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ACAVA offers a small number of studios as temporary project spaces that are available for periods of up to one year (terms are flexible/negotiable). Many of our buildings have a project space but their availability varies constantly, so it is advisable to make an initial email enquiry by contacting the studio allocations team at: studios (at) acava (dot) org.

We encourage applications to use project spaces from individual artists, collaborators, groups, curators, producers, organisations and social enterprises who are engaged in, or support, the contemporary arts or other cultural projects.

We want our studios to be used by a diverse range of practitioners and practices and to provide opportunities for artists at all stages of their career. ACAVA's criteria are designed to ensure that our studio communities are vibrant, active, supportive and creative. In some studio settings, context specific criteria apply.

ACAVA uses broadly the same criteria for project spaces as it does for studios, however, as project spaces are used for shorter periods of time we are more relaxed about applying these criteria. We are open to discussing proposals for different kinds of use and users.

ACAVA members use of project spaces
Existing ACAVA members may apply to use project spaces for short periods of time at a subsidised rate depending on availability.

Blechynden Street project spaces
Blechynden Street Studios offers a small number of studios for use as temporary project spaces.

ACAVA will prioritise applications that can demonstrate one, or more, of the following:

  • Quality of work
  • Ambition
  • Emerging practitioners
  • Artists working professionally
  • Increasing participation in the contemporary arts
  • Public engagement
  • Support the professional development of artists
  • Socially engaged art practices
  • International collaboration
  • Underrepresented groups in the arts, including: BAME; LGBTQ; disabled or socio-economically disadvantaged artists
  • Likely amount of time the space will be used

ACAVA allocates project spaces based on our criteria and availability. Decisions are final and we do not have the capacity to enter into dialogue with applicants who are unsuccessful.

Currently, we cannot offer subsidy or funding for project spaces, however, we are open to considering supporting funding applications to do so. We aim to identify funding that will allow us to deliver supported programmes and we are open to conversations about future partnerships and collaborations.

Application process
To apply for a project space please complete and submit the Project Space Application Form.

For an informal discussion about your proposal and/or our project spaces prior to submission, please contact the studio allocations team.

Contact studio allocations team
studios (at) acava (dot) org