Spaced Out: A One-Day Conference

24 Apr 2018

Regular hours

08:30 – 17:00

Cost of entry

£36 - £42

Central Saint Martins

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Tube: King's Cross St Pancras

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Artquest and DACS present Spaced Out - a one-day conference that looks at the changing use of artists’ space in a wider urban context.


Artquest and DACS present Spaced Out - a one-day conference that looks at the changing use of artists’ space in a wider urban context: from new uses for traditional studio spaces to the impact of rising domestic space costs, innovative business space use and how virtual spaces are used to exhibit, make and sell work.

The conference will explore the political and economic currents that are changing available spaces, and imagine the impact on future practice, culture and society.

The conference is for delegates from across the arts, design, architecture, development, education and other creative and policy-driven fields.

Speakers confirmed:

Tom Atkinson - Recent MArch Architecture Graduate, Founder of The Micro-Developments Bureau

Sovay Berriman - Artist and Plumber

Ruth Catlow - Artist and Curator, Co-Founder Furtherfield

Tom Elsner - Director, Open and Art Rabbit

Anthony Gross - Artist and Founder of Enclave

Alistair Hicks - Writer and Curator

Farzana Khan - Platform London / Voices That Shake

Russell Martin - Director, Artquest

Eduardo Padilha - Artist and Founder Balin House Projects

Clare Reddington - Creative Director, Watershed

Sarah Staton - Artist, Senior Tutor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art

Gilane Tawadros - Chief Executive, DACS

Carol Tulloch - UAL Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon

Mark Waugh - Business Development Director, DACS

Eyal Weizman - Architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths

Spaced Out will present 4 distinctive sessions on studio, business, domestic and virtual spaces introduced by a keynote speech, and followed by a chaired panel discussion with Q&A. The event will end with a short artist's film screening and a drink reception in the Platform Theatre Bar.

More speakers soon to be announced with our full conference programme.

Spaced Out builds on a long partnership between Artquest and DACS, particularly around The New Economy of Art event programme and book. You can purchase The New Economy of Art book at a reduced rate (RRP £14.99) with your conference ticket.

The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and a hearing loop will be provided on the day. If you have access requirements or have any questions, please get in touch with us at Please note that the event will be photographed, filmed/audio-recorded and shared online.


About the event partners:

The Artquest programme at University of the Arts London has supported professional visual artists in London and beyond since 2001. Initially providing predominantly online advice and information for visual artists about their careers, the programme has broadened to include internships, graduate studio and research residencies, legal advice, artist career case studies, international studio exchange, mentoring, discounts, publications and debates alongside a 1,500+ page advice website.


Established by artists for artists, DACS is the UK’s flagship not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, we act as a trusted broker for 100,000 artists worldwide. Founded over 30 years ago, DACS campaigns for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy. We collect and distribute royalties to visual artists and their estates and have paid over £100 million in royalties – a significant source of income supporting artists’ livelihoods.


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