Made in Croydon is a not-for-profit company which works to support Croydon’s Creative communities.
We want to promote, commission and connect all of the great designers, artisans and manufacturers who are inspired by, living or creating in Croydon, and we want to help them to find new markets and audiences for their products.
We want to encourage and support the cultural and arts communities of the borough and we particularly want to help to promote a positive image of Croydon and its place in the art, design and product worlds in the UK.
We want the arts and creativity to grow and thrive in Croydon; we will help to make this happen by supporting the work of professional artists, designers and craftspeople in the borough and connecting them to local manufacturers and retailers. Our long-term goal is also to help aspiring artists and craftspeople to enter the market and make it grow.
The Made in Croydon team has a huge amount of diverse experience in creating supportive frameworks that link and help Croydon communities. All of our directors live and work in Croydon and are passionate about helping people and companies; all of us see the incredible talents and opportunities the borough has to offer.
The directors include: writer and journalist, Bernadette Fallon; youth worker, Jack Kew; businesswoman & community leader, Josi Kiss; designer & photographer, Vipul Sangoi; and businesswoman & publican, Esther Sutton.
We would love to hear from any new artists, craftspeople, designers, businesses or community groups who are passionate about making Croydon a centre for creative activity and industry, as well as making it a viable place to sell creative work.
We are always looking for more partners to work with so please do get in touch with us if this is something that sparks your interest.
Right now we’re setting up several projects to help local artists, craftspeople and designers reach new markets. One of our most exciting plans is a regular pop-up market at Croydon Boxpark and Centrale Shopping Centre to showcase the best of Croydon’s creativity.
We’re developing relationships with other community groups and local enterprise to offer our partners commissions for events and one-off projects; for example, merchandise and gift bags to help promote Croydon.
We’re also working to find new markets for our partners, including setting up new pop-up spaces in the borough and teaming up with existing markets. We will also offer support and training for our members.
Ongoing marketing and promotion for our members: promoting local designers, craftspeople, artists and events in partnership with groups such as Boxpark, Croydon Council, local art galleries including RISE and Turf, the Croydon Citizen and Croydon Radio
Future plans include:
Made in Croydon LIVE: regular pop-up designer and creative markets across the borough
Made in Croydon ONLINE: an online sales, promotion and information platform for our members and the Made in Croydon projects
Made in Croydon HUB: a social and business network linking designers, makers, artists and business,
Made in Croydon MENTORS: a Croydon-based mentoring scheme linking established designers and makers with new and aspiring artists and crafspeople
Made in Croydon TRAILS: a Croydon arts and crafts trail based on the Open Studio concept, working with local businesses to showcase artists, designers and crafts people
Made in Croydon EMPORIUM: a long-term project to create a high profile retail outlet for Made in Croydon contributors to showcase their work