Corporate Social Responsibility
Van Gogh House and San Mei Gallery receive no ongoing public funding and we are therefore reliant on our supporters to maintain public access to the house and gallery, engage artists in the community and stage our accessible cultural programmes. With public funding for the arts at an all time low, the need for support from businesses and philanthropists is ever greater.
Van Gogh House and San Mei Gallery in a nutshell:
Help support the two spaces operated by our Community Interest Company, Van Gogh House & San Mei Gallery, by sponsoring one of the areas below.
To discuss sponsorship and corporate social responsibility opportunities please contact Anna Bromwich firstname.lastname@example.org
Van Gogh House stages one major commissioned exhibition a year between September and December, during which time the house is transformed by artists and sees the most footfall and press exposure. The exhibitions extend an invitation to established artists within the UK and internationally to create a major piece of work at Van Gogh House. The exhibitions enhance the ways that Londoners interact with their local heritage and support the local economy by drawing visitors to a diverse area of North Brixton. We offer free community tours, workshops for schools and community organisations throughout the run, and have worked with community partners such as Age UK, the South London Refugee Centre, Opening Doors and the Mosaic Clubhouse among others.
Read more about our exhibitions here ⟶
Van Gogh House runs residencies from January to August of each year. Residencies support artists to develop work in the house. Some are aimed at bringing international artists to Brixton, supporting them to build networks here and giving our local community the chance to meet new people from different countries. Others are underpinned by a large commission, whether a performance or a text, and result in a finished piece of work that returns to the house further down the line. All are accompanied by a community project with our local partners – schools, social inclusion charities, mental health charities – enabling the artists to contribute to our local community. Funders of the residencies often sponsor artists from a particular contry or region with which they have an affiliation.
Read more about our residencies and their accompanying community projects here ⟶
San Mei Gallery has a focus on supporting artists at the beginning of their careers, at times when it can be difficult to establish yourself and when space to show your work is at a premium. We work closely with emerging artists to co-produce ambitious projects in the San Mei Gallery space, as well as throughout the exhibition to build networks and audiences for their work. Artists who have shown work with us have gone on to gallery representation, prestigious fellowships and to showcase their work on the Piccadilly big screen.
Alongside the exhibition programme, San Mei runs a programme of public events that encompass talks, lectures, workshops and family art days, that support a wide range of public audiences to access the exhibition programme at free or low-cost. In this way, we have become an integral part of the local community and wider creative ecosystems of London.
Integrated into the overall project is an education programme facilitated by dedicated artist-educators and the exhibiting artists, with local community partners such as The Baytree Centre, Vinyl Memories and CHIPS.
Community is built into every project we do at Van Gogh House and San Mei Gallery, however we also run stand-alone education projects with several local primary schools in partnership with local charity, Oval Learning Cluster.
Vincent’s Treasures is currently our main offsite and ongoing learning project. The project sets out to create arts-based learning opportunities in an area where many children are experiencing social and economic hardship. The programme supports teachers to increase their capacity and confidence in teaching art as well as how to use Van Gogh House as a local resource to support History, English and Geography classes. By providing visits to Van Gogh House, outreach workshops in schools, running Inset sessions for teachers and making new online learning resources to do at home and in classrooms, Vincent’s Treasures is helping to increase the local community’s access to arts and heritage.
Learn more about Vincent’s Tresures here ⟶
We often work with universities to provide placements for students needing to gain credited experience in museums and art galleries. The placements provide essential experience ahead of entering the job market and ongoing mentorship. Paid placements are essential to supporting students/young people from underrepresented into the arts. Funding student roles helps the sustainability of the sector and diversifies who is able to enter into it.
Read about one of our student projects in partnership with the Art Fund here.
We are a small organisation, growing in output, and subsequently have a need to grow our capacity. The majority of our staff work part-time, the senior Directors pro bono, and we are fortunate to have a core of enthusiastic volunteer tour guides who have stayed with us over the years.
As we grow, we need to increase capacity in HR & Finance through an additional staff member, but also in advisory board members who can offer advice on compliance and operations.
With the community and education work we do spread across the entire team, we are also in need of a dedicated Education Manager who can unite projects across the board, increase the number of community partners and increase stand-alone education projects outside of our programme.