Dive In Associates

The Riverside Studios Associates programme will provide an opportunity for individuals, community interest organisations and registered charities to develop collaborative, creative relationships with Riverside Studios. 

We have selected four Associates who are based in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, who demonstrate community, audience development or artistic practice.  

Through a one year engagement with Riverside Studios, Associates will receive a range of fantastic benefits, from opportunities to collaborate on Riverside’s community and artistic programme, discounted hire of studio space, invitations to regular events, free access to an Associates Office, marketing support on social media channels to networking opportunities. 

We are thrilled to announce that the first ever Dive In Associates will be... 


Cats Whiskers Community Arts 

Cats Whiskers is a charity theatre group for people over 50 which was developed after working with the local community at Open Age’s New Horizons’ centre in Chelsea for the past 10 years. As a Dive In Associate, Cats Whiskers aim to continue expanding its already existing popularity with elders through its innovative film and drama related activities. Some of these outreach aims include filmmaking workshops, Q&A screenings, drama classes and performances for older people in the community.  


This New Ground 

This New Ground is an ambitious initiative that seeks to elevate the artistic voices and talents of people with learning disabilities in Hammersmith and Fulham. This New Ground were thrilled to hear the news: 

“We are delighted to be partnering with The Riverside Studios as a Dive In Associate. As an exciting cultural hub with a rich, local history, Riverside will provide valuable opportunities to deepen our roots in the borough and extend the reach of our community. We look forward to learning and collaborating together!” 


Simone Nyack 

Simone Nyack is an Arts Award qualified teacher who runs after school arts and crafts clubs in local primary schools. She loves helping kids get creative by teaching and inspiring them to create bold, abstract paintings and sculptures, and even uses art to help teach kids science. Simone is a resident of the Queen Caroline Estate in Hammersmith and is delighted to be a Riverside Studios Dive In Member and Dive In Associate. 


Flute Theatre 

Flute Theatre is an award winning company. They create productions of Shakespeare for autistic individuals and their families, based on the Hunter Heartbeat method created by their founder and Artistic Director Kelly Hunter MBE.  They combine pioneering research with artistic excellence.  Since March 2020, in response to COVID-19 they have adapted our work to be accessible virtually.  They are committed to changing the lives of autistic individuals and their families using their ground-breaking Hunter Heartbeat Method with their community projects and our collaborations with neuroscientists at UCL and Goldsmiths University of London. “Our personal heroes, during lockdown – are Flute Theatre. During this crisis, they have helped us and the entire autistic community EVERY SINGLE DAY, WITHOUT FAIL.” -Lisha Aquino Rooney, Parent.