Mission

The Horse Hospital is a three tiered progressive arts venue in London providing an encompassing umbrella for the related media of art, film, fashion, literature and music.

It provides a unique and distinctive arts and artist-led environment in which the arts can flourish for the benefit of local residents, tourists, visitors and practitioners.

As the only independent arts venue of its type in the UK, there is both a duty to aim for the broadest possible access to the arts across a broad range of artistic activity and practice; and an opportunity to encourage risk, innovation and experimentation.

The building its exhibitions, and events attract over 5000 visitors per year. Seventeen years on and with a huge archive of rare films and access to a definitive wealth of underground artists, performance artists, filmmakers, alternative musicians, photographers, fashion designers, and writers who participate in its success, The Horse Hospital is now firmly established in the London arts and fashion industries.

Prestigious organisations such as the BFI, the Hayward Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Barbican Centre, the Shishedo Gallery in Tokyo, and the Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art in New York have all worked in conjunction with The Contemporary Wardrobe, The Chamber of Pop Culture and kinoKULTURE over the years giving the Horse Hospital international recognition.

AIMS AND VALUES

The main aims of The Horse Hospital are :

• To provide a interactive space allowing for free flow and flux between the related media of film, fashion, art and music.

• To be driven by artistic and community priorities not financial gain.

• To be an advocate for the importance and potential of the arts in everyone’s life, and the empowerment of communities of interest, identity and place.

• To promote at all times the values of partnership and synergy across art forms and artistic practise

• To be flexible, proactive and responsive to ensure that new opportunities are explored and exploited, to provide the best possible service for delivering the arts, and to challenge existing practice

• To provide a positive and supportive environment for staff, users, visitors which encourages shared philosophy and working practices

PROGRAMMING POLICY

The Horse Hospital is London’s longest running, truly independent arts venue creating an alternative, celebrating irreverence, individualism, anti-conformism, sincerity and integrity. Championing the outsider, the unfashionable, the other. Rejecting professionalism, strategy, power and selling out, rejecting the market, the secondary market and the homogenisation it breeds furiously. Embracing the DIY, the independent, the difficult, the intuitive, the romantic and the life affirming. This ethos is strongly reflected in the programming of our gallery, The Chamber of Pop Culture, our film program, kinoKULTURE and various events.

PAST PARTNERS

Prestigious organisations such as the BFI, the Hayward Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Barbican Centre, the Shisheido Gallery in Tokyo, and the Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art in New York have all worked in conjunction with the Contemporary Wardrobe, the Chamber of Pop Culture and kinoKULTURE over the years giving our organisation international recognition. Contributors have included :

  • 12foot6
  • Action Aid
  • Aimimage productions
  • Alchemy
  • Allied London
  • Angel Eye Productions
  • AOG Films Ltd
  • Artangel
  • ArtHertz
  • Atlantic Books
  • BFI
  • Birkbeck
  • Blast First
  • Book Works
  • Camden Arts Centre
  • Camden Council
  • Camden LGBT Forum
  • Carcanet Press
  • Central St Martins
  • Channel 4
  • Chelsea School of Art
  • CND
  • Company FZ
  • CreateKX
  • Current TV
  • D.S.DUNDEE
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Dedalus Press
  • Faber & Faber
  • Fashion in Film Festival
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Finnish Institute
  • Fright Nights
  • Granta Books
  • Haiti Support Group
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Henry Boxer
  • Image Source Limited
  • Kerrang Magazine
  • Kingston University
  • Kino London
  • Last FM
  • Lenz books
  • London College of Fashion
  • London International Animation Festival
  • London International Documentary Festival (LIDF)
  • Love Art
  • Metro Media Ltd
  • Murphy Phillips
  • Mute Records
  • NFT
  • One World Broadcasting Trust
  • Ostalgia
  • Penguin Books
  • Plan B Publishing Limited
  • Profile Books
  • Quadrille Publishing Ltd
  • Rack Press
  • Raindance Film Festival
  • RHUL Media Arts
  • Rough Trade
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Salt Publishing
  • Sanctuary Publishing
  • Sao Paulo Film Festival
  • Scarlet Imprint
  • Screen Republic
  • Seren Books
  • Serpents Tail
  • Shash Media
  • Shiseido Gallery
  • Sholtz & Friends
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Slingshot Films
  • Sound UK Ltd
  • Springboard Media
  • The Address
  • The Barbican Centre
  • The BBC
  • The British Library
  • The Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art
  • The Clockwork Quartet
  • The Fridge
  • The Greater London Authority
  • The Green Party
  • The Hayward Gallery
  • The Italian Film Society
  • The Last Chance Saloon
  • The School of Cinema and Performing Arts
  • THE SCHOOL OF LIFE
  • Thinking and Doing Ltd
  • Transworld Publishers
  • Turnaround PSL
  • UCL
  • Universal Records
  • University of London
  • Verso
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
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