Published 23rd April 2018
Bexley has a number of historically significant sites dating back to 1178, as well as a number of major public artworks. The borough is also home to two internationally recognised performing arts establishments, along with two key arts organisations developing bases in the area.
Historical Sites in Bexley:
- Lesnes Abbey (1178) http://www.visitlesnes.co.uk/enhancement-project/lesnes-lodge
- Hall Place House and Gardens (1537) https://www.hallplace.org.uk/
- Gothic Bath House (1766)
- Danson House (1768) https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/visitor-attractions/danson-house
- Five Arches Bridge (c.1781)
- Red House (1860) https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house
- Crossness Pumping Station (1865) http://www.crossness.org.uk/
Further information can be found here.
Key Public Artworks in the Bexley:
- The Cob, Belvedere – Andy Scott
- Propella, Crayford – Andy Scott
- Captain Crayford, Crayford – Andy Scott
- De Luci Fish Mosaic Sculpture, Erith – Gary Drostle
Arts Organisations in Bexley:
- Rose Bruford College, Sidcup – Established in 1950 by Rose Elizabeth Bruford with assistance from John Masefield, Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft, Rose Bruford is an internationally renowned college offering degrees in performing arts and technical theatre. Alumni include Tom Baker, Lake Bell, Anthony Daniels, Pam St Clements and Gary Oldman.
- Doreen Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance, Sidcup – founded by Doreen Bird in 1946, the performing arts college has a reputation for feeding artists into West End and Broadway theatre, dance companies, television, film, pop music and other high-profile areas of the entertainments industry. Key areas of study include ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance, singing, voice craft and drama.
Alumni include Gary Avis, Sue Hodge, Lara Pulver and Mel C.
- Bow Arts at the Lakeside Centre, Thamesmead – Bow Arts are currently working with Peabody and the London Regeneration Fund to renovate the Lakeside Centre on the banks of Southmere Lake, Thamesmead. Once completed in spring 2018 the centre will provide 40 creative workspaces, a café, an enterprise kitchen, nursery and support for pop-up stalls and markets.
- Exchange, Erith
- The Exchange is a new social enterprise working with communities, local residents and the Council to transform the historic Carnegie Erith Library building into a hub for the local community, creating a space for all groups to come together and share, and create unique learning opportunities for schools, families and young people.