Supporting places of work: artists' workspace
Cultural Metropolis, the Mayor's draft cultural strategy for 2012 and beyond, makes a clear link between London's position as a world city and its global status as a centre for culture and the creative industries. While strategic and popular attention has been lavished on the creative industries, artists are often overlooked as, at first glance, the economic contribution from the artistic sector is relatively modest. However, artists' workspaces not only provide valuable places of work, they also contribute to the character of an area, with many studios becoming heavily engaged in community outreach, skills training and organising events.
The GLA Culture and Regeneration teams commissioned an audit of the current supply for London's artists workspaces by 'We Made That' in March 2014 and have subsequently refined the work in collaboration with a steering group made up of a selection of key providers including a number of detailed case studies showing how new spaces can be established.
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