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London’s Studio Voltaire Announces Expansion Plans

Studio Voltaire, the UK-based nonprofit known for championing emerging and underrepresented artists through commissions and other programming, has announced that it is planning a major expansion project. The venue, which provides affordable on-site studios to more than forty-five artists, is planning to add more work spaces for artists, room for educational initiatives, a garden, and a café. It will also renovate its existing galleries.

The London-based architectural firm Matheson Whiteley will lead the nearly $3 million project, which will provide 42 percent more studio space for artists. It will also create units where visiting artists and curators can temporarily be housed. Once the overhaul of Studio Voltaire is completed, the organization will launch its new Associates Program, which will award ten artists free studios for two years and will provide them with professional development and mentoring services, as well as other resources.

Located in Clapham in South London, Studio Voltaire will close its doors to the public for a period of twelve months, beginning in the fall of 2019. During this time, the nonprofit will present a series of off-site commissions and other programs. More than $1 million have already been raised for the project, including nearly $650,000 from the mayor of London’s Strategic Investment Fund and $385,000 from the Arts Council England’s Small Capital Fund.

Commenting on the expansion, Joe Scotland, director of Studio Voltaire, said: “This project offers an unprecedented opportunity for Studio Voltaire to transform the ways in which we engage with our local and international audiences. The new design will unlock the full potential of our site, completely changing how you experience the building, which will become a more welcoming, porous and engaging public space.”