Alexandra Palace has opened a dedicated creative learning facility, the latest phase in a major restoration of its East Wing.
Designed with input from local schools, health service providers, set designers and arts organisations, the Creativity Pavilion will offer workshops, exhibitions and performances, with a focus on skills development and boosting well-being.
The pavilion, created by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, has a flexible design to allow it to be adapted for a wide range of activities.
It comprises a series of movable panels to create different-sized spaces, a lighting rig and sound system and the ability to darken the room for projection.
Louise Stewart, chief executive of the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, said having a specially designed space for its learning activities meant the organisation “will be much better placed to deliver a creative programme to inspire people”.
“It’s going to be exciting to see how this space will support the charity to benefit more people in new ways,” she added.
The Creative Pavilion’s offering will include schools workshops, community-curated events and creative sessions for people with disabilities.
Funding for the project included a £500,000 grant from the now defunct Sackler Trust, which stopped its philanthropic giving in the UK last year amid controversy over the Sackler’s family’s alleged links to the US opioid crisis.
The pavilion is the latest phase to be completed in Alexandra Palace’s East Wing restoration, which also includes a £26.7 million redevelopment of its Victorian Theatre.
The theatre reopened in 2018 for the first time in more than 80 years, and now stages a range of drama, musical theatre and music.