The Studio Voltaire Capital Project

Studio Voltaire has launched a transformative £2.4 million capital project, to create more artists’ studios, renovated exhibition space and new public spaces, including a dedicated learning space, public garden, café and the first–ever permanent House of Voltaire.

This timely and transformative redevelopment will be the most ambitious transition in our 25–year history, more than doubling our public spaces and considerably expanding and transforming our support of artists, as well our cultural offering to our local and international audiences.

Studio Voltaire will provide 42% more affordable studio space for artists through the building of a new mezzanine level, directly addressing London’s shortage of affordable artist’s workspace. Our existing studio building will be completely renovated to provide a range of high–quality studios to over 75 artists, along with two live/work spaces to house visiting artists and curators.

Studio Voltaire will launch a new Studio Award, awarding seven artists free studios for two years, as well as a programme of professional development and mentoring.

Studio Voltaire is widely recognised for its support of artists at a pivotal stage in their careers through our ambitious and experimental programme of exhibitions and commissions. Exhibiting artists have included Phyllida Barlow, Charlotte Prodger, Monster Chetwynd, Cathy Wilkes, Nairy Baghramian, Sharon Hayes, Nicole Eisenman, Anne Collier, Sanya Kantarovsky and Elizabeth Price.

This development will further enhance our institutions’ ability to present ambitious and experimental new work by international artists for the very first time in the UK, as well as providing an important platform for emerging and underrepresented practices. Studio Voltaire’s distinctive gallery, a Victorian former chapel, will be fully renovated to provide an inspiring and distinctive space for the year–round programming of free exhibitions, commissions and performance.

A new dedicated 100m2 learning and events space and garden will allow Studio Voltaire to expand our innovative participatory and education programmes in the local area, significantly enriching the depth of engagement amongst new and existing audiences. This new space will also support an extended public programme of artist’s talks, panel discussions, screenings and performances.

We will safeguard and broaden the provision of workspace for artists with disabilities through our partnership with leading disability arts organisation ActionSpace, who will expand their current onsite activities by creating a new public–facing space and increasing their studio provision by 300%.

Our celebrated art and design shop House of Voltaire, which sells artworks, editions and products by leading contemporary artists and designers, will have a permanent home for the first time.

Studio Voltaire has appointed architects Matheson Whiteley. The London–based firm was selected following a closed competition realised in partnership with The Architecture Foundation. Matheson Whiteley has a proven track record of working successfully with artists and galleries, with past projects including Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany as well as artists’ studios for Ryan Gander, David Noonan and Goshka Macuga. This will be Matheson Whiteley’s first public project in the UK.

Our Clapham site will close to the public for a period of twelve months from Autumn 2019, during which time a year–long programme of off–site commissions will be presented ahead of Studio Voltaire opening again to the public in Autumn 2020.

How you can support Studio Voltaire

Over £1.5 million of funding has already been secured through The Mayor of London’s Strategic Investment Fund, Arts Council England and many generous private donors. We must secure the remaining £1 million of the project from individual donations, trusts, foundations, sponsorship and other fundraising activities.

This major transformation is a hugely important opportunity for Studio Voltaire. Studio Voltaire is a charity and relies on the extraordinary commitment of our supporters to complete this vital project. All levels of generosity are greatly appreciated, please give what you can.

If you would like to become a Building Patron and a key supporter of Studio Voltaire’s future, please contact Niamh Conneely or 020 7622 1294. We would be delighted to discuss how you can help us.

You can also donate online or contact us using the form below.

“From my own experience, as an artist who has had the great benefit of exhibiting at Studio Voltaire, I can vouch for the exceptional support and visionary commitment of the organisation. Without doubt, Studio Voltaire is an exceptional organisation that provides a much–needed and distinctive position within UK culture. I wholeheartedly and unreservedly support Studio Voltaire in its ambitions to develop its building and its unparalleled programmes which will greatly enhance its already acclaimed position as an art establishment of great benefit to all who encounter it.”

– Phyllida Barlow CBE RA

“The Studio Voltaire Building Project offers an unprecedented opportunity for Studio Voltaire to transform the ways in which we engage with our local and international audiences. The new design will unlock the full potential of our site, completely transforming how you experience the building, which will become a more welcoming, porous and engaging public space. It is an incredibly exciting time for Studio Voltaire.”

– Joe Scotland, Director, Studio Voltaire