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Space for Action

Once a month, on a Sunday, Siobhan Davies Studios is offering a free space for community or fundraising events. Priority will be given to events that align with our values by centring marginalised communities and practices, and that are run by local people/groups with a connection to Southwark and Lambeth.

What kind of events?

We’re imagining that this monthly offer of space will include:

  • socialising/community gatherings
  • fundraising events
  • community organising
  • activities grounded in dance, movement or artistic practice

We will prioritise requests that:

  • come from those within our local community which benefit people with a strong connection to Southwark and Lambeth.
  • centre marginalised communities and practices. For example, those marginalised due to race, ableism, sexuality, gender identity, class, employment status or caring responsibilities.
  • align with our values and ways of working as an arts venue
  • are welcoming and accessible to people across generations

Please note that we are legally unable to host religious ceremonies or activities aligned with a specific religion. This is due to the terms of our licence for marriage/civil partnerships. Interfaith activities will be considered on a case by case basis.

What are we offering?

The spaces available are the Library, Parlour, Research Studio, Roof Studio. Hiring these spaces would normally cost between £31-£43 per hour. They have a capacity of 15 – 100, find out more about these spaces on our Studio Hire pages, or watch our building your on our Visit Us page.

Our studios are provided with free sound facilities and wifi, no other technical support is included.

A member of staff and a duty manager will be in the building on the day of your event. They are responsible for opening and closing the building, and are Emergency First Aid trained.

Practical details / criteria

Events that go ahead, will need to:

  • nominate a primary contact for us to communicate with by email and telephone
  • be self-supporting and include all the volunteers needed to set up, host and clear up afterwards
  • take place within a 4 hour timeframe, this includes set up and clear up
  • share proposed copy and images with SDS for sign off, if they are public facing
  • limit their capacity / audience to a given number, depending on the space requested

If appropriate/desired, SDS can share information about public facing events on our social media channels and in our monthly newsletter. Your event will be framed as being autonomous from our programming. This strand of support is part of our activity, but your work is not.

Request space


We welcome requests on a rolling basis. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of team members with a range of lived experiences and a response will be sent within 28 days. Whilst there is no deadline, the earlier we receive a request, the more likely it is that we can consider it and make it happen. Three months ahead is our ideal timeline, however will also consider short notice requests.

Submitting a Request

Proposals can be made in a written, audio or video formats. The form below includes the following prompts:

  • Tell us about yourself/your work or project
  • What is your activity and what/who is it in support of? 
  • How does your activity align with SDS’s values?
  • When would you like your event to take place?
  • Will you be raising money? If so, for whom? 
  • Which space(s) at SDS would you like to use for your activity?

Access Support

If you require access support in order make a request for space, please contact hattieh@siobhandavies.com. This can take the form of a conversation, proofreading and/or feedback of your application.

If you have questions, please get in touch by emailing contact@siobhandavies.com.