In partnership with Creative Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Wasps was able to redevelop the former Stromness Library, which had lain dormant since the library moved to new premises in 2011.

Stromness Studios officially opened in October 2016.



5 artist spaces
disabled access

being a wasps tenant

With over 40 years worth of expertise, we are the UK’s largest provider of affordable studio space for artists and creative industries.

Tenants of the Wasps community receive the following benefits:

  • Affordable studio prices with no hidden costs – utilities and Wifi are all inclusive in artist studios (rates apply for creative offices)
  • Building security – all our buildings are either owned or on long term rentals
  • 24/7 secure access all year round
  • Part of our community of almost 1,000 artists and creatives in our 20 buildings across Scotland
  • Exhibiting and selling opportunities through our Arts & Enterprise programme including:
    • Exhibitions – over 50% of artists exhibited in our gallery programmes are tenants
    • Makers Markets
    • South Block shop
    • Open Studios
    • Art Fairs
  • Ability to join our Own Art scheme
  • Support and expertise from Wasps’ staff team
  • Promotion on our website with an artist profile

accessibility & getting here


There is a ramp at the entrance of the building leading to the ground floor. Unfortunately, there is no lift access to the first floor.


1 Hellihole Road
KW16 3DE

getting here

From Stromness Harbour, turn left and walk along Dundas Street past Pier Arts Centre. Stromness Studios is at the bottom of Hellihole Road. There are buses every 40 minutes from Kirkwall to Stromness Harbour.

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