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Joined 27-08-2007
Posted on Monday, 27 August, 2007 - 07:08 pm:   

I am an early career artists living in SE23. (“Early career” is a polite art-world term for skint - when you start making a real living you get called “mid career”). There is such a thing as studio space for under or around £100pcm in South London but the waiting lists for these, usually charity run, spaces are years long or closed.

Forget the stereotypical image of an artist’s studio with plenty of space and natural light - this is London. Personally I’d be happy with teeny crack in the wall as long as it had electricity (access to a toilet would be nice but if it were in Forest Hill I could always dash home..)

Am I day dreaming or are there home owners out there with unused box rooms, garages, garden sheds, gutted former downstairs toilets, etc..?

If you are such a person, how would you feel in principle about letting your unused and undecorated space out to a local artist (and I don’t just mean me here, I am also wondering whether there is any point in setting up a network to link people to this end).

What would be your concerns/what would put you off? Bear in mind that terms/hours of use could be negotiated. I’d really appreciate feedback on this issue (and, of course, I am also looking for a space for me if you have one…)
Joined 08-10-2006
Posted on Monday, 27 August, 2007 - 07:45 pm:   

You could try St. Augustine's church in Honor Oak Park. They have had artist studios before. Look on their website for contact details.
Joined 27-08-2007
Posted on Monday, 27 August, 2007 - 10:41 pm:   

Thank you Sandy, I hadn't heard of studios there before - I have now emailed a query about it to St Augustine.

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