The Portico Gallery has been at the forefront of West Norwood’s development into a centre for creativity, art, music and live performance in the past few years. Perhaps you’ve been inside for a music event like Mambista or Folk of the Wood, a yoga class, or during West Norwood Feast – but there is a great deal more going on inside the building.
Founded by John Price nearly 30yrs ago, The Portico has been a lifetime ‘work-in-progress’ project, with a vision to build a local thriving creative community, inspired by the eastern concepts of Chi Vortex – bringing through a flow of good people and good energy.
Currently led by a collective team of future thinkers, The Portico aligns itself with the original beginnings of the building, as a space for community and local entertainment. Today the venue has established itself as a nurturing space that supports the growth of the community rooted in health, wellbeing, creativity and communication.
Intrinsically connected to the arts and local council, The Portico has spent the last few years & lockdowns building a full sized stage to accommodate bands and live music events in the Main Hall. They have built filming facilities – including photography studio and invested equipment for hire, encouraging local young creatives to explore their talents. Playing a key role in advocating and influencing cultural and political initiatives that have benefited the local community and surrounding independent businesses.
The space is available to be hired both commercially or privately. With two newly refubished spaces & studios The Portico can accommodate a wide range of things from photography / film shoots, public music events, private parties, intimate gatherings and everything in between.
The space is predominantly hired for filming and production Mon-Thurs, with the weekends reserved for live music / community events.
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