The Albany is a multi-purpose arts centre in Deptford, south-east London. Facilities include a flexible performance space holding up to 300 seated or 500 standing and a bar, two studio theatres, a performance cafe and rehearsal / meeting rooms.
‘The Albany is an amazing venue with an eclectic programme whose every beam and floor tile says 'community.' The Londonist
Based in the heart of Deptford, the Albany is a performing arts centre with a history stretching back to the nineteenth century. It has three performance spaces, including a unique, flexible main space in the round, with a capacity of 500 standing and 300 seated.
Other facilities include a café bar, rehearsal and meeting rooms and office space for creative and community businesses. It also has a large garden where fresh fruit and vegetables are grown with and by the community. Much of the produce is used in the onsite café.
The Albany as a significant creative hub in South East London – it hosts a total of 11 Arts Council NPOs among its resident organisations, which number almost 30 and range from theatre companies to design and recruitment agencies. The Albany lead and host the Family Arts Campaign - a national Sector Support Organisation funded by Arts Council England - to raise family engagement with arts and culture. They are home to Fun Palaces - an ongoing campaign for cultural democracy, with an annual weekend of action every October - and provide their accounting and finance support.
On behalf of Lewisham Council, the Albany manages and programmes the Deptford Lounge, a new cultural and community hub, which includes a library, galleries, and a range of community facilities shared with Tidemill School. On behalf of Southwark Council, the Albany manages and programmes the Canada Water Culture Space comprising a 150-seat theatre and six education and meeting spaces at Canada Water Library.
The Albany is a registered charity, earning 60% of its own income which it reinvests in its programmes. It is core funded by Arts Council England and Lewisham Council.