Formed in 2004, no.w.here is a not for profit artist run organization based in Tower Hamlets that combines film production alongside critical dialogue about contemporary image making. As an artist run platform no.w.here supports the production of artist works, runs multiple workshops and critical discussions, and actively curates performances, screenings, residencies, publications, events and exhibitions. no.w.here's national and international projects explore political and aesthetic questions around contemporary image production and systems of distribution and no.w.heres ideas come directly from a participatory artistic practice that does not take these terms for granted. no.w.here is committed to high quality collaborations from major museums to local initiatives. Recent projects include "The Cinema of Prayoga": a 5 year research project and UK tour of Indian Experimental film: "The Free Cinema School" a contemporary film pedagogy: "Sequence": a new journal of artists writing on the moving image: "Light Reading a platform for direct discussion between artist and audience: "Instructions for Films" films made without the camera and "Image | Event" a platform for critical discourse within the "Image Mouvement" exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art Geneva. no.w.here was founded by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler. www.mirza-butler.net.
no.w.here's bespoke film equipment is not available anywhere else in the UK.
no.w.here now operates a peripheral shop! Purchase publications and film stock, book into workshops and join membership here
Autumn 2016: no.w.here fought off an eviction attempt in 2015. The campaign for the right to renew our lease and to remain in the building within our community remains.
Running such a campaign takes enormous time and energy away from the day to day programming of events and projects. If you can spare a little money to help sustain the campaign and no.w.here at this important moment it would be much appreciated! You can donate using the button below. Many thanks!
no.w.here opened a dedicated project space in 2015. Since then it has been used for screenings, events, projects, rehearsals, workshops, organising meetings, language classes, radical forms of making and production and film shoots. Groups who have used the space include Precarious Workers Brigade, x talk, United Voices of the World, Propagate.
Using the space
no.w.here isnt a venue, or a cinema, or a gallery - it is run by a core of 3 cultural workers on a part time basis, supported by a community of people who are artists, activists, and makers, and who want to make use of the space we have and hold together. With people using the project space and production resources at no.w.here we need to make sure there wont be clashes with bookings so we operate a simple system.
Use of the project space is free. However, we need to make enough money to keep no.w.here running as we have to pay rent, bills and maintenance costs.
If a project is unfunded we ask you to collect donations if possible, and if you intend to charge for a screening / event or project we ask you to contribute 30% of the takings to no.w.here.
Groups or projects who can afford to pay to use the space are contributing to the running costs of no.w.here which ensures that this resource can remain available for those who cannot contribute financially.
If you think your event fits our ethos, and would like to book the project space for a one-off event, email james (dot) holcombe (at) no-w-here.org.uk with the following information at least 14 days before the proposed day/time:
A description of your group/organisation
A description of the event proposed.
Whether it is open / closed to the public
Whether it is be free, ticketed or charged, or donation based
The date, time and duration.
You can check the calendar with James to see when the space is free. After you have booked your event please send the event details and at least 3 high quality JPEG images to James.
The space is available during no.w.heres opening hours from 10 - 6pm Tuesday to Saturday on a first come, first serve basis. Outside of these times (evenings and weekends) the space is available through discussion with James, Karen or Brad.
Priority for using project space will be given to groups, projects or events which include some of the following:
Have an active involvement in/relevance to the communities of East London.
Are unfunded/independent and with limited access to other resources.
Are led by and for groups facing injustice or oppression.
Are organised collectively rather than individually or hierarchically.
Are creating and sharing common resources or using forms of non-monetary exchange.
Demonstrates willingness to engage with other projects at no.w.here or contribute to helping run the space.
Activities are open to the public.
The project space is open to all no.w.here members, (full / half price student rates) as well as associate members. For more information on how to join no.w.here please see here. Membership is basically a re-investment in no.w.here as a community space and a project.
Activities which are probably not suitable for no.w.heres project space
Private events: Private events such as birthday parties will not normally be accepted.
Art exhibitions: the project space is used by different groups for different purposes. We do not consider it a suitable space for those exhibitions that do not clearly demonstrate local community engagement.
Political Parties: The way traditional political parties operate does not fit well with the values of no.w.here
no.w.here is not wheelchair-accessible at the present time
The project space seats 60-70 people maximum
1 x table for door / leaflets / drinks / bar
Basic food preparation area with microwave, kettle
PA with 4 channel mixer
SD / HD projector
16mm and Super 8mm projection
NB: Much of the above text was adapted from The Field, to whom our thanks are due.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to this guide before making an enquiry:
Frequently Asked Questions
Artist and co-founder,
Noor Afshan Mirza
Artist and co-founder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Film maker and head of lab and education, email@example.com
Writer, Curator, Lecturer. Associate Curator at no.w.here
Artist, Editor of Sequence Magazine
You can book an appointment to visit no.w.here from Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 1pm, and 2pm - 6pm. Saturday by prior arrangement.
Tours of no.w.here can be arranged at a week's notice. You are advised to call us if you wish to collect stock in person.
Telephone enquiries are taken from Weds - Fri.
First Floor, 316-318 Bethnal Green Road
Telephone: +44 (0)207 7294494
£120 per calendar year
no.w.here is a community organisation which operates on the basis of membership. Becoming a member provides you with access to the film laboratory facilities at no.w.here, and additionally entitles you to subsidised film stock purchases, film processing at members rates, and discounted 16mm film transfers. Using the lab includes the free use of the steenbeck editing tables, the rostrum camera, and contact and optical printers (providing you have already undertaken a no.w.here workshop in their use and have demonstrated competence in operation). Membership also provides discounted entry to events and substantial discounts on workshops and courses.
Find out more and join online here
Razwana Akram is a partner at Simons Muirhead & Burton, a London based media law firm. She is a commercial lawyer with specialist experience in intellectual property law and financing, with emphasis on Technology, Media & Telecommunications. Razwana provides advice on all aspects of development, production, financing and distribution as well as media finance. She acts for a wide range of clients from the Film and TV industries, institutional and private lenders, and investors and sponsors, both domestic and international. She also works on a number of cross-border transactions, in particular UK/US and UK/emerging markets related projects, and advises on international structuring and security. Razwana has also worked at Universal Pictures International Entertainment.
Paul Goodwin is an independent curator, urbanist and researcher based in London. His interdisciplinary curatorial and research projects have extended across the fields of contemporary art and migration, Black diaspora visual cultures, art in public places, critical curation and emergent urbanisms. From 2008 until 2012 Paul was Curator of Cross Cultural Programmes and then Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain. He is currently Professor of Black Art and Design Studies at the University of the Arts London and MeLa Project Research Curator at the Royal College of Art (Museums in an Age of Migration, EU funded international research project).
Omar Kholeif (EGYPT/UK) is Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Curator at Large at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester, and Senior Editor at Ibraaz. He specializes in contemporary artist film, video and emerging technology with a focus on contemporary cultural practice within the broader intersections of North Africa and the Middle East. His writing appears in The Guardian, Art Monthly, Wired, Film International, Frieze and Artforum International, as well as in numerous catalogues and books. Previously Omar was Curator at FACT (Liverpool), a curator for the Liverpool Biennial, Artistic Director at the Arab British Centre, Head of Art & Technology at SPACE, London and founding Director of the UK's Arab Film Festival.
Sarah Perks is an international curator and producer with over ten years experience of contemporary visual art, independent film and engagement. A specialist in artist feature length film (setting up Cornerhouse Artist Film in 2011), performance and participatory art, Sarah has worked extensively with international established artists including Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Rosa Barba, Rashid Rana, Clifford Owens, Jamie Shovlin and David Shrigley. Recent curatorial credits include group show 'Anguish and Enthusiasm: What Do You Do With Your Revolution Once You've Got It?' and Los Angeles performance and video artist 'Stanya Kahn: It's Cool I'm Good'.
Volunteers & Interns Statement
no.w.here has made a collective decision to terminate our internship program. This is a stand against the normalization of internships in the cultural sector as an expected supply of free labour.
However, we are also aware that due to the size of our organisation, we are not able to provide the level of support, professional development and training an ethical internship should offer.
Instead, we are moving to a volunteer support network for no.w.here. The volunteer program will involve much less mentoring and supervision than an internship, and is intended for people with specific, prior skills in the areas listed below. The volunteering program is not appropriate to those seeking to gain general experience in arts administration.
The volunteer program demands less of a time commitment than an internship. Instead, it is structured as a system of exchange whereby volunteers can accrue points towards free entry at events alongside reduced prices on workshops, membership, film stock, equipment hire and processing through offering their skills and time. We really want to hear from members, and people within the no.w.here community as well as new people to no.w.here*. We need a commitment of at least half a day a fortnight, and ideally a day a week from volunteers who have skills in any of the following areas:
Maintenance of processor, projector, Steenbecks
16mm machine Processing
Audio/video technical (event set up in the evening)
Camera operator (for recording events in the evening)
In cooperation with each volunteer we will write together a contract outlining the expectations and needs of the exchange, including the frequency and length of time agreed, and how the volunteering will be reciprocated for example towards a free workshop, use of equipment, processing, discounted stock or attendance at events.
We see the volunteer program as working as a transferable skills exchange. For example, if you had been volunteering a day a fortnight for 3 months on processing, when a new volunteer comes along who wants to assist in that capacity, you transfer your skills prior to them taking over. We hope this will also offer volunteers experience in cooperative teaching and learning. We expect all volunteers to be friendly and helpful to other lab users, contributing to a good working environment.
If you are new to no.w.here and interested in volunteering, the best thing to do is come to an event or workshop and speak to us about your interests and skills. That way, you can get to grips with what we do, and gain a better picture of how you can get involved.
* Please note that all volunteers will need to become a member of no.w.here, with a minimum of Associate Membership. Read more about no.w.here membership.
Within the open production space (the lab) no.w.here:
Creates a space where artists can pursue an independent working practice.
Encourages artists and filmmakers to work autonomously.
Enables access to film facilities that are run with a high level of professionalism.
Passes on knowledge to artists about film materials, printing techniques, image and chemical manipulation, shooting and editing on film through these specialist workshops.
Supports artists to shoot, edit and complete their films at minimum cost.
Equal opportunities policy
no.w.here is an equal opportunities organisation and does not discriminate on grounds of race, gender, or disability.
no.w.here believes in treating all people equally irrespective of race, ethnic origin, sex, martial or parental status, sexual orientation, creed, disability, age or economic background. We are committed to working with minorities in society through education, and encourages energy efficient practices and the recycling of goods and materials where possible.
no.w.here is committed to conserving resources and implementing good work practices which benefit the environment.