This page contains information relating primarily to artist studio spaces available to rent in London. We have tried our best to lay out the information available in a convenient and efficient manner, but we always welcome feedback and additions to our resources. Please contact [email protected] with any contributions.


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Finding a studio space as a disabled artist can be challenging. We have tried to collate information on this page that might make that process easier for disabled artists seeking workspace in London. However, we can only guarantee that information on this page is accurate at the time it was updated, and not beyond. We endeavour to thoroughly check the validity of third party information we signpost, but occasionally providers elect not to disclose some requirements before enquiries are made by artists. 

It is also worth bearing in mind that the cost of studio rental is often required in addition to membership or registration fees that grant wider access to the provider as an organisation including artist support and development programmes and studio networks and events.

How to navigate this page

This page is divided into three sections. 

  1. Table displaying the areas of London served by various studio providers. Clicking on a studio provider name in this table will take you to the relevant information we have been able to gather about the service further down the page
  2. Further information about the studio providers, including any available accessibility notes. Click the pink heading title to visit the organisation's external website
  3. Links to external directories and resources relating to finding an artist studio space in London and beyond

Where are you looking for a studio?

Studio Central London North London South London East London West London
ACAVA
Acme
APT Studios    
 
Artist Hive Studios        
Bow Arts        
Cockpit Arts  
 
Gaunson Creative Studios  
     
Kindred Studios        
Oxo Wharf Tower
 
   
Second Floor Studios  


 
Somerset House Studios
     
SPACE Studios


 
Wimbledon Art Studios    
   

More information about studio providers

ACAVA

ACAVA operate 20 studio buildings and support over 500 artists. Vacancies are advertised regularly through their mailing list. Organisational membership is taken into account when applying for studio space, but is not required. The first step in the application process is a studio viewing. ACAVA use allocation criteria to make decisions about studio space, including priority for underrepresented groups, such as disabled people, as well as socially engaged practice. Deposit payable includes two months full rent plus fifty pounds for a key. If offered a studio, membership is required. The membership fee is a one-off payment of £100 followed by regular £8 monthly payments. Utility payments are made separately at the end of each month. 

Access information about studios in each of ACAVA's 20 buildings must be obtained through the organisation depending on which spaces have availability.

Acme

Acme provides studio space for over 800 individual artists across 500 studio units housed in 16 sites through Greater London. Studio rental is managed via a waiting list. Acme offer some work/live studio space options as well as space for arts organisations. For each of the 16 studio buildings, Acme have vital accessibility information available on their website.

APT Studios

APT Studios run 42 studio units out of their building in Creekside, Deptford, including some large ground-floor, outdoor access spaces suitable for heavy working practices. APT Studio spaces operate on seven-yearly renewable leases, meaning they do not become available very often. Existing ATP Members are given priority access to newly available units. Publicly available studio spaces are announced through the APT mailing list

Access information about the available studio spaces must be obtained via APT Studios.

Artist Hive Studios

Artist Hive Studios (AHS) is based in Tottenham that offers a variety of membership 'packages' designed to suit a variety of needs, including Day Memberships, Monthly Memberships, Desk Space, and Studio Packages. Each package covers relevant rent which also provides access to AHS' creative community. Payment of utility expenses is separate.

AHS offer studio space on the ground floor and have accessible toilet facilities on-site.

Bow Arts

Bow Arts is based in East London and offer studio and work-live studio spaces across 12 sites. Applications must be made to join the Bow Arts mailing list through which availability is advertised. This application is free and can be done online. There is an admin fee payable upon signing the rental agreement. Priority is given to artists registered with Bow Arts the longest or who are moving between different Bow Arts studio units. Bow Arts do not discriminate based on art form and also invite organisations or commercial outfits to join their studio community, subject to specific contractual adjustments.

Several of Bow Arts' studio sites are on the ground floor, but for specific accessibility-related questions, we recommend you liaise with the Bow Arts team who can assess how best to meet your needs based on available units and resources.

Cockpit Arts

Cockpit Arts operate two studio sites in Holborn and Deptford. Cockpit Arts studio spaces are intended for artist-makers looking to grow their business. Studio space is offered in addition to business support, community membership, and public showcases. A commitment to business-growth and the presence of elements of craft in your practice are both required. Cockpit Arts offer a limited number of Awards and Bursaries for studio holders. Electricity payments are charged separately.

For further information relating to accessibility, please contact Cockpit Arts directly.

Gaunson Creative Studios

Gaunson Creative Studios are based in Tottenham and offer studio space for 95 artists, all of which are on the first floor of the building.

For all other information relating to accessibility, please contact Gaunson Creative Studios directly.

Kindred Studios

Kindred Studios are based in Shepherd's Bush, with an additional site opening in Hammersmith in 2022. There are 175 studio units on site. Kindred Studios offer fairly priced rent in exchange for artist membership of their thriving creative community. They are a wheelchair accessible site and have accessible toilet facilities. In addition, members have access to the on-site cafe and yoga classes and are welcome to bring friendly pets.

Oxo Tower Wharf

Oxo Tower Wharf operate studio spaces on London's South Bank on the first and second floors of their building, accessible via passenger and goods lifts. Studio units are intended for designers and crafters with some commercial elements to their practice.

For all other information relating to accessibility, please contact Oxo Tower Wharf directly.

Second Floor Studios

Second Floor Studios (SFS) operate creative sites in Deptford, Sevenoaks, and Wembley Park. For further information including site-specific accessibility and membership criteria, please contact SFS directly.

Somerset House Studios

Based in central London, Somerset House Studios offer space for up to 100 artists at any given time. Residencies last for indefinite, varied lengths and operate via invitation only. Artists can however register their interest in studio space online via an Expression of Interest form as and when availability arises. The price of studio rental includes access to Somerset House's internal facilities and communities as well as discounts in their commercial premises. Many units are accessible by lifts. All visitors and tenants must be over 18 years of age. Pets are not permitted.

For all other information relating to accessibility of individual units, please contact Somerset House directly.

SPACE Studios

SPACE are London's largest studio provider, operating 18 sites across the city. Available studio units are advertised through the SPACE website only. In order to apply for studio space, artists must first register with SPACE. Registration is subject to a £15 administration fee. Priority is given to artists registered with the organisation the longest or whose needs are most appropriately met by the specific unit. SPACE is primarily dedicated to supporting visual artists and do not accept any practices that are purely commercial (i.e. a t-shirt printing company). Utility expenses are charged separately.

One third of SPACE's sites are wheelchair accessible and have accessible toilet facilities. Priority for units on these sites is given to disabled artists.

Wimbledon Art Studios

Based in Wimbledon, South London, Wimbledon Art Studios (WAS) offer a range of studio spaces fit for a variety of creative needs including on-site framing and packaging, disabled access, and pet friendly facilities. The units are reserved for makers and designers who specialise in one or more of WAS' specified disciplines. In addition to rent, an annual membership fee of £50 is payable by all tenants. Electricity expenses are charged separately.

For all other information relating to accessibility of individual units, please contact WAS directly.

Directories and further resources

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