Info & How to Apply

Artist Studios in East London

We lease commercial buildings which we then convert to accommodate and provide affordable artist studios. Revenue from the studios generates the core funding stream to programme contemporary art exhibitions, events and education projects in our gallery space located at our HQ site in Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green. The studios were founded in 1999 and subsequently the organisation formed a charity, Cell Foundation. Since then we have continued to produce and protect studios for fine art practice in East London, with an aim to seed and nurture creative communities within our buildings. With the ever increasing climate of economic growth and development in the city, our mission is to protect creative workspace for artists at affordable prices. 
We provide secure fixed licences for individual studios, which are managed and serviced with communal services and additional running water rinse stations. Each artist studio has its own contained electrical ring-main and supply, several 2 gang sockets and fluorescent lighting as standard. All of our buildings are also supplied with ISP Optimity ( 250mbs down / 100mbs up speeds ) high speed wi-fi, included in the rental cost. The rent you pay also includes business and water rates, service charges, management fees, the cleaning of communal areas, refuse collection and general maintenance. Electricity is typically charged to tenants on a quarterly basis for individual metered consumption.
We are committed to providing studios for fine art practitioners; this includes painters, sculptors, photographers, performance media, film and video makers, ie; non-commercial practices. However within our Arcola Street and Arcola Northside sites in Dalston we have extended our provision to textile, fashion, graphic design, media, production and architecture offering higher spec facilities for more tech-professional practices. If you require a space for a short term project please visit Location Hire on our website, where we have short term artist studios inside our Hackney Wick building. These spaces can be hired for a minimum of one day.
Our organisation does not charge a registration fee to apply. We do not keep long waiting lists, aware that there is high demand in East London and immediate availability is what most people are looking for.
Studio applications must be made via email. To apply please send the following:
  1. Send a recent curriculum vitae and/ or website link
  2. Your full name, address and contact details, including mobile number
  3. A brief description of your workspace needs and your preferred Cell Studio site, visit Studios
If you are eligible for a studio we will send you our most recent availability list. Please note we cannot process studio inquiries on the phone until we have received the above.
For more information about each site and locations please visit our Studios pages on our website