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5 Nether Street, North Finchley
N12 0GA
020 8369 5454
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Woodside Park
artsdepot History

History of the theatre


artsdepot was conceived by the local community at a conference called Barnet 2000 which addressed what new and improved services the borough's residents would like to see in Barnet at the new Millennium. What emerged was an overwhelming need for more professional arts facilities, in fact a larger version of The Bull Arts Centre in High Barnet, which was then the only professional, if small, arts centre in the borough.

The London Borough of Barnet then put the project in motion and teamed up with developers Taylor Woodrow and The Bull Arts Centre's director, Alison Duthie, to develop plans for North Finchley's regeneration and what was to become artsdepot. The site on which artsdepot was built had been empty, apart from a weekly market that was relocated to the nearby Lodge Lane car park, for over 20 years, since the Gaumont cinema closed down in the 1970s and was later demolished in the 1980s.


Chris Baldwin, a specialist theatre designer from ACT Theatre Consultants, and John Thornbury, an architect from Ruddle Wilkinson, were appointed to design a major residential and commercial development, to contain a multi purpose art centre with performance and visual arts spaces.


In December the project was officially launched by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell, when the building works began and the name, artsdepot, was unveiled.


The "Topping Out Ceremony" marked the end of the building works. Actor and artsdepot patron Miranda Richardson skimmed off the top of the last concrete brick and contractors MJ Gleeson circled a lucky yew tree around the near completed building with their huge crane.

A number of pre-opening events around the borough included the extremely popular Play! Children's festival at Friary Park, which attracted over 10,000 people, and a season of pre-launch events at The Bull.


artsdepot opened to the public for the first time on Saturday 23 October and welcomed over 2,500 visitors through its doors for its Community Open Day. This was followed by a unique family day on Sunday 24 October under the banner of Play! Children's Arts Festival, catering for a further 1,500 young children and families.

On Tuesday 26 October North Finchley laid out the red carpet for HRH The Earl of Wessex who officially declared the building open and unveiled a ceremonial plaque.

The glitz and glamour continued at artsdepot's VIP guest and press launch where dignitaries from the arts world, funding bodies and the press toasted the success of the building and enjoyed specially commissioned performances from the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and world renowned classical percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

artsdepot's first season (October – December 2004) was an extremely busy and exciting one, with a record number of sold out performances and an influx of positive comments and words of encouragement from local residents and new audiences.


The work goes on as artsdepot continues to serve the diverse groups of its local community and surrounding areas with exciting projects including Asian theatre and dance events, a Japanese themed family day, film-making with local Somali children, and a residency with CandoCo Dance Company among others


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