The Culture Factory of East London
Founded in 2012 by Thomas Ermacora, LimeWharf Makerhub is a cultural innovation hub situated along Regent’s Canal, East London. Through various programs, residencies and happenings, it provides an experimentation infrastructure including London’s first fablab, the Machines Room maker space, with a social impact focus, successfully incubating a number of art and technology startups and projects such as Technology Will Save Us, OpenDesk, SAM Labs, Music Hackspace and more…
Limewharf has hosted over 250 events, the majority of which were showcasing new, scratch works, unexpected collaborations, or working with young creatives to offer a safe environment to express.
LimeWharf offers many, varied residencies, from short term, site specific to longer term living within our community.The international artist program takes global artists and houses them in residential spaces to collaborate with our founder and community. The in house residency programme allows performers/artists/musicians to benefit from whatever resource they need in particular, generally resulting in an end event which is open to the public or ticketed. LimeWharf works with artists to obtain ACE funding, which allows us to help incubate creatives, as well as ideas.
LimeWharf is a platform which offers a unique mix of art, technology, and social consciousness. Our residents' are asked to respond to these themes, while research is guided by our curatorial team who are currently exploring the relationship between humanity and technology through art.
A strong supporter of the FabCity project, LimeWharf believes in placemaking as the best way to develop a neighbourhood. Collaborations with our partners ClearVillage and Machines Room steer our approach to urban regeneration.
LimeWharf is a fully accessible venue. We take pride in our use of sustainable suppliers including Ecotricity, Dirty Harrys (full range of eco brands) and local alcohol suppliers, East London Liquor Company & Toast Ale (produced from foodwaste). As well as hosting an Ecological Residency on our barge, LimeWharf is supporting innovation along the canal with projects such as a floating ecosystem in partnership with Biomatrix Water. LimeWharf is a Living Wage employer.
Our friends at the Machines Room run a vibrant community of East London businesses, designers, architects, artists and engineers. They have a Fab Lab & makerspace with machines for laser & vinyl cutting, 3D printing and CNC and also host corporate events, team building days, meetups and exhibitions (available for venue hire).
Partners in growth
The Limewharf has incubated numerous successful startups which have remained strong partners in our reciprocal growth.
Joachim @ SAM Labs
At SAM Labs, one of our main focuses is community. At LimeWharf, we've found that and more - much more. The friendliness between companies is ever present during frequent community events. The Wharf has been incredible in providing the resources for our business, and our neighbours', to grow and thrive. The east London location not only cultures us here at SAM, but also serves as a global selling point. To be part of this startup scene is an incredible experience and we're incredibly happy to do so in the driven, lively and creative LimeWharf community.SAM Labs
Lisa @ The LipSinkers
The support we received from LimeWharf was amazing. We were given a great space to create our work and everyone we came across was friendly and supportive. We really enjoyed our time there as part of the resident community. Huge thanks!The LipSinkers
Tadeo @ Music Hackspace
It's exciting to find a community of makers so open to collaborations and experimental opportunities like LimeWharf. The support we've received from the different people and members of the LimeWharf and Machines Room ecosystem is invaluable. We are very happy to be hosted at LimeWharf and we look forward to continue growing our communities together.Music Hackspace