I've been working with Pool Arts to secure new studio space. The model will be a self contained space where Pool Arts members will have free access to an open studio, whilst associate artists will pay for contained spaces for their exclusive use. Hopefully this will be a sustainable model.
We await to hear about an Arts council bid to support the project......you never know - this could be the start of a great collaboration with artists from diverse organisations.
Had an interesting discussion with artists in Manchester at openings last night at Penthouse and HOME about future developments - artists in the city need to OWN space. Instead of lining the pockets of landlords and having to move on at a whim.