The Bermondsey Project is celebrating five years at the Crosse & Blackwell factory in Willow Walk.
The Bermondsey Project was set up in 2010 by the homelessness charity Crisis in partnership with studio and arts education provider Bow Arts.
"When I think of the opportunities and advancement that this unique project has enabled, I feel all involved deserve huge congratulations," said Zandra Rhodes.
"Let's hope this imaginative programme serves as a model for others to follow."
The anniversary event opened on Friday with an arts and crafts market and open-air film screenings.
Also launched was Made in Bermondsey exhibition showcasing work produced by Crisis Skylight Bermondsey.
Mark Wallinger has curated The Best of Bow Arts drawing on work from a community of over 400 artists.
There are plans to redevelop the site with around 400 homes. Some parts of the historic buildings would be retained.