lightbox paintingThe Map

The Get Creative Medway map helps you to find local venues offering courses, studio space, rooms and halls for hire, specialist arts facilities, equipment, and art groups where you can meet up with people who share creative interests.

The map covers Strood, Hoo, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham, the towns along the river Medway, north of the M2. We aim to list every venue that helps to get people making things and directly involved in creative activities. If you spot somewhere missing from the map, please suggest a venue so that we can add it. A paper version of the map will be published soon too, distributed free in Medway.

Map Index – venues organised by activity


CHILDREN’S CREATIVE ACTIVITIES: All Saints Children’s Centre, Chulo Naturals, Community Hub Strood, Dot Cafe, Guildhall Museum, Huguenot Museum, Icon Theatre, INTRA, LV21, The Moat House – Rochester Baptist Church, Nucleus Arts Centre Chatham, Nucleus Arts Rochester, Riverside Country Park, Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, Rochester Cathedral, Royal Engineers Museum, Rochester Flea Market, St Mary’s Island Community Centre, Strood Youth Centre, Upnor Castle.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Brook Theatre, Buxton Dance & Drama Studios, C.C.B Sewing Machines, Chulo Naturals, Dance Alley, Francis Iles Art & Craftworks, Guildhall Museum, Hazelnut Press, Hometown, Huguenot Museum, Icon Theatre, INTRA (Medway Fine Printmakers and Unravel & Unwind), Jackie Lynn Dance Studio, Kiss Kiss Heart, Loop Dance Company, LV21, MACLS, Medway Archives & Local Studies Centre, Nucleus Arts Centre Chatham, Peninsula Methodist Church (Simply Art and North Kent Art Society), Riverside Country Park, Rochester Art Gallery & Craft Case, Rochester Cathedral, Royal Engineers Museum, Spotlites, St Mary’s Island Community Centre, Sunlight Centre, Sun Pier House, The Vines United Reformed Church, Woodlands Arts Centre.

CRAFTS: Francis Iles Art & Craftworks, Huguenot Museum, INTRA (Unravel & Unwind), Kiss Kiss Heart, MACLS – Chatham Centre, United Reformed Church (Medway Spinners Dyers and Weavers Association), Sun Pier House.

CROCHET: INTRA (Unravel & Unwind).

DANCE: Brook Theatre, Buxton Dance & Drama Studios, Cleave Warne Hall, Dance Alley, Icon Theatre, Jackie Lynn Dance Studio, Loop Dance Company, Spotlites, Starquest Chatham, St Mary’s Island Community Centre (Island Dance Academy), Sunlight Centre, Woodlands Arts Centre.

DRAMA & THEATRE CRAFT: Brook Theatre, Cleave Warne Hall (Alternate Shadows), Dance Alley, Icon Theatre, Medway Little Theatre, The Oasthouse Theatre, Spotlites, Starquest Chatham, Woodlands Arts Centre.

DRESSMAKING: C.C.B Sewing Machines, INTRA, MACLS – Rochester Centre.

EMBROIDERY: C.C.B Sewing Machines, INTRA.

FILM MAKING: Icon Theatre, Medway Film Makers, Woodlands Arts Centre.

FLORISTRY: Gillingham Congregational Church (Gillingham Floral Art Group), MACLS – Hoo Centre, MACLS – Rochester Centre.

GLASS ART: MACLS – Rochester Centre.


INTERIORS: Kiss Kiss Heart

JEWELLERY:Huguenot Museum, INTRA (The Skiving Scholar, Unravel & Unwind), MACLS – Rochester Centre, Sun Pier House.

KNITTING: C.C.B Sewing Machines, INTRA (Unravel & Unwind), MACLS – Rochester Centre, United Reformed Church (Medway Spinners Dyers and Weavers Association).

LIFE DRAWING: MACLS – Rochester Centre, Sun Pier House.

MUSIC: City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Icon Theatre, Medway Drum Studio, Napier Community Primary and Nursery School (Medway Band and Medway Concert Brass), Peninsula Methodist Church (Rochester and District Music Society), Rainham Oast House Community Centre, Ranscombe Studios

PAINTING & DRAWING: INTRA (Unravel & Unwind), MACLS – Chatham Centre, MACLS – Rainham Evening Centre, MACLS – Rochester Centre, Nucleus Arts Rochester (Simply Art), Peninsula Methodist Church (Simply Art and North Kent Art Society), Sun Pier House, The Vines United Reformed Church (Francis Iles Gallery).

PHOTOGRAPHY: MACLS – Hoo Centre, MACLS – Rochester Centre, Reflex Photographic Club, Photobook Club at INTRA.

POTTERY: MACLS – Rochester Centre.

PRINTMAKING: INTRA (Medway Fine Printmakers), Hazelnut Press.

QUILTING & PATCHWORK: C.C.B Sewing Machines, Hometown.

RECORDING & REHEARSAL STUDIOS: DEF Studios, Medway Drum Studio, Ranscombe Studios, Sunlight Centre, Woodlands Arts Centre.


SCULPTURE: MACLS – Rochester Centre.

SEWING: C.C.B Sewing Machines, INTRA, Hometown, MACLS – Rochester Centre.

SPACE / ROOM HIRE: All Saints Children’s Centre, Brook Theatre, Cleave Warne Hall, INTRA, The Joiners Shop, LV21, Matthews Memorial Hall, The Moat House – Rochester Baptist Church, Napier Community Primary and Nursery School, Nucleus Arts Centre Chatham, Nucleus Arts Rochester, Nucleus Creative Riverside Hub, Peninsula Methodist Church, Rainham Oast House Community Centre, Spotlites, St Mary’s Island Community Centre, Sunlight Centre, Sun Pier House, Woodlands Arts Centre.

STUDIO SPACE RENTALS: Nucleus Art Centre Chatham, Nucleus Arts Rochester, Sun Pier House, The Joiners Shop, West End Studios.

UPHOLSTERY: Kiss Kiss Heart

WEAVING: United Reformed Church (Medway Spinners Dyers and Weavers Association).

WRITING: Sunlight Centre (Medway Mermaids),

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