Attendees representing or interested in artists' studios from 11 groups/organisations met for the first time at Seco, Royal William Yard on June 19. These are the notes from that meeting.
Representatives from: Cornwall Development Company, Flameworks, Krowji, Rame Barracks, Ocean Studios, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth University, Borlase Smart John Wells Trust (St Ives & Newlyn), Red Store Studios Lerryn, Teignmouth Art Studios, Devon Artists' Network and West Devon District Council joined NFASP staff to establish the new network and decide how it will work and which topics would be discussed.
The day included a tour of Flameworks Studios, lunch at Seco, Royal William Yard with a preview of the new Ocean Studios site.
Suggested topics for future meetings
After introductions and a short discussion about each studio complex/ organisation each delegate was asked to tell the group what they were hoping to gain from the network:
• Make connections
• Collaborative working, sharing resources
• Publicise studios to a wider audience
• Advertise exhibitions and events
• Building relationships with further education to encourage graduates to stay in
• Profile on new NFASP website
• Advice on:
o how to run artists’ studios
o writing a business plan
o funding applications
o tenancy agreements
o rental rates
o business rates
o artists in residence
o how to set up a CIC
o providing marketing & business support to artists
o common issues e.g. disabled access, how to ask an artist to move studios,
how to implement rent increases, what level of support to offer to tenants
Suggested formats in which to action the above:
• Individual NFASP meetings in the South West will be much more accessible
• Visits to each others studios
• Breakout sessions
• Online forums
Any artist or organisation can become a member of NFASP but this is not a requirement in order to become a member of the South West NFASP Network. NFASP membership fees vary between £30 - £200 depending on whether you are an individual or a small or large organisation. NFASP is also looking into providing an automatic membership for final year students.
(Find out how to join NFASP here)
It was agreed that meetings should be held twice a year, whilst communication via email and online forums will be more regular. Ross Williams and Elisa McLeod offered to hold the next meeting at Krowji in Redruth. Date TBC.