Securing a future at Studio 18

by Studio 18 Stroud in Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

£940

raised so far

17

supporters

To raise money to help staff the project, help to pay over heads and make much needed improvements to the building and internal spaces.

by Studio 18 Stroud in Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 11th February 2022 we'd raised £900 with 16 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Calling all associates, participants, lovers of Studio 18, the community at large, dog walkers and cultural seekers alike. 

We’ve had a real run at the Studios and continue to do so, producing some incredible moments, flying by the seat of our pants and bringing everyone along who dared to come on board. Studio 18 has proved to be a truly versatile, inclusive and creative hotbed of happenings. No one that has entered through the Lock Stock-esque gates has left disappointed. 

Through Lockdown, we kept the creative spirit that flows through each one of us alive, spring boarding young creatives and eager minds. Encouraging the artistic self within those people and hopefully passing on the sense that all is possible with a paint brush, an idea and a whole lot of tenacity. We’ve magicked-up inclusive exhibitions, awesome projects and even outdoor interactive installations, bringing joy and colour to the otherwise dreary and industrial London Road through the regeneration of its rundown bus stops. Our latest show ‘Spaces Places Faces’ proved once again, there is an Artist in all of us, if we so choose. 

On another tack, Studio 18 is evolving into a kind of alternative art school with mentors and mentees working closely with groups to facilitate projects like the ‘Art Camp’. Designed and run by artist Alice Sheppard Fiddler, funded by Stroud District Council, it provides creative experiences for our young people. Life drawing sessions have been led by the beloved master of the arts Jake Pond and photographer extraordinaire Nikoletta Monyok, rewiring synapses on the way and Anarchy Arts have discovered and unravelled your creative meanderings. 

We've created employment opportunities through the Kickstarter fund, giving invaluable work experience to under 25s and are currently in development with Stroud College to provide essential, real time work experience to their students. 

All this has been achieved through the strangest of times. It's almost comical the adversity that so many have faced in order to keep our small businesses alive and it’s no less true for Studio 18, a truly independent space with no real product to sell except that which probably counts most; the potential to make and to inspire, to teach and to learn. 

However, due to the last couple of years, the Studios has not been able to operate at full potential but have continued, still having to pay the hilly bills.

To keep this lofty cathedral of the Arts providing the sanctuary for the pervasive and undulating creative Anthropos that is us, we have developed a wide variety of incentives in order for you to invest in your rag tag, delightful and hardworking creative institute. In doing so, you are playing an absolutely crucial role in helping to realize what the studio is fast becoming. You will be securing the many wonderful projects and mind-bending experiences we have in store. 

To mention just a few, the long established Band Camp is coming to Studio 18 in April, the third year of the Under 25s open, Studio 18 open call out, the ongoing Film Project, Art Camp and the upcoming film festival which, oh my!, do we have a treat in store for that. 

New groups like the Horsebox and Radio Groogdok have recently come on board as well as long term studio residents, Lensmen, who have some big surprises planned for next year's horizon. 

None of this will happen though, without the support of the community that Studio 18 supports so diligently. Every penny counts. I never really planned for this journey, but I did follow a clear and heartfelt creative intention. Seeing the joy, the happy faces, the opening of communications, the spark of ideas and the general connectivity that has come through the doors, it's hard not to go that extra mile and overly commit, regardless. It's too late now, the dragon has a hold, and rightly so. We need spaces like this that traverse the differences that delude us, spaces that hold fast in times of worry and just simply give, connect, and bring happiness. Get on board, let's cultivate and see how far this ship sails. Studio 18 not only wants you but needs you. You are very, very welcome.

Things that we will put the money towards include:

  • Keeping staff on board
  • Improving accessibility
    • Improving our toilet facilities and installing an accessible toilet
    • Clearing space outside and creating some parking, which will include skip hire costs
  • Continual improvements to the space
    • developing the mezzanine space
    • improving the electricity access in the building - adding more power points
    • fixing the drafty windows
    • finishing-off the internal studio spaces to be rented out
    • installing proper heating
    • adding more insulation
    • installing more lighting
  • Developing and adding to the range of facilities that Studio 18 can offer
    • Create an outdoors space for sculpture and stone-work
    • Set up our kiln and pottery wheel and start our very own ceramics studio here within Studio 18
  • Paying overheads, electricity and water bills, as well as rent and the business rates

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£1,500 or more

Portrait commission by Zachary Walsh

By donating £1500 to help keep Studio 18 alive and running you will be able to commission Zachary Walsh to paint a portrait, roughly up to A1 size, or 85x60cm. This will include 1 or 2 studio sittings for the artist to meet the person they're painting. The portrait cannot be done from photographs provided by you. Please go to our website to find out more https://www.realartsandmedia.com/studio-18

£10 or more

Free Entry to an Event of Your Choice at Studio 18

If you donate £10 now to help keep us open during this period of financial insecurity, you will have the opportunity to attend any future Studio 18 evening event for free* *where the ticket price is up to £15 Valid for 6 months from date of donation. For full T&Cs please visit the Crowdfunder page on our website.

£20 or more

30% off Future Workshops

If you donate £20 to help keep Studio 18 going then we will offer you a 30% discount on one workshop session at Studio 18.* *For full T&Cs please visit the Crowdfunder page on our website.

£50 or more

Drawing by Zachary Walsh

If you donate £50 you will receive an A4 abstract drawing by Zachary Walsh of your choice* *from the options still available Please go to the Crowdfunder page on our website to view the available drawings, for more information, and to read the full T&Cs. Also, please feel free to contact us for more information: [email protected]

£200 or more

Small Painting By Zachary Walsh

If you donate £200 you will receive a small abstract painting by Zachary Walsh of your choice* *from the options still available - feel free to contact us for more information: [email protected]

£250 or more

Venue Hire for a Private Party

Hire Studio 18 for a private event. £250 includes hiring of the venue for one night between 6pm and 1am, plus one member of staff. Please get in touch if you have any questions about this reward: [email protected]

£1,000 or more

Large Abstract Painting 1

Zachary Walsh has donated a selection of his works in order to help support the ongoing running of Studio 18. For a donation of £1000 to Studio 18 you will receive large (122x122cm) abstract painting by Zachary Walsh, and know that you've made a massive difference to help us keep Studio 18 doing important work, supporting artists and members of the community to reach their full potential. For T&Cs visit the Crowdfunder page on Studio 18's website

£1,500 or more

Large Opera Figure Painting 1 by Zachary Walsh

For a donation of £1500 to Studio 18 you will receive large Opera Figure painting by Zachary Walsh, and know that you've made a massive difference to help us keep Studio 18 doing the important work, supporting artists and members of the community to reach their full potential. Please go to the Crowdfunder page on our website to view the available paintings, for more information, and to read the full T&Cs.

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