East Village Arts Collective

A Creative Community Space

Last Updated: October 14, 2018

Welcome to EVAC

Our Purpose

EVAC's purpose is to support art and creativity in the East Village and greater London community, by providing inclusive, accessible and affordable gallery/creative space, resources, workshops and events. We host a wide variety of concerts, exhibits, workshops, installations and community groups, working with the neighbourhood population artists and organizations to strengthen community ties and the local art/music scenes.

We are a cooperatively run, grassroots, nonpartison, secular organization committed to providing a safe, inclusive, respectful, creative environment to our members and greater community.

Unfortunately, as of November, 2018, we no longer have a physical space for the collective.


Get Involved

Members of EVAC no longer meets regularly. Please contact us.


There will be no events until further notice

More About Us!

Community, Creativity and Participation

What exactly is EVAC?

The East Village Arts Collective is a non-hierachical, collective group started by a small core of creative people in the East Village in Winter 2008, who were looking to have an inclusive, accessible, safe spot where they could record, craft and create art as well as connect with the greater community.

What happened there?

EVAC hosted a number of workshops, events, concerts, exhibitions and community groups. It served the community in a variety of ways, at times as a gallery, stage, studio, office, dining room, activist centre, safe space, work space, chill space, recording spot, bike shop, coffee spot, play area, crafting room and more.

How does it all work?

Decisions are made by consensus of the membership base. The collective is entirely volunteer run and have non-profit status.


The EAST VILLAGE ARTS COLLECTIVE (evac) is a grassroots community project which exists to provide common space and resources to the local community. We are united voluntarily to meet our common social, cultural, and creative needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and consensus-controlled collective. We are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, consensus, equality, equity, and solidarity. We believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

Voluntary and Open Membership: Our doors are open to all persons able to use our services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

Democratic Member Control: We are a consensus based organization controlled by our members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.

Member Economic Participation: Our members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their collective

Autonomy and Independence: We are an autonomous, self-help organization controlled by our members.

Education, Training and Information: We provide education and training for our members to inform the general public about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

Co-operation among Co-operatives: We serve our members by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.

Concern for Community: While focusing on our members needs, we work for the sustainable and ethical development of our communities through policies accepted by our members.


Check out our old flickr account here!