A new arts centre coming to West Ealing in March

Almost 10 years since WEN helped set up OPEN Ealing arts centre in the then empty A2Dominion offices on the Uxbridge Road, we are delighted to hear that a new arts centre with low cost studios to rent is about to open in West Ealing.

SET Ealing will be taking over the old Catalyst Housing building on the Uxbridge Road and on the west side of St James Avenue. Here is their press release:

‘A new Arts Centre spanning 25,000 sq ft of former office and retail space is set to open in Ealing on the 17th of March 2022.

SET Centre CIO (registered charity no. 1170903) is dedicated to supporting and nurturing London’s artist communities. Access to genuinely affordable workspace for artists is crucial, particularly 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 and maintain London’s reputation as a cultural capital.

SET Ealing 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. We will also provide smaller units of 100 sq ft for £150 pcm.

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

SET Ealing 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 24th of March with the winners announced on Monday the 7th of April.

We 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 the 17th of March from 4pm – 7.30pm. You can book a viewing via the link below.
For more information, to register interest or submit to the SET Collective-Residency prize, go to www.setspace.uk/ealing. Please contact us with any further questions via email at: ealing@setspace.uk

About SET
Founded in 2016, SET is a multifaceted arts and community organisation and registered charity based in numerous centres across London. SET curates an eclectic and experimental arts and educational programme and provides genuinely affordable workspaces for artists.

SET currently has six centres across London and is home to over 700 artists, with an artist membership of over 1000. SET hosts artists working across a variety of practices from text, performance and installation to music, sound, print, textiles and more.

SET Projects & our Members Programme include performances, exhibitions, live music, talks, workshops and screenings, and seek to provide a platform for new and collaborative projects. With an inclusive ethos always, SET is a community which aims to bridge gaps between disciplines and demographics, creating a platform for collaboration and
multidisciplinary experimentation.

SET provides both long-term and temporary centres. They are predominantly hosted in otherwise vacant property, functioning as a charitable meanwhile-use scheme. At these sites, SET brings disused space back into positive use in the interim period.’

SET is supported through the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund.

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