About

History

Centrepieces was founded in January 1999 by a group of artists who have all experienced mental health problems and live in the London Borough of Bexley and the surrounding area. Centrepieces was originally set up using a £5,000 Mind Millenium Award funded from the National Lottery. There are now around 80 artists as members of the Centrepieces project.

The Centrepieces Project Co-ordinator is Geoff Norris

Aims

Centrepieces adheres to the following aims.

  • Postive Images of Mental Health

    Centrepieces is to promotes postive images of mental health through the quality and diversity of the artwork produced by its artists.

  • Personal Development through Art

    Centrepieces is also committed to encouraging people to explore their creative side and express themselves through art as a way of facilitating personal growth, development and empowerment.

  • Education and Social Inclusion

    The Centrepieces project and its member artists work with local community groups and schools as a way of challenging stigma against mental health problems and combating social exclusion experienced by people with mental health problems. An example of work commissioned into a public space is The Worrier which was installed at Crayford Park.

Location

Since June 2014, Centrepieces has been located in the beautiful grounds of Hall Place. Our address is:

The Lodge
Hall Place
Bexley
Kent
DA5 1PG.
Tel: 01322 554 589
E: geoff.norris@centrepieces.org

How to get to us

Bus

We are well served by public transport, being within the Oyster Card Zone with the 132, 229, 492 and B12 buses stopping close by at the Gravel Hill Close stop on Gravel Hill.

Rail

We are almost equidistant between Crayford and Bexley railway stations which are on the same line and are both in Zone 6.

The more useful railway station is Bexley, with 229 and 132 buses available a short walk away on Bexley High Street to take you the remaining mile to The Lodge at Hall Place. You'll need to cross over the High Street and take the 229 or 132 in the direction of Bexleyheath to get to the Gravel Hill Close stop on Gravel Hill.

By road

Centrepieces is very close to the A2 East Rochester Way. Leave at the Black Prince Junction and, following signs to Crayford, turn into Bourne Road, then right into the public car park at Hall Place. Please note neither Centrepieces nor Hall Place can be held responsible for the safety of your vehicle or any belongings left in it, in the public car park.