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

We offer 121 meetings for visual artists and organisation working in the SO postcode – 121’s can cover a wider range of subjects including funding applications or developing projects, along with any other subjects that would assist you to develop your artistic career or practice.

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

We offer regular workshops to support artists, artist groups and small arts organisations with their applications for funding. Our next event is an online workshop on Tuesday 8th December with Arts Council Relationship Manager Ceri Johnson. Book here.

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


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

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

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.

Artist Resources

‘a space’ arts has 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