Artist-led spaces, Advice, Background Information

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 10.33.22

Photograph: Eaststreetarts

Artist-led spaces, Advice, Background Information


Article about setting up and running an artist-led space

There is an established history of artists taking over empty shops –advantages and disadvantages

Artist-led evolution: facing the challenges in uncertain times (AN Magazine)



Empty Shops Network

The Empty Shops Network was started by Revolutionary Arts in 2008 and became part of Dan Thompson Studio in 2015. It encourages prototyping, testing and reinvention of the redundant spaces in the UK’s town centres.


A multi-disciplinary artist-led initiative, formed in early 2011 based in London, engaging with recent graduates, emerging artists & those wishing to re-connect with their practice after a significant period of time, providing a collaborative & supportive environment with respect for individual practice, aspirations and development.


East Street Arts

East Street Arts is a contemporary arts organisation in Leeds. Our mission is to focus on the development of artists through our events programme, membership activities, professional development and studio/facility provision.



Other Case studies:

Apartment was an artist led project and exhibition space in a one-bedroom council flat in a sixties tower block in central Manchester.

artist-led galleries/ interview with Castlefield Gallery


Background Reading:

Claire Bishop: Con-Demmed to the Bleakest of Futures: Report from the UK