Save Aire Place Studios

by aire-place-studios in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £4,106

raised so far



Help keep our safe space secure for all our members - by supporting a vast array of creative freelancers from diverse backgrounds.

by aire-place-studios in Leeds, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 30th April 2020 we'd raised £4,020 with 89 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Due to public health recommendations regarding COVID-19 we have had to cancel events, workshops and exhibitions that were planned to go ahead in April meaning losses of up to £5000. The income from these events is what allows Aire Place Studios to pay our rent and bills.

Due to recent guidelines from the government, we have had to close APS completely even to our studio members now. This has had a huge impact on many of our members who work from APS and require us to be open to allow their business to function. The financial implications this will have on our studio will also hit us hard over the coming weeks/months. In more detail, a number of studio membership contracts have had to come to an end. While we are being advised to self isolate and follow guidelines of social distancing, it will be highly unlikely these spaces are filled again, meaning more financial loss and more creative business lost and not able to access the regular support they receive from APS. 

Because of the uncertainty of the upcoming months, and whether we will have to cancel events beyond April we are asking for help to keep Aire Place Studios running for 3 months.

 Over winter we go through our low season, with April marking the start of our peak season. Without our standard events, exhibitions, workshops starting in April our winter reserves will soon run out.  With added pressure of empty studios we are at financial risk of having no leeway to take strain. 

 The money will be used to: 

·      Help keep our safe space secure for our members. 

·    Help keep our Fareshare full! Our Fareshare box contains food and basics for our studios members who encounter harder times, or even if they have forgotten their pack lunch to keep them fed. These are often donated by other studios member and stocked up by the board.

·      Allow us the freedom to offer any more vulnerable or affected members subsidies or rent free periods.

·      Cover payment for staff – currently all our staff are freelance with no sick pay and no back up if work is cancelled.

·     Cover our rent, bills and any necessary repairs on our buildings.

Aire Place Studios is a predominantly volunteer and member led creative studio / Community Interest Company, which focuses on using any profit for a purpose. APS offers low cost workspaces and runs a community Hub which focuses on giving a platform to artists and creatives who wouldn’t traditionally have had such opportunities due to barriers including lack of funds and/or confidence, mental illness, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.

 We are not just a company, we are a community - made up of 50 members including artists, musicians, writers, and small business owners who use our studios as their workspace day to day. 

As most of our members work freelance in their creative fields, they rely on our space being open for them to work in order to generate an income, as well as income from events – which are being cancelled.  

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This project offered rewards

£10 or more

£10 Donation or less or more!

Spare us a tenner to help a business and freelancers you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£1 or more

Random selection mysterious occassion cards

Mysterious Single card for an occasion but what will you get? From studio member Pls message if there is something you wouldn't want!

£8 or more

Double Face Face Masks by Ketchup Clothes

Made and distributed to key workers, waste removal staff and vulnerable members of the community already, Ketchup Clothes' double faced face masks have been made from recycled materials and include a pocket to insert a non woven material (see website). Research indicates that whilst handmade masks do not offer the same level of protection as standard PPE they are being seen as a key element in helping to minimise the spread of airborne droplets.

£15 or more

Ticket to Post Cover-19 Shindig Celebration

Pledge £15 today and we'll reward you with an invite you to a post COVID-19 shindig! This will be some form of music, art and community wonder. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£15 or more

Set of 5 animal Illustration postcards

Set of 5 animal illustration postcards from studio member. @Skeletonotes on Instagram and facebook

£20 or more

20 minute singing lesson

20 min singing lesson with Jordan Hodson Vocal Coach and who is am professional vocal coach based at the studios, helping students of all ages to develop their vocal ability.

£25 or more

Original Art by Jon Eland

“The mountains are alive with the sound of TNT”. Hand embroidery onto magazine page (Positive News, Jan’19 - 269mm x 208mm (10.5” x 8.25”). This piece responds to an article about the fight back of the local community against the environmental damage being created in the Carrara area of Italy.

£45 or more

Bespoke A4 Pet Portrait

Our amazing board or director and amazing Chloe Kutkus M orton will paint you a contemporary illustrations which capture your Pet's character. Each portrait is hand-painted and completely original! Created using Gouache and Indian Ink

£50 or more

Creative Cafe Evening edition! Workshop & Sparkles

Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with an invite to special evening edition of our creative cafe with a glass of sparkles and a workshop! PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£50 or more

Subconscious Landscape Painting by Krzysztof

Pledge now for 1 of 2 Subconscious Landscape Paintings by artist, Krzysztof Wojtkiewicz. PLEDGE NOW>CLAIM LATER

£20 or more

Digital Portrait by MollyPuke!

Digital Portrait by MollyPuke! You’ll also receive a complementary digital portrait of yourself created my our fantastically talented MollyPukes.

£25 or more

Handmade bespoke wooden pen

A one off handmade pen made from reclaimed Yew from Cumbria. Finished with a gun bolt action catch. Made by Ally who is one of our board of directors and wood turning pro. PLEDGE NOW-CLAIM LATER

£40 or more

Handmade silver ring

Hand made silver ring by Studio member. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£250 or more

Original Art

Pledge £250 today and we will reward you with an original peice art to hang on your wall by one of our exhibiting artist!

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