TAP is at the centre of creativity in London, supporting emerging and developing theatre, visual and performing artists. Our doors are open for artists and the public to overlap, participate and experience how creativity can transform and enrich us and our community.
Featuring a gallery, black-box theatre, multi-use workshop space, and 10 resident artist studios all within our heritage building, TAP provides a unique space where people can tap into creativity.
Working with difference and promoting equality underpins our work. Our learning, exhibitions, studio practices and collaboration transforms thinking in our artistic community and our individual and collective contributions influence perspectives of the audiences that view our work.
As a community we are committed to creating and sustaining learning and working environments where difference is respected and the widest possible range of cultural and social perspectives are valued.
We treat each other fairly, according to need, and work to reduce barriers to participation for all. By fostering a hub where difference nourishes creativity and where respect is a catalyst for change and excellence, we support the learning and development of artists and audiences and our collective contribution to the common good.
A creative hub where art, performance and experimentation are the spark for a diverse and connected community.
We empower London’s creative community through opportunities to learn, work and build diverse audiences. By nurturing excellence in artistic creation we contribute to the health, economy and revitalization of our city through our shared creative impact.
We recognize there are many forms of inequality in the arts and intentionally work to reduce barriers to participation, presentation and understanding.
As a small organization, we are not afraid of radical change in our work, our community and our sector.
We believe in the power of working creatively together.
We act with courage to communicate the importance of investing in sustainable arts and to amplify the voices of our diverse artistic community.
You can download a printable copy of our strategic plan here.
TAP Centre for Creativity is located in the colonial city of London, Ontario; London is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Attawandaron peoples. These lands are connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties (both colonial treaties) of 1796, but also with the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. This wampum is an Indigenous treaty, originally made between the Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee peoples in the middle of the 18th century, and it covers the lands that are now called, in English, Southern Ontario. According to this covenant, the “dish” or bowl is the land, and the one spoon refers to the way we, as shared stewards of this land, use it: by taking only what we need and leaving plenty for others, because we all must eat, ultimately, from the same plate, regardless of bounty or hardship.
TAP takes the spirit of the Dish With One Spoon covenant to heart as we plan for the future. We are an arts incubator, offering studio space, rehearsal space, maker-space, and resources for emerging artists who work in a variety of media. We run community programs to bring the arts to a wide range of Londoners. We acknowledge that our London is a deeply multicultural, multilingual space, one where many Indigenous community members continue to act as land stewards and many newcomers continue to arrive, to share with us their knowledge and to share our resources in turn.