Spode Works, applications for studios invited

The artists’ studios at Spode Works are almost ready for occupation. ACAVA has worked with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to renovate and transform part of the old Spode Works, and with support from Arts Council England, the building work is almost complete and 43 studios will be available by the end of March.

The studios range in size from the largest spaces (over 500sq.ft) suitable for sculpture and ceramics, and those wishing to work together, some with three-phase supply for kilns and machinery, to smaller studios (from 150 sq.ft) suitable for individual artists. The studios have excellent natural light from large factory windows and overhead skylights in the steel decking suspended ceilings.
The studios will form the single largest concentration of independent creative practitioners in the city. The City Council’s ambitious vision is to build a thriving creative community within the historic buildings of the former Spode site, including galleries, exhibition space and other creative uses.
ACAVA’s is committed to engaging with communities where its studios are based and forging partnerships with local authorities, private sector developers, health services, schools and other agencies. ACAVA Studios : Spode Works will form partnerships with other local arts organisations and seek to make links with different communities across the Stoke towns, increasing participation in the arts and culture.
Studios will cost £7.75psf, inclusive of rates, utilities and all other costs except electricity which will be metered. They will have 24/7 access.
To apply for a studio you must first apply to become an Associate Member of ACAVA, details are to be found here. Once signed up you can make an application for a specific studio, details of which will soon be posted on the website.
For further information contact Lucy Kennedy Martin at lkmartin@acava.org or 0208 960 5015.