Space for Artists
What facilities do we have?
We provide a total of 100,000 square feet of lettable studio space. The studios range in size from 100 - 1,000 sq.ft., however most are between the 200 to 250 sq.ft. (14ft x 14ft to 16ft x 16ft).
All studios have 24 hour entry, power points and have access to a common water supply. Special requirements such as 3-phase power, additional electrical sockets or an individual water supply can often be installed at the tenant’s expense.
How much do the studios cost?
Studio rates vary depending on the location, the quality of studio available and the size of space you need. Our studios cost from £4.50 – £8.50 per square foot per annum. This translates to an average monthly rent of £120 - £150 for a 200 sq.ft. studio (i.e. (£6 x 200)/12=£100).
This monthly payment includes electricity, rates, building maintenance, public & buildings liability insurance, management costs and water charges. Please note it does not include contents insurance.
What are the lease terms?
We offer a month to month lease to allow maximum flexibility for artists. We also provide a handy summary of your lease in plain English so you can make sense of it. As a condition of the lease we also require:
- A deposit of one month’s rent
- Monthly rent paid by direct debit
- An up-to-date C.V. each year that you remain on the registration list to show you continue to have an active artistic practice
How do I apply?
To apply for a studio, please fill in the application in the ‘download’ section. You can either return the form to us by post or you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with six images of recent work, an up to date C.V. and a statement about why you need a studio. If your application is approved, your details will be added to our studio register.
How are the studios allocated?
Available studios are advertised by email to registered artists. The advert will provide information about the studio space such as cost, size, windows etc, information about the building and how to arrange a viewing. When we receive a lot of interest for one studio, the first few names at the top of the waiting list are invited forward to view the space and considered for allocation.
Studio allocation is decided by Wasps staff and we will consider the length of time an applicant has been registered for and also:
- The artist’s studio requirements in relation to the available studio such as size, budget, natural light, access to water supply etc.
- The artist’s practice and its relationship to the studio and the practices of others in the building to create a vibrant mix of practices and also consider the effect of noisy or dusty practices and how to support these
- The professional develop that will come as a result of having a studio space with Wasps.
Wasps understand that artistic practices evolve and change over time. Should a current Wasps tenant feel, for reasons of their own, that their studio is no longer suitable for their practice, please inform Wasps and we will place you back onto our register to receive adverts for vacant studio spaces.
Wasps’ policy regarding studio shares and fixed terms tenancy breaks still apply which feature as part of your lease. To become a lease holder with Wasps, you must formally apply to the register.
Can I share my studio?
Yes, we’re happy for you to share your studio as long as it is with another professional visual artist or maker. We can also collect rent by direct debit directly from your studio share. However, if you give up your studio the lease will not automatically transfer to your studio share.
We also allow you to sub-let your studio for up to one year. In this case, you would need to move everything out of your studio and we would let your space to an artist from the register for the fixed period.
Am I eligible for a studio?
The studios are substantially cheaper than commercial rates and are targeted at professional fine and applied artists. If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply, please download our Studio Eligibility document for more info. You can also contact Wasps’ office to talk this through.
Are the studios accessible?
Please see information about each studio building for disabled access.