Artist Hive Studios has been hugely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Resident artists have lost their part-time / full-time jobs which supports their studio rent so the future of the studio is at risk. Art classes, workshops and open studios that were scheduled have all been cancelled due to the lockdown, so this essential income has also been lost.
Artist Hive Studios was opened in September 2019 after a 3 month refurbishment which saw a derelict warehouse brought back into use. Based in Edmonton, Enfield we had started to establish ourselves as a local arts hub before the lockdown; providing art classes and workshops. Even though our studio has only been established for 8 months we have already been on local community boards, helping to promote creativity and progress in the local area.
The space is ran by artists for artists. Before the lockdown we had 13 artists working out of 12 studios however without their rent we won't survive.
We are therefore looking at ways to support the studio throughout the COVID-19 crisis and would like to offer places on future art classes or workshops through the Pay it Forward scheme.
We believe in the importance of creativity and as a way of offering something during these times we started a #StayHomeGetCreative campaign on our website and Instagram. Free art classes and workshops for kids and adults.