Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.
Over 100 resident artists will be supported to develop their practice inside the refurbished spaces of the former Inland Revenue building, responding to the changing ways in which artists are working and the acute rent increases in the capital. The Studios are also home to Makerversity and a number of groups working with critical design and emerging technologies - collectively a dynamic community of over 300 artists, makers and thinkers.
In addition, Somerset House Studios works with a small number of Associate Artists to develop specific projects and ideas for the public programme. Associates are by invitation only.
Somerset House Studios builds on the success of recent projects such as PJ Harvey: Recording In Progress, Big Bang Data and Björk Digital in redefining the cultural centre as a place where cross-disciplinary work is imagined, made and presented.
Applications are now open to recruit up to 25 new artist residents to join the community. Artists may apply to occupy a studio for a fixed period, with rents capped by Somerset House in order to keep them low. The Studios will also offer residents a growing programme of development, employment and commissioning opportunities, alongside the opportunity to present work within its curated public programme.