New Arts Centre to Open in West Ealing


Affordable space to be offered to around 150 artists in the area


Pitzhanger Manor by Jane Schofield, one of the participating artists

A brand new arts centre is poised to open in West Ealing later this month.

SET Ealing has taken over 25,000 sq ft of former office and retail space and will be launched on 17 March.

Run by a registered charity that is dedicated to supporting and nurturing London’s artist communities, with six centres across the capital, it will aim to provide genuinely affordable workspace at St James House, Broadway.

It believes this is particularly crucial in the post-pandemic climate when the creative economy has been badly affected and those in precarious work have experienced limited support and job losses.

This project aims to support the next generation of artists to continue their practice and to flourish, with the additional benefit of helping to bolster the creative economy.

SET Ealing says that its artists’ workspaces will be some of the most affordable in London, priced at £1.10 per sq ft (psf) all-inclusive (utilities, rates, internet etc.). The centre will host around 150 artists working in variety of disciplines and mediums. Studios will range from 200 sq ft spaces
for £220 per month to 800 sq ft spaces for £880 pcm. There will also be smaller units of 100 sq ft for £150 pcm.

SET Ealing will house a public arts and educational programme – including a Members’ Programme which features works by SET studio artists from the Ealing centre and other SET centres.

It will also be home to a SET Collective-Residency – a free studio prize for a collective or group with a publicly-engaged practice. The residency winners will be granted the use of 4 rooms totalling 1700 sq ft, located in the glass-fronted former Western Union on West Ealing Broadway high street. The deadline to apply is Monday the 24 March with the winners announced on Monday the 7 April.

They are also looking to hire a new part time (3 days a week) Assistant Studios Manager who will oversee SET Ealing.

Studio viewings will take place every second Thursday from 17 March from 4pm – 7.30pm. You can book a viewing here.

For more information, to register interest or submit to the SET Collective-Residency prize, go to www.setspace.uk/ealing. Any further questions can be answered via email at: ealing@setspace.uk.

Founded in 2016, SET is a multifaceted arts and community organisation which is supported through the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund.

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March 3, 2022