Croydon Creative Hub Matthews Yard Set To Close

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Croydon Creative Hub Matthews Yard Set To Close

Sorry news from Croydon, where creative hub Matthews Yard is winding up operations.

The non-profit organisation has won plaudits for its mix of co-working space, cafe, bar, gallery and crowd-funded theatre. It has helped reinforce Croydon's creative reputation arguably more than any other local venture.

Matthews Yard has also attracted plenty of street art, including this balcony Diana by Rich Simmons.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Matthews Yard is soon to close as its building awaits demolition. The farewells began in a tweet of 2 January:

Founded by Saif Bonar in the wake of the Croydon riots of 2011, Matthews Yard has touched many people's lives, as can readily be seen from the stream of replies to the above tweet.

The battered grey door will close for good on 22 February 2020. The venue's passing is a sad loss to the creative life of Croydon, and we can only hope the project is reborn soon at another site.

Last Updated 03 January 2020