Rent A Studio

Hotwalls Studios was established by Portsmouth City Council to provide affordable workspace for artists and makers. The large, versatile spaces are bursting with natural light and historic features. The design and layout of the site means that the studios are all publicly accessible, allowing our artists and makers to sell direct to the public and run workshops in their studios.

Applications for studio spaces are currently closed.

Our Studios

Our studios are ‘incubator spaces’ for artists and makers to develop their businesses and their creative practices. Rents are subsidised and tenancies are limited to a maximum of five years. Prices range from around £325 to £400 per month +VAT for a full studio, depending on size.

Tenants must commit to opening their studios to the public for a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our studios are designed to allow the public to see artists and makers at work and experience the creative process first hand. For this reason we do not consider applications from creative businesses who are predominantly digital or retail.

We are allocating one of our larger studios to be a shared space; each split 50/50 between two creatives. Sharing a studio is a great option for any artist or maker who can’t commit to paying for a full studio or to the minimum 30 hours per week opening hours. It is hoped that as tenants in shared studios develop and grow their business they may eventually wish to move into another studio on their own, as and when they become available. Shared Studios start at £216 plus VAT per month.

Empty Hotwalls Studio. Photo by Claire Sambrook.

Joining us

In our commitment to ensuring a fair and equal application process, we have made some changes. We no longer maintain a waiting list.


We will open applications as and when a new opportunity to rent a studio arises and only applications received between the opening date and the deadline will be considered. If you’ve previously applied and are still interested, we kindly ask you to re-apply.          


It is important to us that there is a balanced mix of artists and makers in our studios working across a range of disciplines and that we work with both emerging and more established artists and makers.


Applications are via our online form, please read the information pack before submitting your application.

Applications for studios are currently closed.


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