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The entrance to Artsdepot on Nether Street.
5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner N12 0GA
Architect Ruddle Wilkinson
Capacity 395 and 158
Opened 23 October 2004

The artsdepot is a multi-purpose cultural centre located in North Finchley, in the London borough of Barnet. It was officially opened on 23 October 2004 for the enjoyment and development of the arts in North London.



The venue comprises two main theatre spaces, The Pentland Theatre with 395 seats and a Studio Theatre with 158 seats.[1] The building also contains dance and drama studios, a gallery space and a cafe. The programme of performances ranges from theatre, to live music, comedy, dance, visual art, spoken word and children's events.

artsdepot also runs a programme of an educational courses for children and adults. Outreach programmes also include working with local schools, artistic companies, other venues, and festivals.


The artsdepot was initially conceived in 1996 at the Barnet 2000 conference, which addressed what new and improved services the borough’s residents would like to see in Barnet at the new Millennium [2]. What emerged from Barnet 2000 was a need for more professional arts facilities to supplement the facilities at the existing Bull Arts Centre in High Barnet, which was at that time the only professional, if small, arts centre in the borough.

The London Borough of Barnet then commissioned Taylor Woodrow and The Bull Arts Centre’s director, Alison Duthie, to develop plans for North Finchley’s regeneration and what was to become artsdepot. The site on which artsdepot was built had been empty, apart from a weekly market that was relocated to the nearby Lodge Lane car park, for over 20 years since the Gaumont cinema closed down in the 1970s (and later demolished in the 1980s).

In December 2001, the project was officially launched with the name "artsdepot" by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell, when the building works began.[3]

The venue was opened to the public for the first time on Saturday 23 October 2004 receiving over 2,500 visitors for its Community Open Day. The building was officially opened on 26 November 2004 by HRH The Earl of Wessex[4].

Artists that have exhibited in the Gallery space include Mark Maxwell in October 2006.


  1. ^ ACT Consultant Services. artsdepot Technical Information Overview Information, January 2005. Accessed 26 September 2009
  2. ^ Arts Council of England. IGNITE artsdepot Creative Services, March 2007. Accessed 26 September 2009
  3. ^ History of the artsdepot
  4. ^ Kummer, Sophie. Prince takes center stage Barnet Times, 27 October 2004. Accessed 20 October 2007

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Coordinates: 51°36′47″N 0°10′37″W / 51.61306°N 0.17694°W / 51.61306; -0.17694



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