Sarabande Building

Sarabande Foundation, London

Sarabande was set up by the late designer, Lee Alexander McQueen to support creative and visionary talent. In addition to providing scholarships and studio space for artists, designers and makers, Sarabande produces an extensive and pioneering public programme of events, from the practical to the inspirational, to workshops and business mentoring.


The Sarabande Foundation | SOON THIS WILL BE OVER: Summer Group Show 2022

Running since 2017, the annual Sarabande Summer Group Show is the highlight of the Sarabande year, showcasing work by artists who have made use of the organisation’s studio spaces over the last year. For the 2022 edition, SOON THIS WILL BE OVER features work by ten artists, celebrating the relationships and unique experiences that the residency has invited.

Sarabande Foundation | SERVED: Group Show 2021

SERVED marks the culmination of a year at Sarabande and traces developing relationships and building experiences at the Foundation. Although the previous year presented unique challenges with multiple lockdowns and social distancing, each artist has succeeded in extending their practices.

Sarabande Foundation Studios 2021

House of Bandits | Burberry: A Sarabande Takeover

House of Bandits is an experiential art and fashion takeover by Sarabande Foundation of the Burberry building in London’s Mayfair. Taking place on Vigo Street, adjoing the Burberry Regent Street store, the pop-up experience is filled with the hottest visual art, fashion, craft, photography, ceramics, jewellery and more – to represent the full breadth of creativity that Sarabande supports.

STALL: Group Show 2020  | 19th August – 13th September 2020

Kristina Walsh is an artist and creative director working across design, sculpture and moving image, moulding research with emotion to initiate discussion about social personal perspectives of the human body. Architecture of Autonomy shows the evolution of a project Kristina has been developing over the last two years: from a design series including new accessories, sculptures and prosthetics, through to photos and footage showing the collaboration of ten women.

Architecture of Autonomy | 22nd – 26th June 2020

Every year resident artists take over the main space for 3 weeks and produce together the Summer Group Show, a brilliant opportunity for you to see works by lots of Sarabande artists at the same time and, frankly, the summer’s biggest event.

This year’s artists include watercolour artist Stephen Doherty, painter Shannon Bono, stop motion animator Isabel Garrett, multi-media installation artist Joshua Beaty, conceptual shoe designer Jimmy Sugiura, ceramicist Camilla Hanney, photographer Paloma Tendero and digital illustrator Berke Yazicioglu.


Lee Alexander McQueen was an artist and visionary. It is through his generosity that Sarabande is able to continue his legacy, supporting those who have incredible talent and artistic ability, those willing to push boundaries and overturn prevailing orthodoxies. With Lee’s vision and direction, Sarabande has changed the lives of 85 artists and designers through scholarships and heavily-subsidised studio space and bespoke mentoring. 100 artists and designers will have been helped by Lee’s legacy by the end of 2020. To date Sarabande has welcomed more than 20,000 visitors to its live talks series.

The Foundation operates from a listed stable block on the canal in Haggerston, East London, where 15 studios form a creative community with designers and artists from multiple disciplines. The building is home to visual artists, sculptors, filmmakers and photographers as well as accessories and fashion designers, reflecting the range of Lee’s talent and the variety of craftspeople he worked with for his own collections. The studios opened in 2015 and as well as housing the artists in residence, it hosts inspirational and practical talks, workshops and exhibitions.

Sarabande Foundation | 22 Hertford Rd, Haggerston, London N1 5SH |