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This is an atlas of workshops, facilities, art groups and spaces in the UK, organised by location and by type, to help you make connections in your area and further afield.

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North East[edit]

Artists[edit]

Name Website / contact Who you want to connect with, why What you want to share, why
Daniel Russell d.russell@thenewbridgeproject.com Anyone who wants to make leaps of the imagination and share DIY organising methods because I am interested in challenging the boring neoliberal slide into the abyss I want to share tools and methods for pushing creativity and connections for artists and non-artists because it's my interest and also my job.
Tom Lines tom.p.lines@gmail.com Anyone interested in weird spaces, monsters, the Neo-Gothic, in-between things and places, cursed imagery, ecology, bugs, using everyday things in wrong ways I work in digital art, music, sound, installation and painting. I'd like to connect with anyone with the same interests. I'd love to work with people to make sound to accompany visual work or film, or even to collaborate digitally on sound or music with people, or do a group show around Gothic or ecological themes. I also need help from someone who knows a bit about coding to help realise some interactive installation work.
Euan Lynn http://www.euanlynn.com People who are interested in sharing ideas around the built environment and radical politics - to build a network of creatives working around this topic, to collaborate, share knowledge and produce new work/shows/outputs Knowledge of mid-century architectural projects and their politics / electronic sound making techniques / North East local history - to help shine a light on an overlooked part of the country and overlooked radical potentialities within architecture and synthesisers.
Victoria Louise Doyle victorialouisedoyle.com - victorialouisedoyle@outlook.com I would like to connect with the spirits of photography, so hit me up for a seance if you too would like to delve into that world! I am keen on exploring learning and researching alternative ways of learning that are then developed into methods of teaching, if you are intrigued by this then I would like to connect with you. I'm not sure what I would like to share as of yet, but I shall keep you posted!
Will Stockwell wstockwell@live.co.uk www.instagram.com/vvillstockwell Cross-disciplinary collaboration between Art+Science, generating creative solutions to problems, and making art-work outside of galleries are key motives of Will’s practice. Will works across mediums: recently making video. He is inspired by the irreverence of artists such as John Baldessari (USA, 1931-2020) who famously vowed not to “make anymore boring art”. This ethos is reflected in Will’s work, which aims to unpack the process of making art in playful and humorous ways.
Sue Loughlin sueloughlin.com sueloughlin73@gmail.com Anyone who isn't sure what's going on or what to do about it, particularly if you are an artist with kids, so that we can seek some common ground and be less terrified and angry about the status quo Would like to share experinces, ideas, opportunites as well as cups of tea and shoulders to cry on (virtually or IRL when COVID allows) because everything is better with tea and a chat.
Jenny Mc Namara jennymcnamara.com and spaghettofactoro.weebly.com I'm happy to connect with other visual artists/sculptors, especially abstract artists or anyone interested in: colour and pattern, neuroaesthetics, installation art, minimalism and repetition, curation, perception and visual processing or the crossover between art and science I'd be happy to collaborate with like minded people, exhibit/curate/write together and I'm especially interested in speaking to scientists or other artists interested in science/visual processing/the value of abstraction/how art can be good for you
Lauren J Matthews laurenjmatthews.weebly.com Anyone interested in Northumbrian folklore, occultism, witchcraft, folk horror, manga/anime, sequential art I want to provide resources on comics/sequential art, trying to bridge the gap between this medium and illustration/fine art
Margaret Jennings @margaretkokoro, margaretkokoroarts@gmail.com socially-engaged, participative, critically-questioning eco-arts practice happy to offer workshops, silent walks, mindfulness spontaneous sketch classes based on re-sensitising to nature, gifted tree planting exchange ceremonies. Keen to link up with people who are interested in eco-arts.

* Newcastle[edit]

Art Groups[edit]
Name Base Website Description
Paper Jam Comics Collective Newcastle upon Tyne [1] Network of local comic artists which hosts regular meetings, workshops/events and publishes anthologies on a variety of themes.
Grainger Market Arts Residency Newcastle upon Tyne [2] Collective producing observational drawings of the historic Grainger market
Alternative Art Education Projects[edit]
Name Base Website Description
The Collective Studio The Newbridge Project thenewbridgeproject.com/events/the-collective-studio/ The Collective Studio is a 10 month artist development programme for early-career creative practitioners in any creative discipline (very broad definition of art). It is for recent graduates, people who haven't been to university, and those returning to or taking a new direction in their art-making. It supports the development of creative talent in the North East region through studio and hot-desk membership, and further afield through associate membership. It equips practitioners with both pragmatic and creative skills. It opens for applications once a year, usually in May/June.
Practice makes Practice (PMP) The Newbridge Project [3] thenewbridgeproject.com/join/practice-makes-practice/] Practice makes Practice (PMP) is an artist development programme run by artists for artists and the wider arts community. It focuses on developing artistic practice and equipping individuals with the skills to support them to build an artistic career. This is done through a regular programme of events, workshops, field trips, exchanges, mentoring and opportunities (including the annual PMP residency). It is programmed through suggestions from studio and associate members, ensuring what the programme is artist-led and develops in response to the needs and interests of members. There is a tiered membership offer which gives access to all events and opportunities, you can attend a one-off event as a non member, and 10 bursaries for free-membership are offered annually to practitioners from low-income households.
Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Address Website Description
The NewBridge Project 232-240 High Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AQ [4] The NewBridge Project is an active artist-led community that supports artists, curators and communities through the provision of space for creative practice, curatorial opportunities and an ambitious artist-led programme of exhibitions, commissions, artist development and events. The NewBridge Project was established in 2010 to provide exchange and support in an engaged community of artists, and our public spaces are places where artists and local communities can come together to work, learn and socialise with each other. They deliver a programme of exhibitions, performances, screenings, educational talks and workshops in consultation with artist members, creating a programme that is responsive to the environment within which it exists, that builds solidarity, and that places community-centred, experimental, collaborative and socially conscious programming at its heart.
Co-operatives & Collaborations[edit]
Name Base Website Description
Star and Shadow Newcastle upon Tyne [5] Star and Shadow Cinema is a volunteer-run DIY space for Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, and the north east UK. It is set up as an open-to-join co-operative housed in a building it owns, dedicated to culture coming from and/or programmed by the grass roots - particularly cinema and music.
For Solidarity Map Newcastle & Gateshead [6] For Solidarity is a growing peer-support network initiated by The Newbridge Project. It is made up of organisations, projects, initiatives and individuals across the North East. Collectively we aim to strengthen and grow existing networks of solidarity for a more democratic, socially just and ecologically sustainable world that supports all of our material and social needs. The network is made visible through the For Solidarity Map, a useful tool for mapping the solidarity economy and sharing stories , created in collaboration with the Solidarity Economy Association. 
More Than Meanwhile North East of England [7] More Than Meanwhile Spaces is an ongoing, collaborative project that explores long-term futures for artist-led initiatives and workspaces in the North East. Organised via a flexible working group which (to date) has involved researchers from The NewBridge Project, Newcastle University, the University of Northumbria, and Newcastle Council. The project included a series of workshops and events which brought together over 80 artists, artist-led spaces, creative workspace providors, local authorities, funders, local businesses and academics. Two reports have been published as part of the project which have documented discussions and potential future actions.

North West[edit]

Artists[edit]

Name Website / contact Who you want to connect with, why What you want to share, why
Jessica El Mal http://www.elmalart.com contact@elmalart.com Always up for collars with other artists, creatives, groups anyone!
Andrea Allan www.andreaallan.co.uk @andreaallan_ Researching Alternative Art Schools - speaking to artists on those programmes, who organise them etc. would be great.
Grace Collins https://gracecollins.cargo.site @onethousandprinces Anyone interested in connecting up smaller towns in the North West / working collaboratively / taking up space where people can't find enough of it. Can share some organising skills, semi-helpful art chats, time, networks and a good old fashioned pep talk!
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Networks[edit]

Name Website / contact Info
MIF Artist Assembly https://mif.co.uk/my-festival/ Artist meet up once a month to share ideas, usually have a speaker or activity and free food and drink!
Castlefield Gallery Associates https://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/associates/ Castlefield Gallery Associates is a membership scheme for artists, writers and independent curators working in contemporary art. It is aimed at artists, writers and curators consciously making and exhibiting work as part of an ongoing critical debate about the direction of contemporary art.
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* Blackburn[edit]

Organisations[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Idle Women Unity House, 49-51 Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 6AE https://idlewomen.org/ Idle Women is an arts and social justice project that creates vibrant and adventurous spaces with and for all women.


* Birkenhead[edit]

Galleries[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Convenience Gallery Bloom Building, 3 Abbey Close, Birkenhead, https://www.conveniencegallery.org Convenience Gallery is a contemporary arts space established in 2019, with support from Small Steps Events. We want to offer an inclusive space for new and local artists to exhibit work, run workshops and develop their creative practice.


* Bolton[edit]

Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Neo Studios: 1st and 2nd floors, Corporation Chambers, Corporation Street, BL1 2AN. Gallery: The Market Place, BL1 2AL http://www.neoartists.co.uk You can become an associate, a studio holder or studio user, there are also residency opportunities with neo studios and an open call for exhibition in the neo Artprize with multiple awards for a variety of disciplines. Neo studios has a 3D studio, print room and dark room.

* Liverpool[edit]

Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Address Website Description
The Royal Standard 5 MANN STREET, L8 5AF https://the-royal-standard.com The Royal Standard (TRS) is an artist-led gallery, studio complex and registered charity based in Liverpool. We are dedicated to fostering opportunities for the most outstanding recent graduates and emerging artists through providing affordable studio space, free public exhibitions, events and training. We support 45 artists as well as having a dedicated gallery based in Northern Lights, Cains Brewery Village L8
FACT 88 Wood St, Liverpool L1 4DQ http://www.fact.co.uk/ FACT Liverpool is the UK's leading organisation for the support and exhibition of art, film and new media. Home to two galleries, a cinema, café and bar.


Liverpool based orgs/events[edit]
Name Address Website Description
DaDa Fest Bluecoat School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX https://www.dadafest.co.uk/what-we-do/ DaDa - Disability and Deaf Arts. We inspire, develop and celebrate talent in disability and deaf arts. DaDaFest produce opportunities for disabled and d/Deaf people to perform and access the arts, including training and a festival programme.

* Liverpool City Region [edit]

Name Address Website Description
Heart of Glass 11 Haydock St, Saint Helens WA10 1DD https://www.heartofglass.org.uk/ We believe that art has the power to bring us together and create real change, for the people of our community, and the place we call home.

* Manchester[edit]

Galleries[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Stock 1030 Stockport Road, M19 3WX https://www.creativetourist.com/venue/stock-gallery/ An artist run project space in Manchester, with exhibition space for emerging and early career artists
Castlefield Gallery 2 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB https://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/ We deliver a critically acclaimed and diverse annual programme of exhibitions , projects, and events from our main gallery in central Manchester that gives early and mid-career artists the opportunity to produce new work and develop their practice – the only such organisation in Greater Manchester with the ability to facilitate this, on this scale. You can join the associates membership scheme (annual membership costs £60. Benefits of the scheme include: Opportunities to apply for the Castlefield Gallery Associates Members Exhibition, Access to temporary spaces via Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces scheme, which offers ‘Pop-up’ project/exhibition spaces for artists and creative practitioners, Artist talks, Peer-to-peer crit sessions, much more.
Paper Gallery PAPER Unit 12 Mirabel Studios 14-20 Mirabel Street Manchester M3 1PJ www.paper-gallery.co.uk/ PAPER is an artist-led, commercial gallery based in Manchester and represents a range of emerging and mid-career artists whose practice is based around the medium of paper. This ranges from drawing, painting, and printmaking to artist's books, video, and performance. The gallery opened in August 2012 and has a regular programme of exhibitions, presenting the work of gallery artists as well as providing a platform for outside curatorial projects. In 2013 PAPER instigated an Artist-in-Residence programme, Exploring PAPER, and in 2014 a mentoring scheme for artists based in the North-West of England, funded by Arts Council England.
Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Bankley Studios Bankley Street, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3PP http://www.bankley.org.uk The studio currently has over 30 Artists in residence working across a range of disciplines including painting, textiles, photography, installation, sculpture and ceramics. In addition to the studio spaces there is also an artist run gallery space. You can become a studio holder, the gallery also hosts open call exhibitions including the Bankley Open. Runs open-calls for curatorial projects.
Depot - https://depotartstudios.com art studio and project space located in Manchester, the studio space often transforms into a platform to display and promote contemporary art.
AWOL Studios - www.awol-studios.co.uk AWOL Studios is a buzzing, creative hub in the heart of Ancoats. AWOL has an eclectic mix of artists, designers, filmmakers, tattooists etc.

* Salford[edit]

Artist Alternative Education Projects[edit]
Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Base Website Description
Islington Mill Art Academy Islington Mill www.islingtonmill.com/about-us/islington-mill-art-academy Islington Mill Art Academy (IMAA) is our free peer-led art school. It is open to anyone who wants to be an artist. Learning activity (workshops, crits, coaching, group residencies and projects) is shared and led by the energy and ideas of the current student-members. The Academy is not formally accredited; students choose to graduate when they feel ready to work more independently as artists.
Short Supply Islington Mill https://www.shortsupply.org/ Short Supply was established for the purpose of generating creative opportunities, and facilitating and curating collaborative events specifically for artists in the North West. Particular emphasis is placed on ensuring emerging artists and recent graduates have the chance to put themselves out there, but Short Supply is a platform for all creatives, and aims to try and cultivate a supportive network across the board..
Name Address Website Description
Paradise Works East Philip Street, Salford, M3 7LE https://www.paradise-works.com Independent Gallery, project space and community of 30+ artists. You can attend film viewings, artist discussions, workshops and you can become a studio member. It hosts the north west graduate show which is selected through open call.
Hot Bed Press The Casket Works, Cow Lane, Salford. M5 4NB www.hotbedpress.org

Hot Bed Press was established in 1994 by a small group of graduates/artists looking for somewhere to print. The group established a ‘not for profit’ company operating on charitable principles with the aims of supporting artists, promoting printmaking and educating a wider audience in printmaking and related arts.

Yorkshire and the Humber[edit]

Artists[edit]

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* Leeds[edit]

Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Assembly House 44 Canal Rd, LS12 2PL https://www.assemblyhouse.art an artist-led gallery and studios located in a Victorian textiles mill alongside the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Since 2013 we have been supporting emerging creatives in Leeds by offering affordable studio spaces, career support and funded opportunities. We also host a monthly programme of exhibitions, gigs and events.
Serf 23—25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ http://serfleeds.co.uk an artist-led community and project space in Leeds, UK. We provide open-plan studios and workspaces for over 25 artists and provide opportunities to curate exhibitions, showcase work and experiment within our project space.

* Sheffield[edit]

Events spaces[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Flaw Collective / Gut Level - - Space for events, DJ nights, skill sharing
Sidney & Matilda RIVELIN WORKS, S1 4RH https://www.sidneyandmatilda.com Independent live venue and gallery. Available for gallery and event hire, used by multiple local organisations and practitioners to host free events, exhibitions and accompanying artist talks.
Foodhall 121 Eyre Street, S1 4QW. https://www.foodhallproject.org Our core activity is the running of a community cafe, where communal meals made from surplus food donations are served on a ‘contribute what you can’ basis. Foodhall is also a space for culture, music, arts and community events; hosting talks and academic presentations and festivals; and catering private parties and events. Profits from these events go toward funding Foodhall’s core and branch activities.
Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Bloc Projects - - Gallery space and studios
S1 Artspace - - Gallery and studios- available for private hire
GLOAM 95B Mary Street S1 4RT https://www.facebook.com/GLOAMGallery contemporary art gallery, and studios - available for private hire
Studios[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Womp Space - - Studio space, host events, screenings and residencies

West Midlands[edit]

Artists[edit]

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* Birmingham[edit]

Alternative Art Education Projects[edit]
Name Base Website Description
Masters of Something Birmingham https://mastersofsomething.wixsite.com/2019/about @masters_of_something_ an open-source professional development group, collaboratively run by a cohort of artists and makers, working to provide opportunities for each other over the course of an entire year. You can attend Masters of Something meet-ups
Black Hole Club Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RS http://www.vividprojects.org.uk/blackholeclub/ a programme of creative development and collaboration for artists and creative practitioners with a diverse range of backgrounds and cultural interests. Participants are selected from an annual open call and use the year to collaborate, test and present new aspects to their practices.


Galleries[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Centrala Space Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT http://centrala-space.org.uk A nationally and internationally recognised centre for Central and Eastern European art and artists. You can attend many of the free events hosted in the space including music nights and readings. Partakes in ‘first Friday’.
Cheap Cheap 68a Lombard Street, B12 0QR http://thomas-kilby.co.uk/index.php/cheap-cheap/ A project space & gallery in Birmingham, UK. Housed within the same building as The Lombard Method (an artist-led studio).
Eastside Projects 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR https://eastsideprojects.org Gallery in Digbeth, running artist symposiums and open calls. You can attend talks and symposiums within the gallery,

You can join their initiative EOP (Extra Ordinary People) which will send you opportunity updates, and access trips (with other EOP members) to other galleries and arts festivals in the country. You can also apply to the EOP annual members show - if your proposal is chosen you recieve £1000 artists fee and up to £1500 for production and curatorial guidance. You will also be able to book 1-2-1 chats with ESP staff and talks with staff around guidance setting up your own spaces. There are also publishing fairs held in the gallery and Christmas art fairs that EOP members can apply to take part in. Eastside projects also takes part in the Syllabus programme and in first friday events

Recent Activity 80–82 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR https://recentactivity.org.uk A curatorial project based in Digbeth, with a nomadic vitrine
Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Address Website Description, how to get involved
Grand Union Unit 19, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, B5 5RS https://grand-union.org.uk Grand Union provides high quality, affordable studios for visual artists in the heart of a supportive creative community, with frequent opportunities for members of the public to visit behind the scenes. You can become a studio holder, as well as attending events, workshops, exhibitions that are hosted in the space. There is also a graduate residency programme for graduates in Birmingham which provides studio space and mentoring for a year. Partakes in Digbeth ‘First Friday’, where galleries open into the evening and host events, with local artists on the first friday of every month.
Stryx Unit 13, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, B5 5RS http://stryx.co.uk a female-led gallery and studios that focuses on supporting artists through residencies and artist development programmes. You can become a studio member, Stryx also partakes in first Friday and hosts events including performances and live music.
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Workshops[edit]
Name Address Website Description, how to get involved
Modern Clay 17 Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RS https://modernclay.org Modern Clay provides a studio research facility for the production of ceramics, run as a co-op. Core values: artists, education and public. You can hire out the studio for self-funded residencies and attend reasonably priced, varied workshops.
STEAMhouse 108 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DT https://steamhouse.org.uk/ STEAMhouse is a production space in Birmingham, UK. It hosts a range of fabrication facilities including woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing and more. The facilities are free to use for registered companies, which includes artists registered as self employed.

* Stoke-on-Trent[edit]

Galleries[edit]
Name Address Website Description, how to get involved
AirSpace 4 Broad Street, ST1 4HL http://www.airspacegallery.org A collaborative, artist led project, providing professional development opportunities, studio and exhibiting space and support for artists. You can be a studio holder, attend film viewings, artist soup kitchens, workshops, and assist the gallery in the maintenance of the Spode rose garden. There are exhibition call-outs and opportunities as well as events such as karaoke nights held in the gallery.
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East Midlands[edit]

Artists[edit]

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* Leicester[edit]

Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Website Address Description
Two Queens https://2queens.com 2 Queen Street, LE1 1QW an artist-run gallery and studios situated in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. In addition to our public facing opportunities, we have regular open calls within our associate membership (aimed at those who wish to benefit from the critical dialogue and support that a peer group of fellow practitioners can provide, but do not require a studio space).
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* Nottingham[edit]

Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Website Address Description
Backlit https://backlit.org.uk Alfred House, Ashley St, NG3 1JG artist driven contemporary art gallery and studios. You can become a studio holder, attend workshops in skills. Past examples include workshops in concrete construction.
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Studios[edit]
Name Website Address Description
Primary http://www.weareprimary.org/about/ 33 Seely Rd studio and workshop spaces, and an innovative public programme.
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East[edit]

Artists[edit]

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* Norwich[edit]

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* Peterborough[edit]

Early Career Programme[edit]
Name Base Website Description
Early Career Aritsts Peterborough, Southend & Liverpool [8] Over the next few years Metal is looking to further develop a programme of support for Early Career Artists, those in their first few years of defining themselves as an artist. Though not exclusively, we are particularly interested in how we can help early career artists who live or work in our host cities of Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend on Sea. Below are our current programmes that support those in the first few years of their artistic career.


* Southend[edit]

Alternative Art Education Programmes[edit]
Name Base Website Description
TOMA: The Other MA Southend www.metalculture.com/projects/toma The Other MA (TOMA) is a 12-month artist-run education model based in Southend-on-Sea. TOMA is currently the only postgraduate level art programme in Essex after all others were stopped by their host Universities. It was set up in 2016 to offer responsive, affordable, accessible art education to artists. TOMA is unaccredited in the traditional sense, but provides a programme of learning that will benefit artists in the same way.

South West[edit]

Artists[edit]

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* Bristol[edit]

Studios[edit]
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* Bath[edit]

Art Spaces[edit]
Name Website Address Description
The Andrew Brownsword Gallery https://www.edgearts.org/whats-on/andrew-brownsword-gallery/ The Edge, University of Bath Gallery
Bath Artists Studios http://bathartistsstudios.co.uk Example Gallery space and studios
Bath School of Art and Design Example Bath spa university, Locksbrook campus Gallery space
The Art Cohort https://www.theartcohort.co.uk 13 Chelsea Road Gallery space, art shop, workshops

South East[edit]

Artists[edit]

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* Brighton[edit]

Alternative Art Education Projects[edit]
Name Base Website Description
TheAntiMA Coachwerks theantimabrighton.wordpress.com The AntiMA Brighton is a peer-lead, collaborative arts education programme based in Brighton. Meeting monthly at Coachwerks, a gallery, workshop and artist studio space, members of the programme deliver workshops, talks and experiences to the rest of the group as well as participating in crits, research and event planning that encourages peer learning as well as personal practice development.
Brighton Photo Fringe photofringe.org/ Photo Fringe is a volunteer-led, collaborative platform providing essential professional development opportunities and peer-support for lens-based artists. Brighton Photo Fringe runs a trainee curator programme for those interested in working with lens-based media as well as open opportunities for lens-based artists to present work during their biennial festival.

* Hastings[edit]

Studios[edit]
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* Margate[edit]

Alternative Art Education Projects[edit]
Name Base Website Description
Open School East Adult Education Centre, Hawley Square, CT9 1PF www.openschooleast.org Established in 2013, Open School East is a Margate-based space for artistic and collaborative learning that is free, versatile and non-exclusive. The Associates Programme: a year-long development programme for emerging artists and cultural practitioners from diverse backgrounds and generations; The Young Associates Programme: a full-time, year-long, accredited art and design programme for local young people aged 16-18 who experience difficulty in their education.


Galleries (with studios) / Studios (with galleries)[edit]
Name Base Website Description
CRATE 1 Bilton Square, High Street, CT9 1EE http://cratespace.co.uk Based in an old print works, the building combines working and project space and is designed to give artists access to dedicated, affordable space for experimentation, production, documentation and research. There are three floors of studios, and two project spaces on the ground floor. The project spaces are available for short-term use by practitioners, alongside a programme initiated by CRATE.

* Milton Keynes[edit]

Art Spaces[edit]
Name Website Address Description
Milton Keynes Art Centre https://miltonkeynesartscentre.org Parklands, MK14 5DZ a multidisciplinary arts centre set in the grounds of Great Linford Manor Park. We present a programme of artists’ projects, events and educational activities inspired by our unique location. We provide access to specialist ceramic, silversmithing and wood shop resources, and the space to explore new ideas and directions in the development of craft, design and the visual arts.


* Portsmouth[edit]

Studios[edit]
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Greater London[edit]

Artists[edit]

Name Website / contact Who you want to connect with, why What you want to share, why
Margaret Jennings @margaretkokoro, margaretkokoroarts@gmail.com socially-engaged, participative, critically-questioning eco-arts practice happy to offer workshops, silent walks, mindfulness spontaneous sketch classes based on re-sensitising to nature, gifted tree planting exchange ceremonies
Esther McManus esthermcmanus.co.uk, @esther_mcmanus I'd like to be in touch with comics artists and cartoonists to share work-in-progress and receive/offer feedback. I'd love to join an online crit group Happy to share printing and bookbinding skills through skill-shares or taking on jobs
Niklas Gustafson @niklasg33 or Niklas.gustafson@mail.com Think I need a studio (pref NW London) at some point!
Imo Jeffes @imo_jeffes https://cargocollective.com/imogenjeffes I make film, do performances and just want to connect with other london artists and colab and have shows together and what not. Find me on instagram or get in touch via my website lets try and get something together by 2021!!!!
Matilda Glen @matildaglen or www.matildaglen.co.uk I'm interested in connecting with other artist and organisations in my local area Kings Cross Islington
Ju Canon @jucanon or https://www.jucanon.com/ I'd like to connect with other artists, painters? and find out about residencies to apply to. I am happy to chat and I can help for graphic design matters.
Zaneta Zukalova @zaneta_zukalova, www.cargocollective.com/zanetazukalova I'm up for connecting/collaborating with other artists, I'm local to Deptford
Dancing Pixels Instagram or Tumblr I'd like to meet people (I'm based in NW London) interested in videoart, live cinema and video projections to discuss our practices, inspirations and share feedback live video projection skills with TouchDesigner
Sophie Chapman www.sophieandkerri.com, @sophie_chapman Be good to be in touch with other artists interested in film, social justice, collaboration, punk. Local to Bermondsey, studio in Hackney. Have space we can use when covid safe, wana swap music
Abel Shah https://www.abelshah.com/ We're an artists duo investigating ideas around collaboration and the disruption on value systems. We also run a residency called residency 11:11. We're always looking to meet, do thing and chat with other practitioners Always up for sharing ideas

London-wide alternative art education projects[edit]

Name Base Website Description
AltMFA Across London www.altmfa.uk AltMFA is an Alternative Master of Fine Art Course established in 2010, by artists, for artists, as a free alternative to studying a university-based Masters programme in London.
Constellations UP Projects/ Flat Time House www.upprojects.com/projects/constellations/ Constellations is a free development programme for artists who are working with socio-political issues, community-oriented practice and/or public contexts. UP Projects has developed this programme in partnership with Flat Time House to support artists who are interested in further developing their practice, collaborating with others, and accessing new networks.
Into The Wild Chisenhale Studios [ http://www.intothewildchisenhale.co.uk/about.html ] Now in its sixth year, Into the Wild is a free, year-long development programme for recent BA graduate artists. It aims to offer support and inspiration to artists in the early stages of their career and in need of practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the real world and develop their practice. Selected artists are up to 3 years out of BA and represent a diversity of practices from across the spectrum of colleges in London and further afield. The programme involves an 8 week (1 day a week) course crammed with talks and workshops by leading arts professionals, plus a year involving mentoring from Studio Members; exhibitions: publications and tool kits; curatorial support; and a residency. Residencies take place off-site, and are tailored to the participants in association with a plethora of exciting institutions. Into the Wild is led by artist Sophie Chapman & Chisenhale Art Place's Artist Development Coordinator Rosie Hermon, in collaboration with the artists at Chisenhale Studios. The programme was conceived by Chisenhale Studio Members as a way of giving back and reaching out to new generations of artists.
Evening Class May Day Rooms evening-class.org Evening Class is an experiment in self-organised education that has been active since January 2016. It's a space where we can cultivate common interests, develop research and collectively decide the class’s programme. Our programme takes the form of public workshops, talks and debates, reading groups, radio broadcasting, performances, walks, and publishing.


* Hackney[edit]

Print Studios[edit]
Print Club London Dalston [9] Open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We have six screen beds, two t-shirt carousels, t-shirt dryer, storage facilities, a washout room and the mother of all exposure units. We supply the facilities and members supply their consumables such as ink, paper, screens, and emulsion.
Atom Gallery Stoke Newington [10] You are welcome to phone or email Mark or Richard for a chat about your printing requirements. Of course you can drop round too but best to check we are not up to our necks in something first and we can give you some attention. Giclee print and screen printing available.
Workshops[edit]
Hackney Wick Arts Club Hackney Wick [11] HWAC was formed to provide an affordable and practical space for local artists and makers with access to facilities for woodwork & carpentry, welding, rigging, graphics, painting, printing and electronics.
Galleries/Studios[edit]
Stour Space Hackney Wick [12] A socially minded organisation offering exhibition, performance and studio space for the development of creative enterprises. Supported through the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund and the Creative Land Trust.
PEER Hoxton [13] I went the other day, their ethos is so good. They are really community-driven and offer internships.
Guest Projects Hackney http://www.guestprojects.com/ This is a kind of hybrid project space/gallery space. Their normal programming is based on pretty lengthy applications where you are (if successful) given a 'residency' for a month to try things out and host things. But you can message them directly, or go knock on their door, and ask if the space is ever empty to try something out just for a day/afternoon to document and reflect!
Space Studios London Fields and other locations [14] SPACE is a leading visual arts organisation supporting artists in a changing urban environment by providing creative workspace, advocacy, support and promoting innovation.

* Brent[edit]

Studio, workshops, courses[edit]
Create Space London Willesden [15] Create Space London offers a range of core courses, workshops and educational programmes at either minimal or affordable costs. These involve: wood, metal & plastics; screen-printing, ceramics, electronics and computing. Create Space London has a range of studios, workshops and gallery space where art can be practiced, created and exhibited.
NW10 Studios NW - Multiple Locations [16] Affordable and reliable artist studios in growing selection of locations in NW London.


* Haringey[edit]

Alternative art education projects[edit]
The Essential School of Painting Wood Green theessentialschoolofpainting.com The Essential School of Painting (ESOP) is an alternative art school based in Wood Green, London, specialising in short and year long courses taught by leading contemporary artists. The ESOP offers exciting, intellectually rigorous courses with the intention of advancing painting and fine art practice in the 21st Century. Classes are available for all levels of experience.


* Newham[edit]

Print services[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Rabbits Road Press Old Manor Park Library, 835 Romford Rd, E12 5JY https://www.rabbitsroadpress.com The community risograph printing press offers printing services and educational workshops. Open Access weekly during term time


* Southwark[edit]

Art Groups[edit]
Name Address Website Description
F.A.T. Studio - - Group running creative activites for + with locals


Artist Studios[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Proposition Studios 30 Surrey Wharf, Malt St, London SE1 5AY https://www.propositionstudios.com/ Proposition Studios is currently based across three sites in Shoreditch, Holloway and Peckham with studios ranging from large self contained units to big open shared spaces. Each site offers a very different type of workspace ranging from industrial warehouse to studios in listed buildings. Artists are encouraged to work together to develop public events representing their studio community.


Printing Workshops[edit]
Name Address Website Description
DIY Space for London 96-108 Ormside Street, London, SE15 1TF https://diyspaceforlondon.org/ DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road. We offer low cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social space as well as space for screenings, talks and performances. We run on a members’ club model so that everyone has equal say in how the place is run. The space works to promote the ideas of mutual aid (helping each other) and cooperation (working together).


* Lewisham [edit]

Ceramic Studios[edit]
Name Address Website Description
The Ceramics Studio Co-op Units 14C, 16C, 17C Juno Way, London SE14 5RW https://www.ceramicsstudio.coop/ Ceramics Studio Co-op is an artist-run purpose designed ceramics and sculpture workshop which operates as a workers cooperative. The studio is owned and run by the people who work in it and have equal say in what business does. We were set up in response to the lack of ceramics workshops accessible to new makers, and as an attempt to create a space of ethical employment for artists and designers.
Artist Studios[edit]
Name Address Website Description
SET Studios Unit 1 Lewisham Retail Park. London. SE13 7RZ https://setspace.uk/ SET is a multifaceted arts and community organisation based in numerous centres across London. SET curates an eclectic and experimental arts programme alongside affordable artist workspace
Alternative art education projects[edit]
Lewisham Education Arts Network Lewisham [17] Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN) champions arts education in Lewisham through empowering artist educators, those that work with them and strategic partners to foster high quality creative opportunities for children and young people.

* Tower Hamlets[edit]

LADA Bethnal Green https://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/ LADA support contemporary culture’s most radical and inventive artists, practices and ideas. They have a big research library that anyone can organise to go in to and use that is full of books and works and films to do with live art/performance.
Alternative art education projects[edit]
Name Base Website Description
Into the Wild Chisenhale Studios www.intothewildchisenhale.co.uk Now in its sixth year, Into the Wild is a free, year-long professional development programme for recent BA graduate artists. It aims to offer support and inspiration to artists in the early stages of their career and in need of practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the real world and develop their practice
Print Services[edit]
Name Address Website Description
London Centre for Book Arts Britannia Works, 56 Dace Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NQ www.londonbookarts.org

London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) is an artist-run, open-access studio providing education programmes for the community and access to resources for artists, designers and makers. They foster and promote book arts and artist-led publishing in the UK through collaboration, education, and by providing open-access to printing and binding facilities; a space for hands-on experience, knowledge sharing and skills exchange.

* Camden[edit]

Residencies[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Residency 11:11 Hampstead https://residencyeleveneleven.co.uk/ Residency 11:11 is an artist-led residency initiated in 2018 by Giulia Shah in collaboration with Alexandra Bell aiming to be shaped by the needs of its own residents and contributors . We accept proposals from all practitioners based outside of London for whom it is relevant to spend time working, researching and connecting outside of their “usual” environment.
Arts Organisation[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Freelands Foundation Camden https://freelandsfoundation.co.uk/ An arts organisation focussing on art education and its accessibility.

Wales[edit]

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* Cardiff[edit]

Art Spaces[edit]
Name Website Address Description
ArcadeCampfa https://arcade-campfa.org 3b Queen's Arcade, Queen St, St Davids Centre, CF10 2BY an artist-led gallery and project space located in the Queens Arcade shopping centre in Cardiff. We comprise two shop units; Campfa is an exhibition space with a year-long programme of contemporary solo and group exhibitions. Arcade is an experimental project space where we act as host for your exhibitions, workshops, talks and events. ArcadeCampfa provides studios for artists at Arcade Studios in Fairwater, Cardiff.
g39 http://www.g39.org Oxford St, CF24 3DT Part exhibition space, part community and part resource, g39 is a dynamic artist-led organisation for contemporary art in Wales. We organise and present a wide-ranging public programme of activities, from major exhibitions, talks and formal symposia to experimental projects and social events. We also run an informal membership scheme for emerging and mid-career artists who live and work in Wales. Through Warp (Wales Artist Resource Programme) we offer artists support and advice, training and information and facilitate networking between individual artists and groups. G39 does not represent artists commercially; instead we encourage their self-management and professionalism.


* Llandudno[edit]

Studios[edit]
Name Website Address Description
MOSTYN https://www.mostyn.org 12 Vaughan Street, LL30 1AB The six gallery spaces exhibit the best in international contemporary art and craft, showing artists and makers from Wales and beyond.


Scotland[edit]

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* Edinburgh[edit]

Studios[edit]
Name Website Address Description
Rhubaba http://www.rhubaba.org/studio/#info Rhubaba Gallery and Studios 25 Arthur St, Edinburgh, EH6 5DA This is a really friendly small studio space with affordable studios for recent grads, they also host workshops and events by external artists
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* Glasgow[edit]

Print Services[edit]
Name Address Website Description
Sundays Print 32 St. Andrew's Street, G1 5PD https://www.sundays-print-service.co.uk Risograph print service & open access studio
Risotto 22 Farnell Street, G4 9SE https://www.risottostudio.com Risograph printers


Northern Ireland[edit]

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* Belfast[edit]

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No Fixed Abode[edit]

A space for projects or groups that are peripatetic or exist across a number of sites around the UK.


Alternative Art Education Projects[edit]

Name Base Website Description
School of the Damned UK schoolofthedamned.wixsite.com School of the Damned (SotD) is an arts and educational platform. Re-forming on an annual basis, each cohort has the opportunity to define the agenda and produce work and events individually and collectively. SotD was formed in 2014 as a reaction to the increasing financialisation of Higher Education in the UK. SotD has no tuition fees, is student led and peer supported. We use our collective resources and networks to make the things we want to happen, happen.
The Syllabus Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Iniva, London; S1 Artspace, Sheffield; and Spike Island, Bristol eastsideprojects.org/projects/the-syllabus Syllabus provides a learning programme for artists over a ten month period and is supported using public funding from Arts Council England. Syllabus is developed collaboratively with the participating artists, the partner institutions and two artistic advisors.
Antiuniversity UK http://www.antiuniversity.org Antiuniversity Now is a collaborative experiment to challenge institutionalised education, access to learning and the mechanism of knowledge creation and distribution.
Festival of Alternative Art Education UK https://videomole.tv/festival/ The Festival of Alternative Art Education will bring together alternative art schools, peer-support groups and collectives in a range of events, performances, discussions, installations, stalls and workshops on education, pedagogy, peer-support, co-operation, self-organisation, labour and precarity.
Trade Unions[edit]
Name Website Description
United Voices of the World's Designers + Cultural Workers (UVW-DCW) www.uvwunion.org.uk/design-culture-workers UVW-DCW is a cross-sector trade union organising isolated and groups of workers across the creative industries.

A broad, cross-sector definition of cultural work is necessary in order to resist exploitation. If you work as a designer, curator, film-maker, illustrator, writer, artworker, educator or any other creative worker; in a studio, gallery, museum, art school, theatre, fashion company or even from your bedroom; as an employee, agency worker, intern, student or self-employed; join the fight to build a more equitable culture from below.


International[edit]

* Romanian Music [edit]

Name Base Website Description
Dark Fusion Bucharest [18] This band brings a fresh air in the Romanian rock community due to its eclectic style and the stunning shows they through, regarding the size of the stage.

* Romanian Artists [edit]

Malia
Name Base Website Description
Cornelia Marculescu Bucharest [19] She is a comicon, independent artist, which creates digital art. Check her pages on Pinterest, Facebook, Displate and ArtNation.


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