A key finding of our consultation with artists, curators, producers and collectives is the need for safe, secure and long-term studios that are not going to be turned in to flats.
At Trinity Road there are 30+ spaces that can be affordable studios from Day One, both spaces for individual artists, collectives and small orgs. There could be more than this that depending on how we balance out the other uses on the site.
We also heard the need so access to a portfolio of different spaces they can dip in and out of throughout a project life cycle. The same person could have a permanent studio, book a weekly meeting room slot for their mentor or client meetings, test work-in-progress in a low-key public project space, use the project studio to prepare a project before it gets shipped to another city, work collaboratively with community partners to propose and produce a project for our main programme and exhibition space.
We are exploring a partnership with excellent young persons agency Rising Arts Agency to provide them HQ space and studio spaces for young artists (https://rising.org.uk/).
We have also allocated space for creative industries workspaces such as hot desking and office rental which will bring in a higher rate per square foot to subsidise our other work/use.
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We want to hear what you think of these ideas to ensure we create something that is of use to the communities we look to serve.
The plans outlined here are just the first iteration based on conversations with local and artistic communities - but now we are widening this out and want to get as much feedback on the ideas as possible.
As part of our next stage of development we will be reaching out to consult further with local and artistic communities to discover the needs, collect data on current situation and start to co-design solutions.
Let us know what you think about the artist studios here, or see the Feedback page to give broader feedback and ideas on the plan.