Info & How to Apply
ARTIST STUDIOS & CREATIVE WORKSPACES
Cell was established by artists in 1999 and now runs seven studio buildings in East and South East London. We provide low-cost studios for fine art practitioners and, in our Arcola Street buildings, affordable creative workspace for a wider range of art and design practices. At our HQ site on Cambridge Heath Rd, we also run Cell Project Space – an independent not-for-profit gallery with a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, events and workshops that supports innovative art practice and promotes wider public engagement with the arts.
We work hard to keep artists and the creative community at the heart of the city. Faced with rising property prices and rents in the areas where we have long run studios, our mission is to protect creative workspace for artists at affordable prices.
Cell Project Space is limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit constitution and supports Cell Foundation, a registered charity no.1156554.
We provide a range of self-contained studio spaces from 100 to 2000 sq ft on fixed-term studio licences. This includes artist studios, designer-maker workshops and workspaces for creative businesses. Our studios are housed in a variety of converted industrial buildings, from Victorian factories to light-industrial units, each with their own vibrant community.
The rent you pay includes all management fees and service charges, business rates, communal area cleaning, refuse collection and general building maintenance. High speed internet supplied by ISP Optimity is included in rental costs at all buildings. Each studio has its own contained electricity supply, several double sockets and fluorescent lighting as standard. Heating is included in our Arcola Street buildings. Electricity is typically metered and charged quarterly.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A CELL STUDIO?
We provide studios and creative workspace for artists, artisans, designer-makers, designers, architects and all manner of other creative practitioners. As a studio provider that has grown from London’s fine art community, we prioritise providing spaces for fine artists (including painters, sculptors, fine-art photographers, artist film and video makers, etc.) in several of our buildings.
Within our Arcola Street and Arcola Northside buildings, our studio provision is extended to a wider variety of creative practices (including textile, fashion and graphic designers; illustrators; media and film production professionals; commercial photographers; architects; art and design agencies and many other creative small businesses). These studios offer higher spec facilities suitable for both artists and more desk-based professional practices.
In order to view a studio, you will need to be registered with us. We don’t charge a registration fee.
HOW TO APPLY
Studio applications should be made by email. To apply you should submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
• Your full name, address and mobile phone number;
• A current CV;
• Link to your website, or a portfolio, or images of recent work;
• A brief description of your workspace needs and preferred Cell site.
For information on studio availability, please visit the Studio Availability page.