The Lab

A community space, café and arts centre, enabling and facilitating a programme of arts, workshops, and events.

Who We Are

The Lab is a community centre, café and arts space enabling and facilitating a program of workshops and events run by Bow Arts. With a vibrant café and a bright multifunctional space, passionate customer service, great coffee and community is at the core of what we do. Bow Arts makes creative activity sustainable within our local communities, creating opportunities to work, learn and enjoy affordable, lifelong access to the arts. Opening Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Artist Exhibition Launch

At The Lab we work with local artists to put on a quarterly exhibition that is open and free to the public. This is accompanied by workshops and art events in our gallery space.

With our first exhibition in October 2022, Bodyscapes by Gaby Jonna explored themes relating to bodily autonomy, interiority and trauma. This vibrant and dynamic series of works was accompanied by two live performances by the artist in the gallery space, and a movement and painting workshop.

In January 2023, The Lab brought artists Imrana Tanveer and Lisa-Marie Price together to create Expanding Horizons. Consisting of two distinct collections, Ode to Heaven and I Can Feel Your Aura, this exhibition was concerned with the ways that human behaviour impacts the natural world. Themes of urban development, foraging, consumerism and climate change were explored. This exhibition was accompanied by an artist talk and a workshop.

Keep an eye out for future art exhibitions and art workshops at The Lab.


The Lab Lates

Weekday evenings at The Lab

On Thursday evenings, The Lab Lates offers a wide variety of events for residents to get involved in. From art classes to supper clubs; terrarium building workshops to film screenings, there’s something for everyone on Thursday evenings.

Our latest event saw Masterchef UK contestants Hannah and Farokh cook up a ‘Heart-y and French’ storm at our Valentine’s supper club. Other events have included a terrarium building workshop led by botany enthusiast, Alex The Plant Guy where participants could create their own beautiful terrarium to take home.

Join us for our next The Lab Lates event. Head to our What’s On page for updates on what’s coming up.

Sunday Yoga

Join Rachel Giffin for a weekly yoga session on Sunday’s from 9am – 10am at The Lab. Now onto our third 10-week series of sessions, this is a staple event in our programme, providing Oaklands Rise residents with a refreshing, relaxing and positive yoga experience.

Having spent 12 years as a yoga teacher to longstanding private, corporate and community clients, Rachel is one of the most experienced and attentive instructors working in London right now. At just £9 a session, this one is a must for any resident, at whatever stage in their yoga journey.

All abilities welcomed, more info and tickets via our What’s On page.

Previous Events

'Wall of Sexual Heroes'

The ‘Wall of Sexual Heroes’ was an exhibition made by the Museum of Sex Objects, displayed at The Lab in December. Members of the community had the opportunity to create an embroidery or textile piece to contribute to the travelling community art project, as part of the ‘Stitching Stories’ Workshop.

Spooky Sip and Paint

As part of the Halloween weekend at The Lab, we held a Spooky Sip and Paint. run by local artist Joel (Chidi) Sydenham. People were guided to create their own eerie masterpieces, whilst enjoying their favourite drinks!

Terrarium Building Workshop

In November, we were joined by Alex The Plant Guy for a terrarium building workshop. Participants made their very own colourful and creative plant sculpture to take home.