Our new Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre is taking shape! View the photos for a glimpse of what’s coming in 2019.
We invited a select group of people from the media and arts on a preview tour this morning. Thank you to everyone who came along – The Sun, BBC, ITN, Arts Council England and St Mary’s University. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to see where we are moving to, and the huge potential the new venue offers to disadvantaged communities.
Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre, with its 15,000 square feet in the Trocadero building, at the heart of the West End, is a unique venture. It is a momentous development in the history of British Muslims, and a major new project for the Aziz Foundation.
Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre is the new home of the Aziz Foundation. But it is much more than this.
In addition to our new office location, the Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre is a faith space for Muslims in the heart of the city offering prayer/reflection space and a venue for inter/intra-faith encounters and exchange; an incubation space to nurture bright sparks and start-ups from disadvantaged communities; a Professional Development Centre to support skills development and capacity building in disadvantaged communities; and a Community/Arts Centre to enhance the ability of disadvantaged communities to curate, produce and exhibit artistic outputs through the provision of an Auditorium and audio/video recording suites right at the epicentre of London’s theatre land.
The Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre will serve as a talent pipeline for disadvantaged communities providing them with the space and facilities to produce, craft and present their art forms; theatre, comedy, music, dance and painting, to the capital’s diverse population.
The Chair of the Aziz Foundation, Asif Aziz said:
“This is a very proud moment in the history of the Aziz Foundation and in the history of British Muslims.
The Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre is an unparalleled venture which will offer British Muslims and all our disadvantaged communities in London, and visitors from beyond, a massive space with a myriad of purposes.
After years of seeing British Muslims pray on the streets – including on cold and rainy days – I am deeply honoured to make available a location for daily and congregational prayer at the heart of the West End. The Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre has a dedicated female prayer space for British Muslim women to meet, pray, foster friendships and share in the amazing facilities surrounding them.
British Muslims and our disadvantaged communities have a rich heritage in the arts and culture and the Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre will provide them all a home to incubate, develop and hone their craft for the enjoyment of all that live in our great city.”
Mohammed Abdul Aziz, director of the Aziz Foundation said:
“Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre will be a space where Muslims and others can come together to resolve disputes, share ideas and experiences, and grow together. It will be a space where we can incubate talent, projects and organisations – to build capacity in our most disadvantaged communities so that they can address their own needs and also contribute to the common good. It will be a space where young artists and entrepreneurs can meet, work, network and excel – and springboard on to greater things, fulfilling their potential and enriching us as a society.”
The Piccadilly Community and Arts Centre is due to open in summer 2019 so watch this space.