Intra Arts have run community arts venue and maker space ‘INTRA’ since 2014, and here the public has access to a wide range of specialist artist-owned equipment. We have a printmaking studio, kilns for glass, craft equipment and many other tools, as well as welcoming workspaces where we run creative classes. We have deep roots in the community, co-creating festivals, hosting exhibitions and helping people find creative pathways to better wellbeing. We offer a multi-disciplinary programme of cultural events, training and activities to build engagement with the arts with people in Medway and Kent.
Our not for profit company Intra Arts Ltd. was formed in 2014 when we took on the former Spemco building in Rochester High Street. This Art Deco fronted, Victorian building is much loved in the historic area of ‘Chatham Intra’. Our aim is to provide an arts programme, creative opportunities and education in a space that welcomes people of all ages, abilities and circumstances.
We have built a friendly community of people interested in creativity of all kinds. People come to us to learn specialist skills, make things in company, to get a break from the stresses of their lives, have fun, work on projects collectively and individually, meet other local people, and all sorts of other reasons. We don’t require membership, and we keep prices affordable.
There is a lovely workshop space where we run a programme of creative activities. The space can also be hired by groups or individuals to host meetings, parties or classes.
The studio spaces at INTRA are occupied by artists who bring and share their expertise and equipment with the community. We have Medway Fine Printmakers CIC running a fantastic print studio with an excellent range of presses and courses spanning intaglio, stencil, and relief printing. Unravel & Unwind offer a craft drop-in where you can learn skills from crochet to decoupage, or bring along a project you are working on and make it in company. We have a small shop of hand printed gifts, stationery and textiles – mostly made on the premises, Glassmania’s Karen Verma hosts glass classes every Tuesday, and dressmaker Christina Kinsey makes clothing and alterations.
INTRA doesn’t currently receive ongoing funding from any public body, but hopefully we will in the future. We do run projects funded by various arts and wellbeing organisations, and offer free and discounted activities as part of those schemes.
Intra Arts Limited
Company Number 09151762, Registered in England & Wales.
Registered Office: 337-341 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1DA