Archive Resources

Browse NFASP's range of resources, including guidance on areas such as business rates, selecting artists' and health and safety, to case studies on developing artists' studios and facts about the studios sector. Access to the website is free.

Setting up artists' studios

Investing in Creative Communities: Artists' Studios and the Housing Sector, NFASP Guidance 2014

This guide is designed to help local authorities and developers understand how artists’ studios can be a welcome addition to housing developments.

Artist Beatrice Boyle in ACAVA's Parkham Street Studios
Investing in Creative Communities: Work-Live Artists' Studios as facilitators of creative communities, NFASP Guidance 2014

This guide illustrates how the creation of work-live studios for artists can bring benefits to residential areas and local communities.

WASPS, Glasgow, artists’ studios, creative business and social enterprise office space
Investing in Creative Communities: Financing Artists' Studios, NFASP Guidance 2014

This guide looks at the key financial considerations of developing and managing artists’ studios.

Investing in Creative Communities: Renovating Buildings for Artists' Studios, NFASP Guidance 2014

This guide is designed to help local authorities and developers understand how affordable artists’ studios present an ideal solution to the challenge of dealing with empty buildings.

A performative screening at Auto Italia: It’s Like Staring Someone Out Who’s Not Even Looking at You  by Kate Cooper, Leslie Kulesh and Jess Wiesner
Auto Italia South East: From Graduate to Revenue Client: A Journey

In this NFASP case study, we look at a model that has production and collaboration at its core, occupying buildings on a temporary basis as the needs of their practice demand to produce, show and discuss work.

Finding the right premises
Finding the Right Premises, NFASP Guidance 2011

This guidance is aimed at artists who want to find studio premises and covers some of the basic topics to consider before settling on a building. This resource is available to download to non-members, too.

Legal structures: governance fit for purpose, NFASP guidance, 2008

The pros and cons of various legal structures for studio organisations and the impact of the Charities Act 2006. Solicitor Nicholas Sharp prepared this presentation for the NFASP 2008 conference.

Manor Oak Studios. Photo: Yorkshire Artspace
Investing in Creative Communities: The Provision of Affordable Artists' Studios, NFASP Guidance 2011

A role for Spatial Planning. A briefing note for planning and regeneration professionals. This guidance offers an insight into how affordable artists' studios contribute to sustainable communities.

Wasps studios in Scotland
Financing creative workspace, NFASP guidance, 2008

This guidance shows how studio providers can seek funding from alternative sources such as funds supporting skills development, regeneration and community activities.They were prepared by Marc Collett as part of a workshop at the NFASP conference in Liverpool in October 2008.

Mushroom Works
Setting up studios: Mushroom Works Studios: need a studio?, NFASP case study, 2007

Buying a building and setting up viable, affordable studio space for yourself and others. Mushroom Works is an artist-led gallery and studio space in Newcastle upon Tyne housing a diverse range of creative practitioners.

Frank To, Wasps Studios
Model Constitutions for studio organisations - Charitable Company, Non-Charitable Company and Community Interest Company (CIC)

NFASP has commissioned Nicholas Sharp, consultant to media solicitors Swan Turton LLP, to prepare three template constitutions (Articles of Association) to help studio groups and organisations that are adopting a legal structure for the first time, and to save groups time and money.

Studio space at Spike Island, Bristol
Companies Act 2006: Guidance for studio organisations, NFASP guidance, 2009 update

Arts solicitor Nicholas Sharp has prepared a guidance note for NFASP members that are limited companies. The note covers the main provisions of the Companies Act 2006, which are in force as at 6 April 2009.

Discussion at an NFASP event
Making your case for public sector investment, NFASP guidance, 2009

Making your case for public sector investment in shared workspaces/studios. This is a summary of a Powerpoint workshop presentation by Deborah Best and Pete Courtie from the NFASP 2009 Conference.

Becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC), NFASP Guidance 2008

A guide for studio organisations on the pros and cons of becoming a Community Interest Company (CIC). Prepared by Solicitor Nicholas Sharp, this seminar paper was presented to the NFASP conference 2008.

Acme’s Copperfield Road building on the Grand Union Canal. Photo: Hugo Glendenning
A guide to securing, supporting and creating affordable studios in London, Acme/Capital, 2006

Artists' Studios: A guide to securing, supporting and creating affordable studios in London is for developers - local authorities, registered social landlords and private sector developers.

Group show Monkeys with Car Keys at A Space in Southampton
Becoming an Organisation with Charitable Status for Artists' Studio Providers

This case study draws on the experience of A Space in Southampton to explain some of the issues and processes associated with setting up your organisation as a charity.

Bow Arts Trust and Poplar HARCA LiveWork artist scheme
The use of temporary spaces as artists' studios, NFASP guidance 2009

A set of guidance notes produced to help both artists, local authorities and regeneration agencies to establish temporary space for artists in communities.

Leases and Licences, NFASP Guidance 2011

Advice on leases and licences for studio providers. Member-only resource.

APT Studios in Deptford, London
Charities Act 2006: guidance for studio organisations, NFASP guidance, May 2010 update

This Guidance is an update of the 2009 Guidance on the Charities Act, including advice from a leading charity law barrister and the recent experience of some NFASP members who have applied for charity status.

Acme studios
Studio Occupancy Policies, NFASP Guidance 2011

Advice on Studio Occupancy Polices. This guide is intended to provide a starting point for thinking about the issues involved in  managing artist tenants and devising an appropriate occupancy policy for your studios. It is aimed at small and medium-sized organisations.