Hypha Studios are open to the public, creating new forms of engagement in the centre of our communities. A condition of being placed in a free studio are the public events that the artist creates to engage local communities.
The public program consists of live music/ exhibitions/ceramic classes/life drawings or other workshops. This is to encourage learning and interest of the public and for the creative's practice to reach a much wider audience. During Covid the studios will have recorded open days and performances. These will be launched on IGTV and other channels.
The type of creatives we support are (including but not limited to) visual artists, curators, musicians, actors, dancers & choreographers. We offer free temporary project space or more permanent studio space to remove the financial obstacles from making work. We also match all placements with a mentor or career development session to widen creative networks and accelerate professional growth and learning.
*We provide the space for free but there is a holding deposit for each site allocated. Currently you will have to cover any materials you might need, but we will support you with marketing your work.
We are reimagining our high streets and engaging local communities by working with councils, architects, developers, shopping centres managers, warehouse owners and commercial landlords all over the country.
Our public program that is led by the creatives we place will generate new footfall and support existing businesses. Just a few of the sites we have confirmed at are in Northampton, Worcester, Leeds, Sheffield, Central and Greater London.
We will put each opportunity out to tender via social media channels so stayed tuned. Our Trustees will decide which projects get matched with each space. For every placement we invite a local cultural institution (where possible) to be part of the selection committee to ensure the selected candidate is most beneficial and interesting to the local community.
If you are an arts organisation that would like to partner with us, from Universities / Museums / Collectives we want to hear from you.
By offering Hypha Studios space you will be supporting your local community, neighbours and high streets. We find that many landlords want to work with us because we are keeping their space alive - bringing activity to the street instead of sites being boarded up. Not to mention it leaving a property vacant is costly, not just for society but also in terms of security and property taxes.
Get in touch with us day or night to discuss your specific requirements. For short term solutions we will curate a specialist art project that works with your space, from the network we have and the applications we receive. For long term solutions we will match you to an artist or creative that will use the space as a more permanent studio. Contact us to find out how we can work together.
To be able to apply, you must be a professional creative, that has graduated from university in a related field. As we do not want to exclude those that have not been to university, we ask to see your portfolio or examples from your professional creative career. Participants can apply as an individual or a group.
Please note that community engagement and learning with the studios is the at the top of our agenda. When making an application for a temporary project space the public program will be crucial to the success of your application. This can be a talk, private view, performance, curator tour - even a life drawing class.
We take our name from the Hypha that form the mycelial network which connects and feeds Fungi. They do not make their own food, but instead have worked out that the most efficient way to survive is to attach themselves to food sources and absorb nutrients, adding new growth in the process to their food hosts. HYPHA STUDIOS recreates this symbiotic relationship.