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Waiting Times

Studios are offered to artists as they become available, either through 'turnover' (when an artist leaves a space) in our existing buildings or through the development of new studio buildings. Turnover of studios can include short-term opportunities, as a result of artist tenants wishing to sub-let for up to 12 months at a time and, from time to time, artists may also decide to share their studios.

Over the last few years we have been successful in establishing a number of new permanent studio buildings so the total number of studios available for turnover has increased significantly – we now manage 567 studio units across 15 sites in London. In the year to March 2015 we accommodated 170 ‘new’ artists (141 through turnover). In the previous year we helped 152 ‘new’ artists (82 through turnover).

We are taking forward plans for two new studio buildings but do not expect these projects to be completed until 2017 so the number of units which could become available through turnover over the next two years will remain unchanged.

We hope the above is useful in providing an indication of the number of artists registered on our list who we have been able to accommodate in the last few years, but it is not possible to predict when an artist on our list will be allocated a studio based on the preferences they have indicated. When you register you will be able to indicate which buildings you would like to be considered for and whether you would be happy to share, take a partitioned studio or a temporary studio i.e. a sub-let for up to 12 months.

The more flexible you are obviously enhances how quickly a space may become available to you. Only choosing Acme’s most popular buildings such as Copperfield Road, Orsman Road and Robinson Road will likely mean a very long wait and we recommend choosing as many building preferences as possible on joining the waiting list.

 

Artist Sue Cooper at work in her studio at High House Artists' Studios. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2014)

Artist Sue Cooper at work in her studio at High House Artists' Studios. Photo: Hugo Glendinning (2014)

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Between 1996 and 2012 Acme received £3.2m of capital funding from Arts Council England which supported the creation of six permanent affordable studios in London: Copperfield Road, Fire Station, Galleria, Harrow Road, Leven Road and Matchmakers Wharf. This resulted in 186 studios and 12 work/live units in four London boroughs.