Cultural Tenants

Studio Voltaire would like to hear from cultural groups or organisations who would benefit from being hosted by the organisation when Studio Voltaire reopens following a transformative £2.8 million capital 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 affordable workspace through the building of a new mezzanine level. 

New facilities and programmes will allow us to significantly increase the amount of support we can offer artists and tenants; foreground our studios as a site for artistic production, research and experimentation; and better integrate our studios with the rest of the organisation. 

We are inviting applications from cultural groups and organisations who want to become part of the artistic community based within Studio Voltaire’s studios. We are seeking groups and organisations that are based broadly within contemporary art practice, although cross-disciplinary work will also be considered.

We welcome applications from those working within learning, curating, writing, commissioning, archives, production, grassroots activity, publishing, activism, etc. Applications should complement and expand Studio Voltaire’s support for artists and the widening of access to contemporary practice. Provision of space is intended to be for non-commercial/non-profit activity. Groups do not need to be formally constituted.

We strongly welcome applications from groups that are led by or support 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.

We warmly encourage groups and organisations that will be actively involved in the cultural life and community of Studio Voltaire, and open to engage with events within the wider studio programme, including open studios, workshops, talks and other activities. 

Activity is imagined to be principally desk-based within our onsite self-contained studio spaces. Small-scale production could be possible; however, the workspaces are not suitable for large-scale fabrication or any activity which creates loud noises, requires extraction fans or utilises heavy machinery.

Spaces are not available for public exhibitions, events, etc. Access to the studios will be by invitation and is the responsibility of the tenant. 

We hope to occupy the workspaces from June 2021.

Workspace at Studio Voltaire
  • We provide a range of high-quality, light-filled workspaces with 24-hour access. All spaces have heating and WIFI, and the majority have direct natural light and are self enclosed. 
  • Heating, lighting, WIFI and electricity will be included within the monthly rent of £30 per sqft (plus VAT).  Discretionary discounts might be possible if the group or organisation are small-scale/self-organised with limited financial resources or access to funding. Additional administration and service charges may apply.
  • Furniture and any additional requirements will be the responsibility of the tenant.
  • 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. 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.

The application consists of:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Supporting materials. You are welcome to send any materials that might support your application. This could be examples of your work, CVs of key individuals, portfolio, etc. (maximum 10MB per file and 10 pages for all supporting materials)
  3. Completed Equalities form. Fill out via the link in the online portal (optional).
  • Please make your application via the online portal only. Applications made in any other form will not be read or considered.
  • Applications may be submitted to the portal as a video or audio submission, rather than a written form. Please see the guidelines in the online portal for instructions on how to submit this material.
  • Applications will be assessed by Studio Voltaire’s Director, Managing Director and Curator (Studios and Residencies).
  • If you have specific access requirements and need support making your application, please be in touch at
  • Reference copies of the application can be downloaded as a PDF or Large Print copy, via the downloadable links in the online portal.
About Studio Voltaire

Studio Voltaire has developed an ambitious programme that supports a diversity of contemporary art practice and encourages access and participation from a wide range of audiences. 

The core strands to our artistic programme are: 

  • Studios and Residencies 
  • Exhibitions
  • Participation, Learning and Offsite

Studio Voltaire’s key aims are to:  

  1. Support artists, offering significant opportunities for emerging and under-represented practices. We recognise that artists require time, care, and resources to create ambitious work on their own terms.
  2. Commit to being more inclusive, creating opportunities for wider access and engagement. We strive for fairer representation across the organisation and its work.
  3. Seek to challenge hierarchies between exhibition making, commissioning and education. We work for parity between our programmes, establishing an experimental working model which allows programmes to dovetail and coalesce.
  4. Be a porous organisation and ensure audiences and partners have agency to meaningfully engage with our spaces and programmes, whether as visitors, collaborators or participants.
  5. Be a site of production and an essential artist community and resource in South London. We offer a unique environment for risk-taking, experimentation, knowledge exchange and critical thinking for artists and audiences.

Studio Voltaire plays a unique role in the UK arts ecology by supporting diverse artistic talent to take risks and realise ambition. We work with artists at a pivotal stage in their career particularly with emerging and under-represented practices. Our commissioning supports the realisation of art works that might not be possible within commercial and larger institutional frameworks, commissioning artists to produce ambitious projects on their own terms. We contribute to the cultural landscape on a national level by programming touring exhibitions and offsite projects both nationally and internationally, reaching an audience of 250,000 annually.

Our support for artists is longitudinal. We are unique in our work with artists as a not for profit organisation in that we sometimes retain an on-going relationship with artists, exhibiting and working with them on multiple occasions and across different strands of our programme. Our support includes commissioning, exhibiting, publishing, professional development and advice, project development, production support, studio visits, residencies and peer networking. 

Studio Voltaire has launched a transformative £2.8 million capital project, to create more artists’ studios, renovated exhibition space and new public spaces, including a dedicated learning and events 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.  As a result, we will be able to significantly increase the amount of support we can offer artists through new and expanded programming, and greater resources. 

Our range of commissioning and artistic development will continue to broaden, present and showcase a wider range of artistic voices. Our cultural offering to our local and international audiences will significantly transform with new programming and public spaces, as well as a more welcoming and porous building. Participatory, learning and offsite commissioning will support greater engagement from a diverse range of audiences including local residents, schools, community groups and health organisations. 

Image credit

Nnena Kalu, Studio Voltaire elsewhere, 2020, Commissioned by Studio Voltaire in partnership with ActionSpace, courtesy of the artist and Studio Voltaire, credit Francis Ware