Southwark Studios is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society (BenCom) with core principles of advancement of the arts for the public and providing assistance to the creative sector.
Founded in 2009 Southwark Studios took a short term lease on an industrial building near Tower Bridge Road. We converted this space into 43 studios that were let on affordable terms to over 250 local creative people and small businesses until we were asked to close due to the redevelopment of our building in 2016.
Our studios provided private workspaces with power, heating and internet access. Designed to be flexible and meet the needs of small creative businesses and individuals we also had a range of free to use communal areas such as our kitchens, cinema and library. Our Gallery also provided members and local creative groups exhibition/events space free of charge.
75% of our members were are self employed
80% used the studios as a place of business
Many of our small businesses employed multiple people within each studios
Southwark Studios design and management proved popular. We were at capacity for many years, kept a long waiting list and had many success stories. We were home to several of the UK’s most successful Kickstarter’s, the UK’s most popular Etsy store and helped launch the careers of creative professionals such as the internationally renowned fashion designer William Tempest.
We also hosted many art exhibitions and educational events, welcoming locals to our Open Studios, drawing classes and we still maintain our strong ties with local charities, festivals and creative businesses.
Southwark Studios partnered with The Art Academy to provide discounted studio space for their recent graduates in exchange for reduced course fees for our members
It is vital that the provision of affordable creative workspace is maintained given the chronic shortage of such space within London. For more information on this please visit our strategy and our future.
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