Meet the Guild Cohort

In 2019 we began working with a cohort of 20 artist spaces and organisations across England who were selected to join our exciting Guild programme through an open call. This was then extended to 25 in 2020 due to the increased need for support in the sector following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stretching the length and breadth of the country, from Middlesbrough to Southampton, the 25 groups demonstrate the incredible range of artists’ spaces across the country, providing diverse opportunities for artists working in a range of disciplines from performance art, contemporary visual art to printmaking. 

The cohort represents a snap-shot of artist-led initiatives, ranging from large well-established groups, to artists working in a range of temporary spaces, and those at the beginning of their collaborative creative venture.

East Street Arts continue to work with 25 artist-led organisations spread across the UK to help build resilience and sustainability through commissioning, business and governance support, mentoring initiatives and seed funding. The cohort will engage in the following activities throughout the next year.

GUILD HALL: This is a monthly catch up session where members of the cohort can bring a problem, concern or organisational news to the group to explore.

GUILD SWAP: This is a virtual studio swap to aid peer to peer support for the cohort, establishing new connections and exploring ways of collaboration.

GUILD EXCURSIONS: These are micro funded research trips for the artists who run the very organisations we support within the cohort.

GUILD SEED FUNDING: This funding will be allocated to the Cohort for pre-feasibility and feasibility studies around the exploration of space, whether that be new, redeveloped or reimaged.

The selected groups participating in Guild cohort are:

Abingdon Studios

Abingdon Studios is the only dedicated contemporary visual arts studio provider in Blackpool which aims to be a centre for talent development and nurture visual arts development in the region.

 Abingdon Studios Project Space_image by Matt Wilkinson

Abingdon Studios Project Space



Artworks in Halifax is an Art School, Gallery and Artist Studios committed to providing opportunity and engagement with art for all ages and abilities.


Assembly House

Assembly House is an artist-led organisation based in Leeds. Founded in 2013 by Leeds Graduates with the aim of creating affordable workspaces.

Babeworld 3000

Babeworld seeks to create a more representative art world through the creation of art, fundraising and creating grants, and facilitation of events – for those who are marginalised in the arts. With an emphasis on collaboration and co-creation, Babeworld’s practice focuses on themes of political and societal identity, specifically disability/access, neurodivergence, sex work and race.

Bon Volks

Bon Volks from Margate is an artist studios and project space with a strong focus on collective responsibility and providing creative space that positively impacts the local Community.


Bon Volks’ artists Rufus Dayglo and Claire de Lune in the studio



Based in Bristol, Bricks’ mission is to join the dots in Bristol’s grassroots visual arts ecology, supporting artists and collectives through exhibitions, studio provision and professional development opportunities.

Broccoli Arts

Broccoli Arts focuses on presenting and nurturing work by/for/about lesbian, bisexual and queer women (LBQW) across stage and page.

Caraboo Projects

Caraboo Projects in Bedminster, Bristol is dedicated to building an accessible art space that promotes experimentation and education across disciplines.


Centre for Live Art Yorkshire

CLAY provides stability for the artists who fall between the cracks by creating the first Art Centre for live art practice. They work with artists  with both emerging and established practices as a touring venue and a space to make art and performance.


Double Elephant Print Workshop

Double Elephant Print Workshop based in Exeter provides open access print facilities, community workshops and a strong body of Arts in Health activities to encourage and support people to discover their creativity.


Dyad Creative

Dyad Creative from Norwich is a Franco-British collaboration set up by Hannah Turner Wallis & Théodora Lecrinier with a practice that focuses on contemporary visual arts and Performance.


Fish Factory

Fish Factory from Penryn, Cornwall is a not for profit, community art space that brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life in a vibrant artistic community.


Opening of Fish Factory by Penryn Mock Mayor, artist Lally Macbeth

Given the changes in the nature and pace of urban development, working with property owners, GUILD will generate new learning for the wider sector on approaches to business resilience, operating models and new opportunities for entrepreneurship and income generation. Daniel Cutmore, Relationship Manager at Arts Council England

Grief Series

The Grief Series is a sequence of seven projects by Leeds-based artist Ellie Harrison. Each instalment is a collaboration with another artist working in a different field including performance, design, photography, installation and sculpture.

Haarlem Artspace

Haarlem Artspace from Wirksworth, Derbyshire champions rurally-based contemporary artists and creative practitioners, providing unique, flexible spaces for cultivating practice.


K6 Gallery

K6 Gallery from Southampton operate from a pair of red phone boxes- the gallery runs a diverse programme of exhibitions engaging audiences through innovative contemporary art programming in public spaces across the city.

Mafwa Theatre

Mafwa theatre brings refugees, asylum seekers and settled communities together to celebrate our diversity and campaign for a more welcoming Leeds.

Navigator North

Navigator North from Middlesbrough are a Tees Valley based, artist led organisation who initiate activities to raise the profile of artists and creative practice in the North East–inspiring visual artists and creative communities to thrive.


Ort Gallery

Ort Gallery from Balsall Heath in Birmingham is an artist-led exhibition space with the social mission to facilitate dialogue in the community.


ORT Art Show



PROFORMA from Greater Manchester is an art organisation that supports emerging and mid-career visual artists through a dynamic exhibition programme in non-traditional gallery spaces.


The Rising Sun Arts Centre

The Rising Sun Arts Centre from Reading is an independent arts centre and the heart of Reading’s cultural life for over 27 years. The volunteer-led centre hosts a diverse programme of events, workshops and participatory projects for, and by, the local community.


Shy Bairns

Shy Bairns in Manchester is the collaborative practice of artists, designers and curators. Since 2016, Shy Bairns have been working together on a responsive programme of zines, exhibitions and workshops.


Shy Bairns


The Penthouse

The Penthouse, established in Manchester in 2012 is an artist-led queer contemporary art organisation who’s curatorial and research projects are focused on Queer art, Dyke tactics, radical practices, Gender Queer identity and raw art- exploring power at the margins.


The Centre for International Women Artists (CIWA)

The Centre for International Women Artists, formerly “The Travelling Heritage Bureau”, from Manchester is a supportive network with and for international women artists based in the North West of England including refugees, those seeking asylum and other migrant women with direct experiences of journeying or displacement.


Two Queens

Two Queens from Leicester is an artist-run gallery and studios situated in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter with the ambition of providing a centre for experimental modes of arts production, exhibition and exchange. Two Queens is dedicated to establishing an agenda for new activity in the city and across the region.

two_queens_artist_kate_jackson_in her_studio_space_image_by_dave_wilson_clarke

Two Queens artist Kate Jackson in her studio

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