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High House Production Park open days for artists’ studios

  • Date: 26 February 2013
  • Area: South East
planned look of studios

39 studio spaces will be made available to fine art practitioners in June. Credit: Hat Projects, 2012

High House Production Park is working in partnership with studio development specialists Acme Studios and an emerging Essex-based architectural company to provide state-of-the-art and low-cost studio space for artists.

The studios are open to anyone working in fine art practice and a series of open days will allow interested artists to visit the Park and meet with members of Acme staff. These will be held in the Cart Shed at High House Production Park on Friday 22 March, Saturday 20 April and Friday 24 May from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

High House Artists’ Studios provides affordable studio space in an area with few facilities for artists. Prices start as low as £88 per month and will be of interest to artists based in Thurrock and further afield such as Chelmsford and Maidstone. It is part funded by Arts Council England as part of their Capital programme.

The building is located at High House Production Park and construction is set to be completed by June. Acme Studios provided a detailed design brief based on their experience of developing studios and recent research. This fed into the overall design by Colchester-based architects HAT Projects, who recently completed the award-winning Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

Once completed, the three-storey studio building will boast 39 studio spaces, available in a range of sizes with the largest at over 1,600 feet with 4 metre high ceilings. In addition, there is excellent natural light in all spaces, internet and good vehicle access and parking.

Arts Council England part-funded High House Production Park which opened in 2010 and involved the restoration of many Grade II listed farm buildings.

The site includes The Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop, which opened in 2011, and is home to Covent Garden’s internationally acclaimed set building and scenic artists’ teams. All the sets and scenery for the world famous Covent Garden stage are created in the state-of-the-art workshop.

National Skills Academy, an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, moved into a space at High House Production Park in 2012 providing a creative and cultural Backstage Training Centre. It is the first centre built specifically for developing offstage and backstage skills and training in England and exposes learners to top level, world-class technical theatre, as well as live music bands and industry professionals.

Acme Studios, also an Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, specialises in developing and managing affordable studios for artists. It supports over 600 artists and manages 477 studios in 12 buildings in London, offering a wide range of high-quality, long-term and professionally-managed spaces including permanent new-build studios.

Acme Studios’ Chief Executive Jonathan Harvey explains:
‘The concentration of high-quality creative activity on one site will enable exciting collaboration and working across artforms. It’s a fantastic location for such a carefully thought-out building which maximizes the benefits to artists whilst keeping the rent at an affordable level.’

How to apply

Further information about the open days and online registration for the studios are available on the Acme Studios’ website – www.acme.org.uk/studios/highhouse