Studiomakers increases the supply of workspace used for creative production and cultural consumption by brokering lease agreements that deliver true affordability for the end user. 

We advise the private sector and public institutions using our comprehensive experience in successfully securing long-term affordable workspace. The creative industries are the fastest-growing sector of the UK economy, accounting for one in every six jobs in London alone. However, without enough physical spaces from which to operate, creative talent continues to drain from the UK as affordable workspace is established elsewhere.

Our History

Click here to read about PHASE 1 of Studiomakers (2016–19)

Launched in March 2016 at an event hosted at Antony Gormley’s studio in central London, Studiomakers has helped deliver over 60,000 sqft of workspace across a number of short-term affordable workspace projects, supporting hundreds of artists, events and exhibitions. 

The initiative was also instrumental in the creation of the Creative Land Trust, a new charitable organisation purchasing buildings for use as affordable workspace in perpetuity.

Although short-term and meanwhile space supplied the majority of all affordable workspaces for the past 40 years, a number of factors have recently eradicated this old model, resulting in a dramatic reduction in supply. To retain affordable workspace in progressively expensive cities it is essential to find new solutions.

What We Do

Studiomakers acts as an advisor and partner, ensuring affordable workspace is delivered nationally as part of redevelopment projects. We provide strategic guidance, help to quantify outcomes and aim to secure creative, cultural and social benefits for decades to come.

Studiomakers is a philanthropic initiative funded by Outset Contemporary Art Fund, allowing the initiative to remain impartial and offer unbiased advice. The initiative develops guidance, gives talks and publishes documentation on both the problems facing affordable workspace, as well as our proven working model that provides long-term solutions.

Based on a decade of experience Studiomakers’ model balances the unique terms required to keep workspace affordable for end-users. We negotiate key variables, answer specific questions and mediate between stakeholders to achieve agreements that deliver truly affordable workspace. 

We are helping to inform new changes to planning policy that legally obligate developers to include workspace at an affordable rate. These policies often suggest affordable workspace providers partner with developers to deliver planning obligations.  However, there is often a knowledge gap between these two entities: misalignment of expectations in affordability, a lack of a common language and even mistrust hinders negotiation.

Studiomakers bridges this gap during the planning application process, helping to ensure workspace remains both viable and deliverable, and ultimately increasing the supply of affordable creative and cultural spaces.

Our Future

From 2020 Studiomakers will start Phase 2 of the initiative, focusing on delivering suitable and affordable workspaces for creative practitioners that are secure in the long-term.  We have the ability to make informed judgements and quick decisions using a decade of experience in successfully securing new, long-term lease agreements.  This expertise serves as a working blueprint that can be replicated both nationally and internationally.

020 3322 5116
william@outset.org.uk

The Tiffany & Co. × Outset Studiomakers Prize

The Tiffany & Co. × Outset Studiomakers Prize complements the Studiomakers initiative by securing accessibility to creative workspaces at graduate level. Read more about the prize in 2017, 2018 and 2019.