Studio Voltaire is one of the UK’s leading not–for–profit arts organisations. Our pioneering public programmes of exhibitions, participation projects, live events and off–site commissions have gained an international reputation.
Studio Voltaire has an outstanding track record of supporting artists at a pivotal stage in their careers. We champion emerging and under represented artists, placing great emphasis on risk–taking and experimentation, allowing us to offer an alternative and agenda–setting view of contemporary art. Many of our commissions are an artist’s first solo exhibition in London. We invest wholly in the production of new work that might not always be possible in commercial galleries or larger institutions, giving artists the chance to expand their practice, often working in residence in the gallery.
Exhibiting artists have included: Phyllida Barlow, Judith Bernstein, Monster Chetwynd, Anne Collier, Nicole Eisenman, Sharon Hayes, Jamian Juliano–Villani, Sanya Kantarovsky, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Cookie Mueller & Vittorio Scarpati, Henrik Olesen, The Neo Naturists, Elizabeth Price, Charlotte Prodger, Richard Slee, Jo Spence, Cathy Wilkes.
We provide a much–needed resource of affordable and accessible on–site studios which house over forty–five artists, supporting the development of a diverse range of individual and collective practices, from recent graduates to internationally recognised practitioners.
Studio Voltaire commissions a wide range of participatory activities and projects working in collaboration with artists, local organisations, schools and community groups. This programme aims to develop a closer relationship between the artist, the production of work and an active, contributing audience. Projects take place in the gallery as well as offsite.
Studio Voltaire is a registered charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Our exhibition, participation and events programmes are fundraised for in their entirety through the kind patronage of individuals, sales of our renowned limited edition works and funding from charitable trusts and foundations. Please visit this page to find out about ways you can support Studio Voltaire.
“One of the most dynamic spaces in London.”
“Studio Voltaire has become one of the most energising spaces in London. Its ad–hoc approach and knack for spotting young talent makes it a formidable presence on the city’s art scene.”
“Working with Studio Voltaire remains one of the deepest joys of my artistic career. It is a unique organisation in that its artistic voice is multi–layered, multi–vocal and ecstatic. The passion, commitment, hard work and trust of the team allowed me to take risks, to push myself and my project and to engage audiences that I have not had the ability to reach before.”
Artist Sharon Hayes
Phyllida Barlow, Bluff, 2010. Installation View, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of the artist. Credit Andy Keate.