We aim to create
a strong voice
for the creative
workspace sector

14 September


Studio providers, artist-led groups and creative co-working spaces have been financially impacted by Covid-19, and it is essential the sector is well positioned to ensure stability long term.

The financial hardship that artists are currently facing may result in long term losses, not only economically, but also in terms of the artist community and ecology that our workspaces support.


The objective of the network is to learn how to shape future support for both studio providers, studio groups and their artists. Our first task was to produce Guidelines for re-opening under Covid-19. This document is a work in progress which will grow as more organisations join the network. It has been written as a signpost document to support and encourage how the sector can re open. Our next task is to look at the economic and social impact of our organisations in our towns and cities across the country, so join the conversation.

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The network will be formerly launched on 14 September, 10.30am via the CVAN ‘Power of Art’ webinar looking at studio providers.

Booking via Eventbrite will follow shortly.

14th September

The network will be formerly launched on 14 September, 10.30am via the webinar – Studios: Supporting Creative Workspaces during COVID-19.

The webinar is being hosted by CVAN, is taking place on Zoom, and is free to attend.

It will cover the following topics:

  • Financial crisis – business models and sources of support
  • Capital developments – sustainability for studio providers
  • Access and intersectionality
  • National voice – existing workspace networks and future developments

Run by a panel of four artist studio providers; Tristan Hessing, Director and Co-Founder, One Thoresby Street (Nottingham); Cheryl Jones, Director and Co-founder, Grand Union (Birmingham); Ingrid Banerjee Marvin, Artist Support Lead for East Street Arts (Leeds) and leading its Guild programme; Sarah Davies, Executive Director, Phoenix Art Space (Brighton).

The webinar will mark the official launch of the national Creative Workspace Network and Sarah Davies, who has been leading its development with support from Arts Council England, will say more about next steps during the webinar.

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