Explore Thamesmead

Saturday 29th May 2021 to
Sunday 30th May 2021

Explore Thamesmead

Thamesmead Open
Sat 29 and Sun 30 May 

As part of Estuary 2021, Bow Arts and Peabody have commissioned a series of new projects and artworks from artists working in the Lakeside Centre studios. Responding to Estuary 2021 festival themes of climate, imperial legacy and rebellion, the works by Calum F Kerr, Chloe Cooper, Cieron C-That, Dom Snow, Marcus Orlandi, Nathalie Coste and Thamesmead Texas will be situated on and around the iconic building in Thamesmead’s wild landscape, so that they can be enjoyed outside in line with Covid guidelines.  There will also be a film giving a glimpse into the newly opened Lakeside Centre by TT Films.

Working with Bow Arts, local artists and other local cultural organisations, Thamesmead is growing as a place for cultural production and innovation within the Thames Estuary Production corridor, and supported by a long term cultural strategy led by Peabody. 

The Lakeside Centre, with its iconic Brutalist architecture from the late 60s is a Thamesmead landmark with stunning views of Southmere Lake and the area’s famous skyline. 

Having previously operated as a bar, restaurant, nightclub and community centre, as well as the filming location for Misfits and Clockwork Orange, the venue holds an important place in the area’s history. Through a partnership between Peabody and Bow Arts with support from the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund (LEAP), the Lakeside Centre has been transformed into a new creative hub for Thamesmead, with over 35 artists working and living in the area.

Estuary 2021 is delighted to partner with Bow Arts, Peabody Trust and RTM.FM at Thamesmead as part of the ongoing work by Creative Estuary and the GLA to create the Thames Estuary Production Corridor - a vision for a landmark corridor along the estuary, powering skills opportunities and new jobs.

Image credit: (this page) Mirror Windmills by Nathalie Coste, installed at Thamesmead.  Mirror perspex , bamboo sticks, nuts and bolts.


Saturday 29th May 2021 to
Sunday 30th May 2021


Lakeside Centre, Thamesmead, London



Nearest station:  Abbey Wood
Bus: 117, 180, 229, 401, 472, 601, 602, 669, N1,
Parking: Limited on-site parking available.


Lakeside Centre has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet and 1st and 2nd floors / rooftop (via lift) and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.

Accessible parking is available on-site, limited to two spaces.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email [email protected] or call 020 8980 774 (Ext. 1)

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Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

Creative_Estuary_New_1   ace

Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

book_fest community_fund heritage_fund creative_coast bexleysalford fpg lesnes Essex2020Logo The Old Waterworks Logo UCA1

Festival Partners

arts_human uni_south uni_oxford uni_glas send_pier pla opp_se henley c2c roh southeastern Thamesmead2 Peabody2 BowArts3

Festival Supporters

essex_diversity   raddison   uber SouthEssex1 UniversityCentre1