of the overall ongoing commercial and social regeneration of South East London.
A registered charity (number 1155680), The Stanley People’s Initiative has a 35 year lease on the building from Croydon Council.