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The Hotwalls Studios

The Hotwalls Studios brings artists and designer-makers together in an exceptional heritage location, to start and grow their creative ventures in an environment of mutual support, creativity and innovation.


Portsmouth has a thriving creative sector and affordable workspace is in great demand. The Sunday art sales that took place in the arches at Point Battery since the late 1950s provided the inspiration for this unique project.

The site has a fascinating history as part of the city’s historic defences against invasion. In 2014, Portsmouth City Council secured funding to transform its largely disused buildings into a vibrant new creative quarter. Our makers work from thirteen studios, alongside deli-style café – The Canteen.

Studios old photo of exhibition

The Hotwalls Studios has given a new lease of life to this incredible heritage site, while at the same time helping to expand the city’s creative industries and providing new jobs and business opportunities.


The project has been made possible by a grant from the government’s Coastal Communities fund, along with contributions from the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire and Portsmouth City Council.

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