Connecting the arts community in Southwark
Southwark Arts Forum (SAF) is the cultural agency for Southwark. SAF was set up by a small group of local artists in Southwark in 1987 and now has over 3,000 members. We are a rich creative network widely known in Southwark and beyond.
Our members are a creative bunch and come from all stages of careers and diverse backgrounds. They range from visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, photographers, poets, film producers, graphic designers, theatres, galleries, studios, arts organisations, community groups, education institutions, council staff, and local businesses.
SAF helps artists, arts organisations and creative industries in Southwark to excel, and to have a greater impact on their local communities. We do this by providing a wide range of networking, information, and advice services.
We also advocate for the arts in the borough, talking to local government officials about the difference the arts are making to the communities in Southwark. SAF acts as a bridge, a facilitator and signpost for the arts in Southwark, all amazingly delivered by a small but dedicated and professional team of staff, volunteers and freelance associates.
Core SAF Services
E-Bulletin Be on the pulse of what’s happening in Southwark’s art scene. Find out about the latest artists’ opportunities, funding, training and local events in your inbox every two weeks. Promote your events or put a call out on the E-Bulletin. Find out more
Events Get connected to the local art scene by meeting other people working in the arts at our friendly, informal events. Find out about current issues in the sector and visit different cultural venues. Find out more
Volunteering SAF offers a variety of voluntary opportunities within our organisation and within our partners organisations. Volunteering is a great way to improve your skills, make contacts, meet people and give something back to the arts in your community. Find out more
Members Directory Stay up to date with what’s happening in Southwark’s art scene. Find out about the latest artists’ opportunities, funding, training and local events. Subscribe to receive the newsletter by email every two weeks. Promote your events or put a call out on the E-Bulletin. Find out more
Resources If you are looking for sources of funding, venues for events, promotional services, training or further support, check out these online resources. Find out more
Professional Development Get tailored one to one advice about your project or career development. We also offer consulting services. Find out more
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