Our approach has been developed out of a response to a growing body of research highlighting the ever-continuing demand for, and decline in availability of, artist studios. Recent data shows:
New initiatives and studio closures
Since 2014: 52 new workspace sites opened providing around 1,200 new spaces; 39 artist workspaces closed, losing at least 1,300 spaces. The number of artist workspaces ‘at risk’ of closing in the next five years has fallen from 28% to 17% over a three-year period.
Demand for space
The demand for space is high with 95% of spaces occupied and nearly 14,000 places on waiting lists with 27 site providers. There is no decline in the demand from artists for space.
Studios are becoming more expensive. In 2014 56% of sites were charging an average of over £11 per square foot, in 2017 this has increased to 79%.
Range of tenures
Artists’ workspace providers operate under a range of tenures: 87% (of providers surveyed in 2017) are on rented or leasehold terms. Sites are vulnerable to change of use or redevelopment should the landowner want to move the provider on. Many providers would like to obtain freehold sites, yet only 13% (of providers surveyed in 2017) have a secure freehold.