Arts organisation Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA) has announced a deal to provide affordable studio space for artists, makers and designers in Wembley Park.
SFSA, who were established in 1997, will take over and run 6,300 sq ft of collective affordable studio space – the first of its kind in Wembley Park. The deal has been delivered through a partnership with Quintain and supported by Brent Council, who are providing grant funding for the fit-out of the studios through the GLA’s New Homes Bonus funding programme. It will see 26 new studios offered, providing, hopes the council, long term affordable employment space for artists, makers and designers. The first studios will be rented out and occupied from November 2017.
This deal marks the first venture for SFSA in West London and aims to tackle the shortage of space available to the arts community at affordable rates, in well managed facilities and marks a major investment in the arts for Brent.
As well as providing affordable studios Second Floor will also be delivering a range of educational and outreach programmes, including workshops and exhibitions, providing long-term partnerships and opportunities for the local community.
The new studios will be located on the ground floor of some of the new homes being built in Wembley Park which is seeing the fastest housing delivery of any site in the UK. There will be 3,000 homes under construction by the end of this year and in total planning permission has already been secured for 7,000 homes.
Councillor Shama Tatler, Lead Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills at Brent Council, said: “There is significant demand for artist space across London and the Council is delighted to be able to fund the fit-out of the studios, helping to provide a long term, affordable home for a range of creative entrepreneurs. The studios will support small businesses, contribute to the local economy and add vibrancy to the area.”
Seaking about the move to Wembley Park, Nichole Herbert Wood, Second Floor Studios & Arts, said: “We are very much looking forward to establishing a creative community that supports and inspires both the studio members and the wider local residents. These spaces mark the start of a wider roll-out of opportunities and projects in Wembley Park, and we are really looking forward to getting started”.
Speaking about the partnership, James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer of Quintain, said: “Wembley Park is fast becoming a location of choice for businesses big and small and we’re looking forward to reaching out to the creative sector to add to this mix.”