Thames-Side Studios is a provider of affordable studio spaces for artists, makers and designers. We run a permanent community of friendly, safe and professionally-managed high-quality studios on a 7-acre river-side site in London, and provide an environment that supports creative engagement and development for artists and makers to sustain their practice. To find out more about the history of the site see below.


Photography Studio
Available for documenting work, or for shoots.
Thames-Side Studios Gallery
One of South London’s largest single exhibition spaces.
Education Space
Hosts classes, artist talks, workshops, and more...
The Lounge
A beautiful space for studio holders to relax in with views of the Thames.
The Yard
Available free for any studio holders to use who need to work outside their studios for short periods.
Thames-Side Print Studio
One of London’s largest open access print studios.
London Sculpture Workshop
London's first open access sculpture workshop.
The Gate Darkroom
Black and white darkroom photographic processes in a communal and supportive environment.
The Arts Café and the Riverside Café are both on-site and highly recommended.
The Spray Shop
A 550 ft. sq. facility available to studio holders to spray large objects.
Site security
Security hut manned 24/7 365 days a year alongside CCTV.
Wash-up areas
Wash-up areas to clean brushes and materials.
Management Team
Experienced arts management team available Monday-Friday, 9am-5.30pm.
Picture Framer
Andrew Nicol Picture Framer is based on site...
Digital Fabric Printer
Beki Gowing is a digital fabric printer with stocks of cotton, linen and silk. You can even print on your own fabric.
Weekly Newsletter
Includes updates on the Thames-Side Studios community.
Annual Open Studios
We hold annual Open Studios that take place over a May weekend.
Social areas
A varity of areas in which to relax, chat, meet with colleagues or clients
Car parking
Free to studio holders and their visitors.
Three kilns are available for use by anyone with a studio in our community.


Thames-Side Studios is part of Emafyl (Robobond Ltd). Emafyl has been on this site in Woolwich, south-east London, previously the site of the old Siemens factory, for more than 30 years, and has been providing affordable, sustainable and secure, long-term studio-space here since 2010. It is now one of the largest single-site communities of artists, craft-makers and designer-makers in the UK. And we are committed to the continuing development of this provision.

Founded in 1983 by Howard Simons, Emafyl (Robobond Ltd) manufactured picture-frame mouldings, architectural and caravan mouldings in Woolwich, winning the Queen's Award for Export Achievement in 1996. However, with the decline in the manufacturing sector in Europe and further afield, the company developed other opportunities for the site and set about developing a centre of excellence with over 460 studios, exhibition spaces, a photographic room, kilning, a yard, spray shop, cafes, and classroom.

Parent company, D & J Simons and Sons Ltd is a long-established family business. Founded in 1903 by David Simons, the company was first established as a manufacturer of wood turnery and a supplier to the reproduction furniture industry.

Succeeded by his son Jack and later by Jack’s three sons, Stephen, Howard and Brian, the business was developed into the new millennium. The fourth generation, Daniel, Anthony, Robert and Amanda, provides family continuity and commitment well into the future.