100 Artist & Makers / 100 Pieces of work / 100 Buyers2017 will see Second Floor Studios & Arts (SFSA)
celebrating its 20th year of providing affordable* studios for artists, craft and designer makers. Since its establishment in 1997 SFSA have supported thousands of practitioners with that most crucial element needed in which to develop their
creative ideas, studio space. The individual space needed to research, experiment and make work. But SFSA is far more than the physical studio offered, it’s a community of members, a vibrant hub of creative exchange, collaboration, peer support,
mentoring, education and outreach.
The continuing pressures of the commercial and residential property market, recent government changes leading to liberalisation of planning regulations, and the lack of long-term building leases being offered that our sector can realistically afford are
all having a flattening effect on the provision of affordable studio workspace for artists and makers in the capital.
It’s now time for a strategic change. For SFSA to hold and own property for use as permanent affordable studio space. To secure our own buildings, no longer under threat due to short-term leases with landlords considering more profitable uses of property
assets. Creating perpetuity in what we do, securing low-cost space for artist now and for generations to come, and bolstering a resilient future for SFSA.
The change has already begun and we have exchanged contracts on the purchase of a 250 year leasehold on 30,000 sq ft of commercial property as part of the Anthology
Deptford Foundry residential development. We will be fitting out the commercial space into 80 purpose built ground and first floor studios, opening Spring 2018.
Buying property in London and fitting it is out is expensive. We are resourceful, we have already secured £63,000 from private crowd funding and an investment loan from the Arts Impact Fund. But we need to raise a further £250,000 to get us over the line.
Artist Taking Action
We have asked the artists and makers who we advocate for and for whom we provide space to support us in our fundraising. Their response has been overwhelming and we are presenting this body of work, known as Three100 for sale from the 27th of February to pre-registered
buyers and from 28th February for the general public.
Register your interest for a PDF Catalogue with firstname.lastname@example.org
*affordable – SFSA’s outlook is to charge £15.50/sq ft for ground floor spaces and £14.50/sq ft for first floor in 2018. There are other studio providers currently charging in excess of £30 per sq ft per annum. This amount is far beyond the reach
of the most practitioners. GLA survey Artists’ Workspace Study Sept 2014 reported average studio rents to be
£13.73 for the capital.