We are a network of creative workspace providers across the UK coming together to navigate sector and to create a platform to advocate, promote and develop our sector.
Founded by Phoenix Art Space in 2020
and funded by Arts Council England
WHY A NATIONAL NETWORK?
STRONGER VOICE FOR CREATIVE WORKSPACE SECTOR
Position the sector with a strong, united, clear voice to lobby local authorities, property developers, corporate sector, other financiers to help find solutions to occupy buildings on any scale and to future proof the ecosystem of creative workspaces.
This gives the sector a wider view with shared support, resources and learning.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY
What is our response to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion is foremost in all our ambition. As a sector, how do we respond? What practical initiatives can we action?
ASSESSING THE IMPACT ON THE ARTISTS WE SUPPORT
We will review how a creative workspace network could better asses the long-term impact of Covid-19 on artists in our studios, and how we can shape the future support.
Economic and Social Value
The development of a national network will be tasked to research the economic value as well as the social impact of creative workspaces in our communities. The social value that workspace providers create by working with underrepresented groups, schools and local resident communities allows our network to create dynamic, inclusive, meaningful and long-lasting relationships using the arts as a way to connect. This is often overlooked when we quantify impact.
Connecting up national conversations
There are parallel conversations happening across the country around workspace in terms of long-term affordability and greater resilience and working with multiple stakeholders, eg, local authority, LEP’s, property developers