What is an art studio?
The short and practical definition of an art studio is a place where the artist works and create. But there are so many aspects that make it impossible be restricted to this: that’s why we will work with you on a geographically based list of your places with their realities so it can inform and inspire other artists. On top of that, we will appreciate the beauty of those places.
ART STUDIOS in CANADA
As my work began to sell, I looked to raise the level of professionalism in my practice. A room became available next to a friend’s office. The cost was reasonable when split four ways so I rounded up three artist friends and we moved in. We four shared the 14’x14’ room with no windows for a year and it was a very productive year. We left only when we were evicted because the building was being torn down and condos built in its place. This is a common occurrence for artists in Toronto.
Art studio cost
My share of our 320 sq ft space costs me about $85/mo which is ridiculously cheap in the current Toronto real estate environment. I’m the envy of my artist friends because commercial rent for a comparable space is about $500/mo. The downside for me is that it’s temporary. Most older buildings where historically artists could find affordable studio space are being torn down and condo buildings built in their place.
Every artist I know has moved or is considering moving out of Toronto for financial reasons including difficulty finding an affordable studio and living space. The developer of the building my studio is in has offered space to artists for a very low rent with the agreement that at any time with 30 days notice, they can ask us to leave. I’ve been there for two years and have the constant worry that today’s the day I’ll receive a notice and the knowledge that there are no other affordable spaces in Toronto.
Second largest expense
My studio costs are my second largest expense after-show fees. I do three major shows in Toronto which cost in total about $5,000. This takes the biggest bite out of my sales income.
An artist community
My future is quite uncertain. I know from past experience that I don’t enjoy painting in isolation so moving back to the corner of my living room would not be a good move for me. It’s unlikely I’ll find another studio as affordable in Toronto. If finances force me to relocate, finding a studio and an artistic community will be a big factor.
A dedicated place
My advice to a young artist would be to find a studio outside your home. Having a dedicated place of work will elevate your status and your sense of professionalism. Share space to make it more affordable. Use the support of your community.
Joe Fig about the artist studio. He is known for a series of artworks portraiting artists by making a diorama of their studio. He wrote two books about this art project: “Inside the Painter’s Studio” (2009) and “Inside the Artist’s Studio” (2015)
Your art space in this article
For now, the page is almost empty, but you can propose to share your studio. We will need a photo of your art studio (with you in the picture or without). Horizontal or square. And answer to the questions below. It is mandatory to know about the city it is located in and the more specific you can be will help other artists. We will need one good photo, but two or three good photos. We won’t share anything blurred, pixelated or of low resolution. A link to your website will be added if you have any.
Send it to veryprivategallery’@’gmail.com
Questions about your art studio
And in the email answer the question you think relevant:
Who are you? Who do you share the studio with? Do you have any assistant?
When did you decide to get a studio space? How far were you in your career? Did it take you long to find a studio?
Where is your studio (city)? How far is it from your home? Do you receive walk-in clients or host any events? What kind of clients do you bring to your studio? Are you happy about the location? Has the studio location influenced your work?
#4: How much?
How much are you paying for your studio? Is it your biggest expense for you art?
What kind of medium do you use? Is there any special device or tool that are specific to your creative process? What projects you couldn’t do without it? What are your future plans? What advice would you give a young artist who is wanting an art studio?