Community Art and Culture

Supporting Art and Culture in our Local Community

The HIVE would like to support local artists by promoting their work and achievements by offering a series of cultural events.

Coming up in August

We have two fantastic opportunities for children and families to access the arts tis Summer!

Children's Art Workshops

Family Theatre

Coming Up in May:

The Zoo Theatre working with The Hive

Croydonist: The performance takes place in the new cultural hub at St Andrew’s. How are you guys involved with that?

Rosalind: We were initially invited to come and take a look at St Andrew’s Church about 6 months ago. We walked through the door and our jaws dropped! I have never seen a space more made for theatre than this church! Since then we have been working alongside The Hive and the church to see how we can make the building more accessible to the whole community and we thought what better way to do that than opening it up to a theatre audience. It is the most wonderful place to rehearse; we recently created an immersive show in the space, inviting local primary school students to be our first test audiences. See here

Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

On 17 May, Croydonites brings Pop-Up Opera to the atmospheric St Andrews Church, Croydon to perform their new Mozart Doube Bill. Early bird tickets are available from their website until Tuesday 27 March.

March  & April 2018

Zoo Company

The HIVE are delighted to be working with ZOO Company an exciting partnership that will support up and coming young artists and bring Art and Cultural into THe Communitiy Hub at St Andrew's Church. By supportirng Zoo Compnay with rehearsal space they will provide amazing opportnities for our young people in Chidlren's University. The first of which will be a performance to some of our Year 3 pupils at Howard Primary School on the 17th April 2018  

More information about The Zoo Company

February 2018

We have a brand new partnership with The Other Foundation, a charity that sppports up and coming artists, Our first joint venture was an amazing Family Crestive Arts Workshop with workshops inlcuding poetry writing, printing, life drawing . The next Arts workshop is planned for May 2018

'The OTHER Foundation works to support the arts by harnessing grass roots creative's and giving them the tools to grow. However, art can be so much more than a thing of aesthetic and conceptual beauty; The OTHER Syndicate utilises the power of the creative world to support local communities. Working with Children's University is an excellent opportunity to show how powerful the arts can be for young people and families in expression, education and enjoyment. Children's University highlights the importance of extra curricular activities, The OTHER Syndicate is built on turning hobbies into tools for individual and social change. Nothing is more powerful than fun.'

December 2017

For those of you who attended the first performance of Under the Shadow of Your Wings in July 2015 you may also be interested to hear that the author, David Matthews, has now completed his first novel 'That They Might Lovely Be'

The Hive is hosting the book launch and signing on 7th December 2017. The event is free to attend but we ask that for catering services you book tickets through eventbrite:


That They Might Lovely Be

a novel by David Matthews

at 6.30pm on Thursday 7th December 2017

“David Matthews has managed the trickiest of doubles - a literary page-turner with a heart and a brain.”

Clare Chambers, author of In a Good Light, The Editor's Wife,and Back Trouble
Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-78535-623-0 432PP

e-book | ISBN: 978-1-78535

Further information about the book can be found on David’s website:

Help reduce emissions in a residential area by parking in the convenient NCP Car Park,

Wandle Road, Croydon CR0 1DX


Watch the Promotional Video

Reg Charity No: 1149329

The Hive Croydon © 2013