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Studiomakers is a non-incorporated alliance of organisations that understand the importance of affordable creative workspace for the diversity and cultural life of cities. Studiomakers partners engage – ideally at the planning stages – with developers and boroughs across London to explore ways to integrate or retain affordable creative workspaces in new and existing mixed use developments. With the aim to create destinations of real cultural value, we advocate for the provision of creative workspaces that will enable an organic and active growth of productivity, thus achieving places of genuine community engagement. Studiomakers looks to realise more productive use of affordable commercial space in London, rather than the often sterile primacy of retail and consumption.

Key Goals

      1. Responding to the predicted loss of up to 3,500 creative workspaces in London by 2020
      2. Ensuring creative workspace is protected at genuinely affordable rates for the long term

 

How We Work

      1. Raising a multimillion pound fund to enable the acquisition of assets to be held in a trust in perpetuity for use by creatives. This will be achieved by philanthropic and public donations that will be leveraged by social investment
      2. Drawing resources from and brokering relationships with the property industry, from local authorities to landowners and private developers
      3. Working with operators across London to ensure expert-led provision of affordable workspace for creatives to the benefit of local communities

Studiomakers is an intiative led by Outset Contemporary Art Fund in association with its founding partners Second HomeCreate LondonPLP Architecture and Bolton & Quinn, partnering with the Mayor of London, to support his mission to protect affordable space for artists.

Our Journey So Far

In 2014 the Mayor of London commissioned the Artists’ Workspace Study, which predicted the possible loss of up to 3,500 artists’ workspaces in the coming 5 years, with evidence that many artists are opting to move abroad to cities like Berlin, Dublin and Brussels. It is expected that losing these studios and the resulting depletion of dynamic, young talent in London will lead to a sterile and lacklustre city. Inevitably this will have knock-on effects for the creative industries, tourism, the quality of life in London, and reduce the pull factors of the UK business environment. Studiomakers was lunched in March 2016 at an event hosted at Antony Gormley’s studio in central London.

Live Sites

In partnership with property developers General Projects and studio operators Arebyte, the first Studiomakers site opened in Clerkenwell, London in September 2016, with 35 studios, 15 desk spaces, 3 offices for creative organisations and 2 galleries. The project will see use of a meanwhile space for one year before the redevelopment of the property, and new affordable workspace included within the new design.

At the site of an office block on Baker Street in June 2016, one office floor was turned into a temporary gallery space, housing The Empire Remains Shop. Creative work hub and gallery The Koppel Project have occupied the ground and lower ground floor, before redevelopment by Gertler Properties where two new affordable studios will be included in the new complex.

In April 2016, the cafe space in a new residential development by Realstar Group in New Cross was allocated long-term space to a curated programme of new art projects by students from Goldsmiths College across the road.

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