The National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers (NFASP) was established in 2007 as the professional membership body for all those engaged in developing and managing affordable studios for artists in the UK.
Its mission was to secure, improve and increase affordable studio provision in the UK - we believe that affordable studio providers are key to the development, success and vibrancy of the arts by providing low-cost studio space to artists, who are generally on low incomes.
We pursued this mission by providing a range of advice and support to members and non-members and by campaigning to raise awareness of the sector at local and national level.
The Federation operated with revenue support from Arts Council England until 2012 when its core funding ceased and the professional staff team was gradually wound down after that.
It now operates on a wholly voluntary basis and this website is being maintained as a static resource for the sector.
The sector is large and diverse - from small artist-led groups to large studio providers managing property portfolios. The 2010 NFASP survey showed that there were 144 studio organisations managing 252 buildings and providing 5,450 studios for 7,250 artists in the UK; we believe the numbers will have grown since then although the sector continues to face the usual challenges from development pressures, especially in some cities.
If you are a studio group or a provider, an artist, developer, local authority or housing association - or anyone with an interest in developing studios for artists - this website can offer you advice, guidance and access to resources and networks.
We no longer maintain a register of members and all resources on this site are now freely available.
Contact details for NFASP representatives are on the ‘Our Advisory Service’ page.
Find out more about NFASP campaigns.
Find information about the Affordable Artists' Studios sector.