- Providing entrepreneurial solutions in response tothe predicted loss of up to 3,500 creatives’ workspaces in London in the coming 5 years
- Partnering with like-minded organisations and businesses: Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Second Home, Create London, PLP Architecture and Bolton & Quinn, in support of the Mayor of London‘s mission to protect affordable space for artists
- Drawing resources from the property industry, from local authorities to landowners and private developers
- Raising a multimillion pound fund through which to facilitate the acquisition of assets
- Creating a ‘Creative Land Trust’ through which assets will be protected in perpetuity for use by artists and other creatives
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.
Launched in March 2016 at an event hosted at Antony Gormley’s studio in central London, Studiomakers aims to provide entrepreneurial solutions in response to serious funding needs. It looks to partner with organisations in the property industry – from local authorities to landowners and private developers – to retain existing and create new affordable artist workspaces in London and the UK. It works with studio providers specialised in the field to oversee tenancy and operation of these workspaces. The extent of this will now look for spaces of production, helping not only artists, but also crafts people and other creatives, to ensure that the ecosystem of the creative industry is kept secure in the long term.
A key focus to the solution combines two elements: raising a multimillion pound fund, through which to facilitate the acquisition of assets, as well as the creation of an ‘Creative Land Trust’ through which assets will be protected in perpetuity for use by artists and other creatives.
Individual projects within the initiative have been made possible by current and past partners including Tiffany & Co, Collage Arts, Gaia Art Foundation, Mishcon de Reya, Second Home, Create London, PLP Architecture and Bolton & Quinn.
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