Hello, and welcome to the Rag Factory!

The Rag Factory was set up in early 2006 to provide affordable space for people working in the creative industries, whether performance-based, such as theatre, film, dance, music and fashion or visual arts such as painting, sculpture, photography, installation and graphic design. And being situated just off London’s Brick Lane, with fast access to both Liverpool Street and Aldgate East tube stations, we’re also very easy to reach.
While we’re regularly used as a casting and rehearsal space – we may not be in the West End, but we are very conveniently located for a number of Fringe and off-West End venues – we’ve also hosted a number of exhibitions, the occasional live art event, the London Zine Symposium and number of corporate events for clients like Red Bull and Orange.
And the Rag Factory has regularly been used as a filming location by MTV and the BBC (Newsnight and the Culture Show, in particular) and for countless music videos, short films and low-budget features.
So if you need space – whether to think, rehearse, film, work, meet, exhibit or just generally create wonderful things – with a Central London location but without the West End price tag, please browse the site, or feel free to come down and see us here in Heneage Street, just off Brick Lane.
 

Exhibiting @ The Rag:

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WALKING COLORS: THE BRITISH CAPITAL IS ONCE AGAIN THE VENUE FOR EXHIBITIONS FEATURING ITALIAN FIGURATIVE ARTISTS SELECTED BY THE ART EVENTS AGENCY "LA MAYA DESNUDA"

Seventeen Italian artists will be displaying their works at the Rag Factory Gallery in London, from the 1st to the 10th of April 2015  

 

They come from several geographical areas in Italy, all of them are shining examples of figurative painting in our country: they are the seventeen Artists introduced by the art critic Silvia Arfelli who - starting on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 6 pm - will be featured in the exhibition "Walking Colors" at The Rag Factory, 16 - 18 Heneage Street, London, in the Brick Lane district. Today Brick Lane is the most innovative area of the British capital, with new office buildings and shops melting within its colourful and multiethnic artistic environment, which has encouraged the opening of numerous art galleries in that neighborhood. It is thus an interesting setting for the works by our Artists, expressions of figurative art as the sole, truly unifying language, heir to the great Italian art history experiences, deeply rooted in unique Renaissance features, to which each of them bears witness in their training and production.

This exhibition is part of a project which started four years ago, to celebrate 150 years since Italian unification; the work of Italian artists was displayed in Paris and Berlin. London has now been chosen as the venue for this unusual and fascinating tour (whose next scheduled stop is in Brussels, at the heart of European Union institutions), with the anniversary of Italian unification thus becoming a marker to help focus our European partners’ attention on the specific features of Italian art, opening up new markets for it.

Of course, the artists featured in this exhibition have an approach to figurative arts based on a variety of techniques, methods and styles. However, they were all selected because they have an original message to convey, as well as offering artistic suggestions worthy of the greatest attention: their names are Gisella Battistini, Felice Beltramelli, Gianpiero Brunelli, Roberto Carrieri, Nicola Falcone, Giovanni Grigolini, Francesco Lodigiani, Stefania Nicolini, Pasquale Potestio, Ferdinando Ragni, Andrea Saltarelli, Arduina Santi, Roberta Sedocco, Mario Tasca, Glenda Tinti, Gabriele Vailati and Lello Zito; their artworks provide an expressive and thought-provoking sample, as well a fascinating instance, of Italian creativity.

The exhibition, organised by the Forlì-based art events agency "La Maya Desnuda", will be open for visits until the 10th April 2015, from 10 am to 7 pm.



"LA MAYA DESNUDA"  Mostre   Editoria   Eventi d'Arte -  Via C. Cignani no. 19  -  47121  FORLI'  (FC)  -  mobile: 334 2604929

 

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The Rag Factory is going through some big changes over the next few months. Building refurbishments including a 'chill out' area where people can come and relax off Brick Lane and not be expected to spend stupid amounts of money, a true 'chill' space that is FREE! New bathrooms, room extensions and a new entrance are also being designed.
Alongside the building refurbs/aesthetic changes, the Rag Factory will be hosting performances from companies that have pieces that are to much of a 'risk' for other London venues to programme. At the Rag Factory we believe in developing the arts and that mean taking risks on different pieces.
RAG FACTORY PERFORMANCE SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN.

The 2015 Rag Factory Performance Programme is accepting submissions until April 1.

We want you to put on a new work/show or performance of any kind and preview it at the Rag Factory WITHOUT THE FEAR OF LOSING MONEY! We will provide you with FREE performance space and 50% of the ticketsales!


When practitioners produce pieces of new work they are regularly confronted with brick walls preventing them from showing the work unless they tick several ‘sales’ or ‘funding’ criteria.


Venues are less likely to support new work from new artists because of the venues need to generate their revenues. Unfortunately, the current ‘make money’ ideology is strangling any real creative development as only the types of shows or performers that have a track record of ticket sales, or are rich enough to buy space from prime venues, are regularly programmed.

We want to support the theatre and YOU, I want the ‘theatre arts’ to blossom. We want you to have the opportunity to take risks and create new exciting pieces without the fear of going into masses of debt because of space fees.  


To request a submission packet email rocky@ragfactory.org.uk, your packet must be sent to the above email address by the 1st of April at 5pm to be considered.