London – Somerset House is tackling the lack of affordable workspaces in the capital by opening subsidised creative studio spaces.
As rising rents and housing developers continue to threaten the cultural fabric of London, Somerset House is looking to combat the ‘accelerating exodus of artists’ by creating experimental workspaces that will provide residency for about 100 artists.
Residents in the building’s New Wing will focus on cross-disciplinary work, with a range of visual artists, musicians, performance artists, dancers and live artists, fashion designers, film-makers and artists working with technology all able to apply.
Jonathan Reekie, director of Somerset House, explained that the idea for the spaces came from a desire to provide modern spaces that could be adapted to contemporary working practices. ‘We will be making a new kind of space,’ Reekie told Creative Boom, ‘[for] today’s artists, who are thinking and working in very different ways across artistic disciplines.’
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