The Factory Project

produced by Thorp Stavri

The Factory Project - Catriona Robertson
From October 9, 2021 until October 22, 2021

Monumental ‘festival of curation’ in Woolwich warehouse during Frieze week.

A monumental ‘festival of curation’ will take place in a North Woolwich warehouse during Frieze Week, when 10 UK based curators/curatorial groups will be invited to present exhibitions of sculpture, painting, drawing, video, performance and installation from emerging and mid-career artists.

Transforming an old Tate & Lyle Factory in the Thameside Industrial Estate, The Factory Project is an independent museum-scale display, showcasing work from over 80 artists. Organisers and co-curators Eric Thorp and Nicholas Stavri (Thorp Stavri) are presenting talks, workshops and tours to engage the local community with both the art and the building’s industrial past, and hope to connect with a wider audience than just regular gallery goers.

“We want to inspire local young people by connecting them directly with artists, and to bring something interesting, enjoyable and welcoming to people living in one of London's most underfunded boroughs,” says Eric Thorp, one half of Thorp Stavri. He continues, “The Thameside Industrial Estate has a long and rich history of serving the local community: we want to put it to community use once again.”

This inclusive approach applies across the project. Each of the curatorial groups invited to exhibit have no permanent bricks and mortar space, meaning The Factory Project offers them and the artists they are working with a rare opportunity – especially in London – to exhibit on a large scale in the 67,640 sq ft warehouse and yard complex. There’s an emphasis on diversity right across the project, giving real representation of creativity in the capital.

Nicholas continues: “We want to create a platform that celebrates a diverse range of creative voices – emerging curators/artists of different ethnicities, genders and cultures – and connect them with a local audience that is more often than not, outside of the traditional gallery circuit. The health crisis and heightened awareness of inequalities in the creative industries means that now more than ever we must address societal imbalances”

The Factory Project will take place at the monumental Thameside Industrial Estate, in North Woolwich, Newham – a short walk from London’s City Airport and nestled between the Tate & Lyle’s Sugar Refinery and the Thames Barrier – on Factory Road. It is produced by Thorp Stavri and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and through the continued support of Projekt and FAD Magazine.

The Factory Project - Installation View - Unite E - Thorp Stavri
The Factory Project - Liam Fallon
The Factory Project - Sasha Bowles
The Factory Project - Unite E - Thorp Stavri
Thorp Stavri -The Factory Project - Office
Thorp Stavri - Nicholas Stavri (L) and Eric Thorp (R)
Thorp Stavri - The Factory Project - Sky View
Thorp Stavri - The Factory Project - Warehouse External
Thorp Stavri - The Factory Project - Warehouse Internal
Thorp Stavri - The Factory Project - Yard