Studio membership


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BACKLIT offers affordable studios in the heart of the vibrant creative quarter in Nottingham city centre. Since 2008 our Victorian-era building has hosted studio artists. We support a variety of creat­ives from recent gradu­ates, students, artists, makers, curators, collectives, and writers at all stages of their lives. We do this through a yearly programme of events, workshops, paid oppor­tun­ities, exhib­i­tions, and community collaborations.

Studio membership
Studio membership

Our studios are currently operating through a waiting list system.

We continue to welcome all applications. You will be informed when there are spaces available to view. Please wait until we contact you after your submission.

Our Associate Membership is another great way to be part of our vibrant, creative community that has been running for over ten years.

Studio costs

Our studios range from single, double and triple, and you will have 24/7 access, Wi-Fi, heating, electricity and access to a kitchen and appliances.

Single studio: 2m x 3.7m from £76 per month

Double studio: 4m x 3.7m from £140 per month

Triple studio: 6m x 3.7m from £202 per month

What are the membership benefits?

  • Access to private artist and professional development feedback sessions with curators and mentors
  • Access to in-person practical and live online workshops and skill-sharing, including but not limited to:
    • How to professionally document your work
    • Understanding 'Develop Your Creative Practice' grant (with ACE)
    • How to use social media as an artist
    • Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Premiere
  • Access to a private photography darkroom
  • Access to screen printing facilities
  • Access to learning, career development and industry training sessions
  • Access to the BACKLIT online community, a place to keep up to date with opportunities and conversations from your fellow members and our partnering organisations
  • Access funded opportunities including commissions, collaborations and exchanges with our partner organisations
  • Feature on our artists profile space with your profile that can be used to highlight your work for curators and collaborators
  • Have the opportunity to take part in the BACKLIT annual group show
  • Participate in our yearly open studios (on hold due to covid)
  • Attend quarterly community meetings to hear about updates, and upcoming events, to network and voice your opinions on the shape of BACKLIT
  • Discounted hire for our galleries and project spaces
  • Join the members-only mailing list, receiving bi-weekly updates for paid opportunities from our local, national and international network

As a member, you will also benefit from our exclusive Members Portal where you will keep up to date, find the workshop archive, access member-only events, join studio meetings and find other arts-related resources.