Wasps has leased Patriothall Studios since 1984. The lease was due to expire in 2005 without the option of a renewal, threatening the loss of the building which provided studio space for over 50 artists. At this time Edinburgh’s property market was characterised by high rents, high property prices and fierce competition for available buildings. This meant that we struggled for many years to find a replacement for Patriothall.
A breakthrough came in 2003 when the building owners agreed to sell the building to Wasps at market value. We then set out to raise £1.3million to buy and refurbish the building within in a very short timescale. In response the tenants led an amazing campaign to ‘Save the Studios’, lobbying local politicians and gaining support from the local community. This led to Edinburgh City Council granting us £500,000 which helped us to secure additional partnership funding from the Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian and loan finance.
Patriothall was purchased and refurbished in 2004 securing the future of these fantastic studios. Patriothall houses a gallery space which is run by a voluntary group of artists who are based within the building. For more information about exhibitions and events coming up at Patriothall Gallery please check the gallery's website.
Apply for an artist studio
Our artist studios are intended to support visual and applied artists and makers. We operate a registered waiting list and ask anyone looking to rent a studio with Wasps to apply to our waiting list. For all information on how to apply to the register, as well as details on our lettings process and studio eligibility please visit this section of our website. On occasion, we have studios and offices advertised outwith our registered waiting list. You can find these here: Available Studios & Offices.
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
Patriothall studios are a 15 - 20 minute walk from Princes Street. Once you are on Hamilton Place, walk through the vennel next to the Scotmid Co-op (opposite Stockbridge library) to locate the building entrance.