EFOA at the East Finchley Festival

EFOA takes an active interest in local affairs and responds creatively by organising community art activities as opportunities present themselves. Some projects are collaborative, others educational.

Each year we support a local charity.

Pheonix Cinema

In 2019 we started a fundraising campaign in support of lighting and hanging equipment at the Phoenix Cinema. See EFOA Charity of the Year to find out more about this project and how to donate.


On Sunday 13th September 2020, Mary Poulter (willow work) and Hazel Mason (ceramics) held an event which raised nearly £1,400 for a number of charities.

It was held outdoors, was masked, sanitised and socially distanced, and no money or cards changed hands! It was a sale built on trust and good will. Neighbours and friends chose a piece or two, went home and contributed to the charity of their choice. All donations were then confirmed to the organisers after the “sale”. A total of 23 charities benefited.

The sale was held as a way to keep creating and contributing while respecting restrictions during the corona virus outbreak. Brysons, the East Finchley Printers, donated the printed leaflets.

Ambitious About Autism

We raised funds for them for a couple of years, through donations at our Winter Art Fairs in their Treehouse School halls.


  • EFOA collaborates with the Hampstead Garden Suburb Artists group.
  • We often collaborate with schools in our area to foster their artistic activity. We annually donate a prize to the best design and art pupils of the year at the Archer Academy, our local comprehensive school.
  • Each year we have a stall at the East Finchley Community Festival in Cherry Tree Woods and we regularly take part in High Road events.
  • Every year we work with the East Finchley Community Trust and local businesses in putting up and decorating the Christmas tree on the High Road

Other supported charities

Art Against Knives

In 2018, we raised over £400 for them at the Artists' Winter Fair in 2018. www.artagainstknives.com

Art Against Knives

Whittington Babies

Wittington Babies was our Charity of the Year for 2016 and 2017.

We raised money for the charity and donated £1,500 over the course of the two years. Whittington Babies

Whittington Babies

Finchley Youth Theatre

We raised money for FoFYT through donations at events. Friends of Finchley Youth Theatre.

Friends of the Finchley Youth Theatre