Artist Development

‘a space’ arts can offer visual artists living or working in the SO postcode area a range of free support to help develop a sustainable career, including one-to-one meetings, information on funding, exhibition opportunities and networking events.

Funding from Arts Council England has created a new role of Artist Development Officer within the ‘a space’ team. Alys Scott-Hawkins was recruited in August 2018 and embarked on a consultation with artists to find out what kinds of support would be most useful. As a result, the current programme of activities will focus on:

– Providing information on resources and opportunities, through bookable and drop-in sessions.

– Support for developing funding applications

– Setting up peer-to-peer networks

– Opening up spaces for artists to test out new ideas and exhibit their work

Accessibility: what are your needs? We want to help you access our activities. Please email or call the ‘a space’ arts office on 023 8033 8778 to let us know.


One-to-one meetings

Alys is available for hour-long one-to-one meetings, to discuss your practice or project, and the support that might benefit you.

Request to book a meeting

Artist Information Bureau

Alys runs drop-in information sessions for visual artists at venues across the SO postcode area. Upcoming sessions are added to the programme page of our website. If you would like Alys to come to your organisation or venue, please contact


Artist Funding Workshop

An annual day-long event, providing information and advice about funding from a range of speakers representing a number of funders, plus artists who have previously received funding who can share their experiences. Details of future ones will be shared here and on our programme page ahead of any upcoming workshops.


Testing Space

If you need a project space to test out new work or ideas, our large and flexible event space Arch 4 is available to visual artists at no cost, for a period of up to 12 days.

If you have questions, please contact for further information.

Click here to apply

Peer-to-peer networks

We are currently supporting three visual artists to lead peer networks, such as critique groups or technique / practice-specific networks. To see more about these peer groups and find out how to be involved in them see the link below.

Find out more

Artist Voices

Twice a year we run a panel discussion event inviting artists, curators and programmers to share their experiences and answer your questions.

New Artist Voices events will be displayed on our programme page. You can listen to recordings of previous events on our Soundcloud page.

Listen back

Talent Development

Every other year we run a bursary scheme for artists, groups and small arts organisations, inviting applicants to propose a six month project which will develop your practice or career.

Details of the 2019 applicants can be found here.

The scheme will open again in 2021.

Artists Resources

‘a space’ arts have compiled a handy directory of resources for visual artists in the SO postcode area, covering exhibition spaces, studios, arts organisations, and sources of information on artist opportunities.

If you have information to add, please email

Artist Resources Document


If you would like a copy of the Artist Development Plan or to see the results of the artist consultation, please contact