Seemingly unaffected by its stiff, corporate surroundings, The Food Court is offering a hopeful spark of contemporary culture and artistic energy from within the troubled Docklands precinct. Overlooking the Waterfront City Piazza, the new artist-run project space is housed in the long-abandoned Festival Food Court, a now-defunct eatery that has been collecting dust since 2010. Functioning as a community arts space, The Food Court marks the beginning of an ambitious program of temporary exhibitions, which hopes to bring a fresh creative vigour to the area.

Free wi-fi, coffee, shared books, participatory dinners, screenings, performances, exhibitions and workshops are just some of the activities orbiting the lively hub, which will remain free to the public over the next six months. Currently, you can catch multimedia works by Ash Keating, Todd Anderson-Kunert and Hannah Raisin among others.

The Food Court is part of the wider Renew Docklands Spaces project, an initiative helmed by a group of artists (James Wright, Matt Leaf, Polly Stanton and Nico Reddaway) and supported by generous community donations. Their aim is to bring a wealth of artistic energy to the Docklands and transform this failed former food court into an engaging cultural space for the community – no easy task. The program will encompass live performances, workshops in art and technology, screenings, collective meet-ups and monthly exhibitions. The team hope to create a context for disparate ideas, discussions and events aimed at facilitating the increasing overlap between artistic practice and its public potentials.

The Food Court program is set to run for the next six months at 157 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City Piazza.

Wed to Sun noon–6pm