graduate workspace


Claudine O'Sullivan in her studio, Image courtesy of Lewis Khan

Workspaces for recent graduates

Who we're for?

  • Graduates from any course in the last 3 years. 

  • Graduates working in any creative field for example but not limited to: fine arts, designer makers, technology, film & media and start-up creative businesses.

the spaces

  • Type: We have spaces for 'noisy & messy' & 'quiet & clean' work.

  • Flexible Workspace on the mezzanine level of Arch's 3 & 4.Flexible workspaces have a foldable front wall so you can choose to work in a semi-open plan environment or have the privacy of an individual studio. Each space is lockable.

  • Individual Workspaces on the ground floor of Arch's 3 & 4. Each space is lockable. 

  • Price: all £60 per week/£260.00 per month + VAT

  • Plus: Electricity usage charged additionally

  • Sharing: Each space can be shared with two people.


  • Access: 24 - hour, 7 days a week

  • High Speed Internet Connection.

  • Shared wash out sinks (Arch's 3&4)

  • Shared kitchen (Arch's 3&4)


  • FREE professional development support through our Creative Enterprise Program.
  • Exhibition & Showcase Opportunities.

  • Members rates in the Cafe.

  • Members rates for hiring the public space.


the program

The creative enterprise Program

The Creative Enterprise Program is a key part of our offer at Spare Street. The focused of this program is to support recent graduates, and creative startups to establish and grow their businesses

the 2016/2017 program 

Examples of the 2016/2017 program included: 


  • An introduction to entrepreneurship with Alan Hopley 
  • IP Quest with Ben Williams
  • How to sell your art with Jenny Judova
  • Launching a business from a market stall with Sinead Koehler 
  • How to work with museums with Jenny Judova 
  • What artists & creature entrepreuners need to know to fundraising successfully with Carolyn McDonald
  • Raising you profile, social media & marketing with Rosalind Davies
  • Staying motivated as a creative entrepreneurs with Gemma McGrath


  • Five linked workshops delivered by Patricia Van Den Akker from the Design Trust, taking user from Juicy goal setting to Pricing your work and Routes to market.



    Patricia delivers practical, inspirational expert training for a wide range of creative business support organisations, businesses and universities across the UK and abroad.  

    She works with audiences who want to learn how to start & run their own design or craft business, and include design & craft graduates and alumni, startups, creative and social entrepreneurs, mumpreneurs and highly experienced creatives, organisations and policy makers.

    She has worked with 100s of small creative businesses in the last 15 years, and is an expert in creative business development, planning, business models, marketing and selling.


    Rosalind Davis is an artist, curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003).  Davis is the permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery and her exhibitions (Complicity and Telling Tales) at the Collyer Bristow Gallery have both been reviewed by Art Top 10; ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’ 

    Davis is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books is available in the UK and internationally.

    Davis lectures at universities, galleries and arts organisations across the country including the Royal College of Art, ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and Artquest.

    She teaches workshops and creative workshops across the country as well as short courses in social media marketing and arts management at UAL.

small commissioning program 

Our very first Small Commissioning Program was a huge success! We had over 40 applications, all of a very high standard. We commissioned six new works from recent graduates spanning sculpture, video, performance, textiles, interactive event and mixed media with neon attachments! The successful applicants received £500 towards create the work, which was exhibited at Spare Street. Please see the slideshow for images of the work. 

Successful Artists:

  • Jules Varnedoe
  • Tanya Fryer
  • Tim Alexander
  • Valerie Savchits
  • Karolina Magnusson & Leon Platt
  • Anthi Kougia & Mafalda Jacinto

Many thanks to Southwark Council, who provided funding for the 2016/17 program through their Arts Grants fund.