Finding a Studio

24th May 2018

I am continuing to investigate studio space and have discovered the ACS Studio Prize, which I intend to apply for.

ACS Studio Prize

The Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that administers intellectual property rights on behalf of visual artists.

The Prize: For a second year running,  ACS is offering an artist the chance to win £6,000 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK.

The Studio Prize was established after a number of our members’ spoke of the economic challenges they faced when starting their artistic careers. ACS realises how difficult it is to focus on your art especially after leaving university. The ACS Studio Prize was founded to help.

If you are an EU or EEA national and are an undergraduate or postgraduate university student on an accredited art course who is about to graduate, or if you have graduated from a university accredited art course within the last four years, and you work in pictures, collage, painting, sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, glassware or photography, then you are eligible to apply for the prize.

https://www.acsstudioprize.com/

24th February 2018

I have spent some time investigating the potential for acquiring a studio – as yet I am no further ahead in this matter. During my search I found the checklist below to be particularly useful. To date, all the studio’s I have found are either too far, too cold, too small or too expensive. This is no easy Task!

Choosing the right studio for you

Here is a checklist of questions to ask yourself when establishing the right studio for you:

  • Do you prefer working alone or with other people?
  • Can you work from home?
  • What type of art do you make?
  • Would you like to work where you can also exhibit?
  • How much can you realistically afford to spend?
  • Have you researched the studio?
  • What do other people say?
  • Is the landlord flexible about when rent is due?
  • Can you sublet the space?

https://ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/article/renting-an-artist-studio

Looking at this list my considerations are below.

  • Do you prefer working alone or with other people?
    • I do prefer to work alone, however I am quite happy to work with other people too – this is not a deal breaker.
  • Can you work from home?
    • I am at the stage that I really need considering moving my artistic practice from my home. My home looks more and more like a storage container every day.
  • What type of art do you make?
    • Video, Photography, Installation, Sculpture, Printmaking. The issue of space arises at home when I have a larger scale piece or an exhibition to prepare for.
  • Would you like to work where you can also exhibit?
    • Being very tired of all the travelling I do, I would prefer a studio as close to my home as possible.
  • How much can you realistically afford to spend?
    • Realistically – £150 per calendar month max.
  • Have you researched the studio?
    • My research to date is below.
  • What do other people say?
    • I’ve only really heard comments about Haus of Helfa and that there seem to be a lot of ‘rules’ for having a studio space there. No Noise and no solvents in particular. It’s also exceptionally cold which would make it impractical for me.
  • Is the landlord flexible about when rent is due?
  • Can you sublet the space?

Ruthin Craft Centre – Too Expensive

I investigated the possibility of taking an artist studio at Ruthin Craft Centre. It appears to me that people tend to take on a Studio here on a short term basis. This is a consideration so that I can take part in the Helfa Gelf Open Studios event.

The Studios are Ruthin Craft Centre and individual units with 24 hour access and a seemingly perfect option – but for the cost.

Studio workshop/retail space to rent (approx. 50m2) –
for Designer makers/Craftspeople.

Current Studio vacancy: Studios 4 & 6
Approx. 50m2 (540 sq. ft)
Rent: £292+ vat per month (£3,500+ vat per annum) – £6.50 per sq.ft.

Available from January 2016
Download the information pack here

For further details please contact:
Rebecca Williams, Property Services,
Denbighshire County Council
E: rebecca.williams@denbighshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01824 706814

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/studio-information/studios-to-let/

Haus of Helfa – Too Cold

I did consider Tedder House as a potential studio opportunity. However I was put off by other peoples comments. And in particular my own experience of the intense cold in the building.

he Haus Studio project provides 11 studio spaces at 26 Augusta Street LLandudno for a diverse range of practitioners including visual fine artists, photographers, illustrators,ceramists, writers and much more.

It seeks to foster a collaborative and participatory experience creating a vibrant and creative community. The  HAUS  studio project is a creative hub for  networking, exhibition and  the development of practice and peer-led mentorship for artists. Having the building, enables  the tenants to work together and form a artist-led space. We aim to create the framework for a world of ideas and inspiration which will help contribute to the  growth of  a vibrant Llandudno arts scene.

http://www.cultureactionllandudno.co.uk/portfolio-posts/haus/

Below is the email reply from CALL Action Llandudno regarding my interest in the Studio Rental Opportunity.

Thank you for your interest in our studio rental opportunity.

We already have 10 artists residing in Tedder House, over the top two floors of the building.

Studio 9 is still available and is located on the top floor, at the back of the building. It has a window and lockable door.

The rental charges are:-

Rent – £65 per month
Service Charge – £30.97 per month
Total – £95.97 per month

Upon signing a rental agreement we will ask you for a months rent deposit, a months rent & service charge in advance and an admin/key cutting charge of £15. Total = £175.97

I attach a (draft) copy of our agreement and studio notes for you to read which will give you more information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

If you are still interested, we are holding an open viewing of the studio on Wednesday 04th October at 12 o’clock – midday.

Please let me know if you can attend the viewing as the door will be locked once everyone has arrived to ensure the safety of our existing tenants.

Kind regards
Nicole

CASC Studios

For more info see http://www.helfagelf.org

C.A.S.C. (Contemporary Art Studios Cymru) is an artist-run organisation which was founded on St David’s Day 2009 by Colin Williams, Noel Brown and Wendy Couling a group of artists seeking an appropriate space in which to make their develop their pratice.

Our mission is to support and promote emerging and established contemporary visual artists from North Wales and beyond, through affordable artist-run studios, to sustain and develop local, regional and international initiatives and to promote research and community outreach project.

CASC is a group studio with six members – Wendy Couling, Barry Morris (Badge), Antonia Dewhurst, Wendy Dykes, Jane Tudor and Vicki Frost.

http://www.wendycouling.com/section266982.html

This is the Studio Rental Advert that I found relating to CASC. I know this is an old advert, however it is one to keep an eye on for the future, just in case a studio becomes free.

CASC is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation which was founded on St David’s Day 2009, by a group of artists seeking an appropriate space in which to make their artwork.

Our mission is to support and promote emerging and established contemporary visual artists from North Wales and beyond, through affordable artist-run studios, in order to sustain and develop local, regional and international initiatives and to promote research and community outreach projects.

CASC Studios is a Contemporary Group Art Studio consisting of Artist members practising in a wide range of disciplines including digital media, drawing, film, illustration, installation, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Details available on application to wendycouling@btinternet.com
Expressions of interest deadline 30 June 2013

Bodnant Gardens – Too Small

Below is the literature about Bodnant Studios. Currently they are full but my impression was that they are very clean, small with no sinks.

 Corris Craft Centre – Too Far Away

To be honest, Corris is a long distance away from my home but something to be aware of in relation to studios available to rent.

Craft shop and studio rentals for your handmade arts and crafts

The Corris Craft Centre is now fully occupied with 9 studios featuring exciting designs and crafts. However, we’re always happy to hear from anyone with a great idea and a flair for design.

Opportunities sometimes arise and we’ll happily keep your details to hand and contact you if and when this happens.  Please contact Sarah Evans of Sarah Evans Property Services on 07989 175441 or send her an email sarahevans.ps@btinternet.com if you’re at all interested.

https://www.corriscraftcentre.co.uk/Arts-Crafts-Shop-Studio-Rental-Mid-Wales/

James Street Studios Llandudno

James Street Studio is based in the Victorian town of Llandudno, and offers a unique art experience in a warm, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

The upstairs space is used for artist’s workshops and life classes.

The downstairs has been made into an art gallery and is used as a teaching room for various workshops including printmaking, bookmaking, children’s art activities and dance classes.

James Street Studio has become a thriving centre for arts activities.

Upstairs Individual Artists’ Workshop Spaces

  • Full studio space
  • £150 per calendar month
  • Half studio space
  • £85 per calendar month

Rent for individual artists’ workshop space due on the 1st of each month. One months notice required to vacate studio.

http://www.jamesstreetstudio.co.uk/home.htm

Treborth Goods Yard

To help talented people collaborate, thrive and grow, and give them the space they need. Having a shared space makes it easy for people to share and encourage each other Digital media, film, music, dance, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, woodwork We welcome visitors to the Old Goods Yard near the Menai Bridge

“Working at the studios has allowed us the space and time together to talk and seek peer group support. We have created a ‘salon’ atmosphere to share our artistic experiences. Opening up for Helfa Gelf is part of this ongoing conversation between us and the public,” said Wanda Zyborska, 3D mixed-media sculpture, installation and showcase performance artist.

http://theoldgoodsyard.org.uk/

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