ASC is the leading charitable provider of affordable workspaces for artists and creatives in the capital, supporting thousands of innovators since it was established in 1993.
Earlier this year Lambeth Council agreed to help fund ASC’s acquisition of its site in Streatham Hill through the Future Workspace Fund and provided a grant of £200,000 through the first round of funding.
The council and ASC are now welcoming applications from Lambeth residents to become an Artist in Residence at ASC Streatham Hill and have a studio free of charge for two years.
Cllr Matthew Bennett, cabinet member for Planning, Investment and New Homes, said: “I am delighted we have been able to work closely with ASC to deliver our promise to support the artistic and creative sectors.
“We are now looking for applications to become an Artist in Residence at ASC Streatham Hill for two years to create artwork which will be exhibited at the Town Hall and ASC.
“This is an excellent opportunity for local artists and innovators to focus on their work without the uncertainty that often comes from securing studio space, while cementing Lambeth’s place as a centre for creativity.”
The Future Workspace Fund was set up last year to enable at least 144,000sqft new affordable workspace over the next five years which will benefit around 640 businesses and support a further 1,900 sustainable jobs in our priority sectors by 2025.
ASC currently has three sites in Lambeth that support 342 artists – but the charity will lose two workspaces over the coming years.
The £200,000 funding from Lambeth Council’s Future Workspace Fund helped ASC safeguard its site at Streatham Hill studio space and the affordable rents they provide here.
It means almost 60 artists will be offered workspace for between 30-50 percent below market rents for the next decade.
Cllr Bennett added: “Lambeth Council has a track record in supporting artists and those in creative fields who contribute so much to the richness of our borough.
“Our long-term strategy is to support these industries by enabling affordable, supportive workspaces for the next generation of creators, artists and innovators.”