Studio Voltaire provides a range of secure and affordable studios, allowing us to develop and nurture an essential artistic community in South London.
Through our capital development project, Studio Voltaire’s existing building has been completely renovated providing a range of high quality, light–filled studios. The scheme has afforded a 42% increase in workspace through the building of a new mezzanine level.
New facilities and programmes have allowed us to significantly increase the amount of support we can offer artists; foreground our studios as a site for artistic production, research and experimentation; and better integrating our studios with the rest of the organisation.
Our Curator (Studios and Residencies) develops dedicated rolling studio programmes in conversation with our artists and tenants, including networking opportunities, talks, workshops, studio tours and our annual open studios.
Current Studio Artists
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Workspace at Studio Voltaire
- We provide a range of high–quality, light–filled workspaces with 24hour access. All spaces have heating and WIFI, and the majority have direct natural light and are self enclosed. Workspace is provided on an ongoing basis and at an affordable rate of £21 per sqft per year and an additional administrative fee is charged at £10 per month.
- The Communal Studio is for artists who do not need a traditional studio and allows provision for other cultural workers such as curators, writers, educators, etc. This large open plan space includes a large shared desk as well as individual partitioned workspaces around the perimeter of the room designed for 10 people.
- The studios will include a dedicated shared social and event space equipped with a kitchen, audio visual equipment and flexible seating.
- The site also includes a new bookable workshop which will enhance production facilities onsite and a bookable project studio.
- All studios are fully accessible. Studios located on the mezzanine level are accessible by a lift and stairs. Accessible, all gender bathroom facilities are available on both floors.
- Studio Voltaire is located in Clapham (Zone 2) and has excellent transport links (Northern Line, London Overground) and local facilities. There are no car parking facilities available.
- View floor plans here.
How to Apply
We aim to establish a group of artists working within contemporary art practice, who collectively constitute a wide range of interests, experiences and modes of working, representing a diversity of practices and perspectives. We are looking for practitioners who will benefit from having a sustained affordable workspace, and are interested in actively contributing to the onsite artistic community, as well as Studio Voltaire and our wider community.
We strongly welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the arts, including those of Black, Asian and minority ethnic heritage, those who have faced socio-economic barriers, those with disabilities, chronic illness or long-term health conditions and those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex.
All our studios are currently occupied, but we are accepting applications for studio holders on a rolling basis. All applications go through a competitive selection process that is overseen by our curatorial team. If your application is accepted, you will receive notice that you have been added to our reserve list. If you do not hear from us within four weeks, unfortunately your application has not been successful.
- Frequently asked questions
Q: How do you define someone working within contemporary art?
A: Contemporary art can encompass a wide range of mediums and contexts including painting, sculpture, installation, writing, moving image, film, performance, participation, collaborative, social practices, and sound, and may be cross/multi– disciplinary. Applications for studios will not be considered from those primarily working within the fields of music, dance, architecture, theatre, craft or design.
Q: Are the studios only available for artists?
A: Studio provision is mainly aimed for artists. If you are an individual cultural worker within contemporary art (for example a curator, writer, educator etc), you can apply for a space within the Communal Studio. If you are an arts organisation or group, you can also apply to be a cultural tenant at Studio Voltaire.
Q: I didn’t go to art school, can I still apply for a studio?
A: You do not need to have any formal education or qualifications to apply. We are interested in artists who have an active practice, and who will benefit from dedicated affordable studio space.
Q: Can students apply for a studio?
A: Our hope is that artists are able to use their studio as much as possible, so you should no longer be in full time education.
Q: I’m part of a collective / collaborative duo. Can we apply together?
A: We accept applications from duo/collectives. However, one nominated individual will need to sign the license agreement and set up the standing order for payments.
Q: How are the studios costed?
A: The costs of workspace remains “affordable” benchmarked across London providers and in line with Arts Council England guidance. The rental income we receive contributes to the running costs of the studios. Individual studios are calculated by their size at a rate of £21.00 per square foot per year (inclusive of VAT), an additional administrative fee is charged at £10 per month. All studio holders will need to pay one month’s deposit as well as a deposit of £15 for their electronic access key which is fully refundable when returned.
Q: What is the selection process for studios and how are they assessed?
A: Applications are assessed by our curatorial team. If your application is successful you will be notified and contacted when a suitable studio becomes available. We are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful applications. The curatorial team wants to see compelling and exciting applications, and work which shows individuality, original thinking and relevance to contemporary culture and life. We are seeking applications from practitioners who would benefit from having sustained affordable workspace and who would be proactively engaged with the organisation as a whole.
Q: What are your expectations with artists expected to be pro-actively involved in Studio Voltaire.
A: We understand that some artists have limited time or prefer to work more privately. We aim to have a dynamic and supportive artistic community, so we strongly encourage interaction with your peers. Studio artists are not obliged to take part in public programming such as open studios, however we hope that our residents may benefit and contribute to the wider organisation and our local communities.
Q: I might need some additional help with making my application, is this okay?
A: Some people may require further support to make their application. We are happy to accept applications written on your behalf. We will also consider applications presented in alternative formats such as video, sound or non digital formats. Please contact us to discuss this further before making your application at email@example.com
Q: Can I get advice or feedback about my application before I submit?
A: With the exception of enquiries relating to access requirements, we are unable to provide any further individual guidance or feedback relating to your application.
Q: Can I share a studio with another artist?
A: We welcome applications for collectives/duos working together. One nominated individual will need to sign the license agreement and set up the standing order for payments. We do not accept applications from individual artists who are wanting to share a space.
Q: How long is the tenancy?
A: We want to provide artists with secure and affordable workspace, so tenancies are offered on an ongoing basis. Studio usage will be monitored and reviewed every 3 years inline with our artistic and studio policies..
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Artists’ studios, photo FRENCH+TYE