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Somerset House Studios is an experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios offer space and support to artists pushing bold ideas, engaging with urgent issues and pioneering new technologies. It is also a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaborations. Up to 100 artists are resident at any one time and are supported to develop their practice for a defined period.

For the first time we are opening applications to Studio 48, a shared workspace within The Studios for individuals and groups working critically at the intersection of design and technology. This has traditionally been selected by invitation only.

The spaces currently available can be broken down into 5 categories. As a heritage building, the spaces vary, and the images below are representational of the type of space available. Please note the price relates to the size of the space, with the largest being the most expensive.

Applications are now open for the following studio spaces:

Large Single Occupancy Studio (£625.00 + VAT)

Shared Vault Floor– Vault 5
Lower Floor Split 50/50 – (£400.00 + VAT per month)

Vault Floor -  Lower Vault 15
1 floor vault (£547.00 +VAT per month)

Whole Vault  – Vault 10
Vault - upper and lower floors (£1590.00 + VAT per month) 1 floor vault (£795.00 +VAT per month)

Whole Vault – Vault 8  
Vault - upper and lower floors (£1716.00 + VAT per month) 1 floor vault (£858.00 +VAT per month)

Studio 48 is a shared workspace within The Studios for individuals and groups working critically at the intersection of design and technology. This has traditionally been selected by invitation only and it is the first time we have opened applications for this space.

*NEW OFFER* Studio 48 - Block C & D
1 Large Bank of Desks (two blocks / 8 desks at £1100.00 +VAT per month)

1 Small Bank of Desks (one block / 4 desks from £557.97 +VAT per month)

Individual Desk (from £189.00+VAT)

More details on the spaces are available here. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to view the spaces and discuss their application following this date.


  • Application Deadline – 23.59 on Sunday 18 August 2019
  • Meetings with shortlisted applicants and space viewings from the 26 August 2019
  • Studio offers week commencing 02 September 2019
  • Resident start date: 01 October 2019 - Studios M12, Vault 5, Vault 8, Vault 15
  • Resident start date: 01 November 2019 | Studio 48 and Vault 10
  • Available Now – Vault 5

    Please note that if your application is successful, you will be offered a studio or desk space and issued with an agreement and details for how to pay a deposit of £200 inc. VAT or 1 months’ rent inc. VAT (whichever is the greater sum). In order to secure your studio space, you must return a signed agreement along with proof of your deposit payment within 7 days of receipt of your offer.

    Studio spaces will be available to occupy from 01 October/ November 2019 although Shared Vault Floor– Vault 5 may be available sooner. By applying, it is assumed that you are available to take up the space from 1st day of the month it is available.

    We will endeavour to let people know as soon as possible whether their application has been successful or not. Please note that due to anticipated volume of applications, we will not be able to offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Somerset House Studios is devised for artists who are pushing bold ideas, engaging with urgent issues, pioneering new technologies, and are fully committed to exploring the potential afforded by making work within a highly selective multi-disciplinary community that feeds a public programme. Applications are welcome across all disciplines including but not limited to visual art, music and composition, performance, dance and live art, fiction and non-fiction writers, fashion, film and those working at the intersection of art and technology.  The overall balance of artists is an important factor in selecting new residents.

Applications are welcome from artists who meet the above criteria and in addition:

  • Make their primary living from their practice
  • Are willing to share their practice with a community of peers
  • Can demonstrate that their practice will benefit from being part of a cross disciplinary creative community
  • Are over 18 years of age (there is no age maximum)
  • Applications are welcome from overseas artists but Somerset House Studios must be their primary place of work
  • Have carefully read the Application Guidelines and the specification for the specific studio they are applying for, and understand that their practice can be accommodated by Somerset House Studios

    Eligible artists may apply for a space at Somerset House Studios for a period of up to 2.5 years. The duration proposed should relate to a planned period of activity for the artist around their own aims and objectives, which will be reviewed during the residency period.


  • Dedicated studio or desk space at Somerset House Studios from 1 to 2.5 years with 24 hour access 
  • Internet, cleaning, electricity, heating charges, water charges and building insurance (not content insurance)
  • Your profile on the Somerset House website
  • A Somerset House Studios postal address
  • Access to social spaces which include games rooms, kitchen, residents café/bar and screening facilities
  • Access to development opportunities within the Somerset House Studios community
  • Opportunities to attend and initiate community events and socials
  • Access to free private meeting room space (subject to availability)
  • Access to larger project spaces including rehearsal space with sprung floor and recording studio at subsidised artist rates
  • Access to private event space at Somerset House at subsidised artist rates
  • Access to Makerversity workshops and facilities at subsidised artist rates
  • Discounts across the Somerset House site including cafés, restaurants and shops

Somerset House Trust is an equal opportunity organisation. We celebrate diversity in the Studios and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all residents. In order to improve and help uphold this policy can we ask you to take a few minutes to complete the Equal Opportunity Survey that will appear at the end of your application.

This questionnaire is anonymous and held separate to your application. Collecting this data allows us to monitor and improve the diversity of our community.

Maintaining the confidentiality of your personal information is of utmost concern to us. This information will be held in confidence on our system and will only be used for the purpose of developing equal opportunity and diversity policies for the organisation.