Arches Studios

The Arches Studios is a managed visual arts studio complex of 21 studios, for visual artists at all stages of their careers and working across all media, in which artistic practice can flourish.

The studios offer a vibrant environment where artists can develop their visual arts practice, contribute towards the creative community, engage with a programme of development activities and participate in an annual Open Studios event where the public are welcomed into the studios.

In addition to your personal studio, residents have free access to book Arch 04 for events and exhibitions alongside using the 7.5m project space.  There is also a communal kitchen, office, meeting area and storage area as well as 24/7 access and wifi.

We aim to make the studios affordable and all residents benefit from discretionary rate relief passed on by ‘a space’ arts, the charity operating the studios.

Please note: as the studios benefit from discretionary rate relief and the Arches studios can not offer affordable studios to support commercial creative business activity. Please contact us before making an application if you are unsure about the commerciality of your business.

Price bands range between £95 to £151 p/m and are all inclusive.

Applications Process

Studio spaces are awarded following an application and interview process, with applications assessed by the charity’s staff and a representative from the studio residents. If you wish to apply for a studio please download and complete the application form.

Artists are assessed according to the following criteria:

• A commitment to an ongoing visual arts practice

• A clear vision for the development of their work

• An engagement with the wider visual arts context

• How a studio space will benefit the applicant’s practice

• A willingness to make an active contribution to the Arches community



*Update to Arch 04

Arch 04 is no longer accepting bookings due to new studios which are being built within the Arches.

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Find out about Arches Open Studios 2024!
Download the Arches Open Studios 2024 Programme here!

Current Studio Holders