Studiomakers

Outset launched Studiomakers in 2016 in response to a rapid decline in affordable workspace. The initiative recognises the vital importance of studio spaces to a thriving cultural sector in London, and works with partners to deliver innovative solutions.

Creative Land Trust

In 2019, Outset was instrumental in conceiving the Creative Land Trust (CLT) which acquires studio spaces in perpetuity, to guarantee affordable rent for artists. In a ground-breaking private-public partnership Arts Council England, the Mayor of London, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Outset committed £7.5million to establish the CLT, working with developers, local authorities, and operators to safeguard London’s creative community.

Studiomakers Prize

Recent graduates face the hurdle of securing a new space to work and associated financial pressures outside of an institutional community of support. A recent study has shown that 29% of newly graduated artists have to quit their practice before taking on a studio.

‘Tiffany & Co x Studiomakers’ Prize

From 2017 to 2020 Tiffany & Co. sponsored 21 workspaces for recent graduates. 

Read more about the prize in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

City of London x Studiomakers’ Prize

In 2023, The Studiomakers Prize formed a new collaboration between the City of London Corporation, which provided core funding. Outset partnered with SET to deliver Prize workspaces in an empty commercial unit on Byward Street.

We are currently seeking a supporter for the next iteration of the Studiomakers Prize, to allow us to continue supporting artists at a critical moment in their careers, and to ultimately retain creative talent in London.

For more information on Studiomakers Prize sponsorship opportunities please email, info@outset.org.uk.

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