About us

Home of Contemporary Queer Culture

In our many iterations in the last 5 years, Social Convention has always sought to embrace change. From going digital during the pandemic and providing much needed relief for performers and audiences stuck at home, to opening our first venue post lockdown.

Our small creative team has learned and grown so much in the last 18 months based at our home in Canning Town, Newham. We’ve excelled in offering joyful events and delicious drinks, supported first-time and experienced event producers, delivered accessible funding advice, and developed our own creative voice as a company. 

As we enter our 6th year we continue to adapt and evolve, we want to prioritise our collaborative work with our creative and communities.Therefore, we have decided to close our venue and prioritise delivering our first programmed season ‘In Transition’ as a resident at Applecart arts, the Good Hotel and other venues across East London. Our mission has always been to queer cultural spaces and to deinstitutionalise the arts; we feel now is a good time to deliver that mission across Newham and in collaboration with other organisations who have similar values. 

For the longer term future of Social Convention, we’re working to secure an even better space to deliver our mission and to programme more ambitious projects. This move from physical venue to mobile company is not permanent, just a transitional phase for us.

Picture featuring Cimeon Ellerton-Kay (He/Him), who is the CEO block-team Chief Creative Officer of Social Convention.
CEO & Chief Creative Officer
Cimeon Ellerton-Kay
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Picture featuring Emma King (She/Her), who is the Creative Producer and Community Manager of Social Convention.
Creative Producer & Community Manager
Emma King
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Picture featuring Miko Chrobot (He/Him), who is the Creative Director block-team Venue Supervisor of Social Convention.
Creative Director & Venue Supervisor
Miko Chrobot
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Arts Council England Lottery Funded

Social Convention is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, company no. 11228671

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