Nucleus Arts

Chatham Art Centre

Nucleus Arts' Chatham Art Centre was opened in 2002 by The Halpern Charitable Foundation as a space for local artists to develop and display their talents.  Since then it has grown into an award-winning arts and community base at the forefront of the cultural regeneration of the Medway Towns.

Sited in a former mews our Chatham site can be found just yards from Chatham High Street (opposite the PDSA Charity Shop), conveniently close to the town centre's car parks and bus and train stations.

Facilities at Nucleus Arts Chatham include:

Artist's StudiosCafé Nucleus • Nucleus Arts Chatham GalleryConference Facility

In addition, we have an electric kiln for hire and offer an ongoing programme of exhibitions designed to inspire, excite and educate.

Click on the menu above or contact us to find out more. 

 New studios coming soon to Chatham

Two new studios are soon to be built at Nucleus Arts Chatham.  Once they are completed we will be uploading images for both studios.


  • Studio 21a - 83 sqft - £87.97 per month
  • studio 22a - 86 sqft - £91.16 per month
Please contact us should you wish to view a comparable sized studio.

 Analogue Photography Darkroom

For analogue photographers, one of our resident studio artists offers a small darkroom suitable for wet-processing black and white film and negatives.

In brief, hire of the darkroom costs Mon-Fri 10-4pm including processing chemicals (for weekend and evening use please contact us). Photographers need only bring their own photographic paper and film/negatives.

£25 per day,

To book the darkroom please contact our office.

Kiln hire

We have a ceramics kiln on-site, which is available to hire:

Kiln hiring fee £20
Technician available to fire work for you at £10 per firing

Payment for kiln hire must be made in advance; technician's fee payable on day of hire.

N.B. Our technician is freelance and not on site permanently so all bookings must be made in advance

Kiln Details
Front-Loading Electric Ceramics Kiln (Cromartie CR220FB)

Capacity:  221 litres / 7.8cu/ft
Firing chamber dimension: 457mm (w) x 640mm (D) x 760mm (H)
Shelf layers: 5
Rated to 1300ºC

Suitable for firing: earthenware, stoneware and porcelain
Not suitable for: Glass (kiln does not have controlled cooling)

Please state what type of work you wish to fire/quantity of work to be fired when requesting a booking.

Further technical questions will be forwarded to our technician so please be patient awaiting a reply.

If you would like to make a booking please contact us.