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Apply for the studio space

The space has now been filled for 2024. Please stay in touch for future opportunities. 



An exciting new project has been initiated in the rural village of East Harptree, located in the heart of the Chew Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty.


What is the Arts Hub at East Harptree?  

The Arts Hub at East Harptree is a project conceived by village volunteers, and makes use of a newly available space upstairs at East Harptree village hall. The Arts Hub will support two artists in the form of free studio space for a year from January 2024, and at the same time encourage and facilitate engagement between them and the local community, especially those who would not normally have access to the arts.  


The Arts Hub is funded by community infrastructure levy money granted by the Parish Council.  




There are two sides to the support we are offering. 



The newly founded Arts Hub at East Harptree is looking for two artists to be in residence in our village, where they will have access to a large, light space as their working studios, rent-free.  



In return for the space the two artists will engage with the local community and local community groups over the course of one year, offering workshops, exhibitions or other outreach work with members of the public. We envisage that there will be around 6-12 small to medium events in total, but the exact nature of these and the number, will be flexible. An arts administrator is being recruited part time to offer support to the two artists and their work within the community (Interested in this? Apply here.)


About you 

We see this as an opportunity for an artist in any medium (including theatre, dance, visual arts, community outreach work, music and film). 

We hope that you will see this as a chance to engage not just with some of the community groups in the locale, but also the surrounding natural environment, which is of huge importance to the residents of our village and beyond.  


What we offer 


An arts administrator to help liaison and outreach work. 

Bills, internet included. 

A vibrant, diverse rural community.  

A beautiful area to be inspired by and work within. 


Things to note

You will need a car. East Harptree has limited bus service and you will need your own transport to get to the studio.  

Access: the studio space not currently suitable for anyone with impaired mobility.  

This should also be considered in terms of the medium that you work with: if your materials or equipment are exceptionally heavy, there may be issues with getting your work to and from the space.  

After one year, we will be reviewing the project and deciding on next steps. We envisage this as a year-long residency.

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