Space Type Definitions

Which 'Space Type' is right for you?

Multi-use SpaceVisual Art StudioCo-WorkingOffice SpaceHot DeskMakerspace | Manufacturing/Fabrication SpaceDesign Studio  | HackerspaceWarehouseDance StudioGalleryLive+Work Space Community HallPhotography StudioFilm LocationFilm Editing SuiteRetail SpacePop-up ShopRehearsal SpaceMusic Rehearsal SpaceTheatre/PerformanceNon TraditionalMusic Performance VenueResidency | Sound RecordingCinema |


Multi-use Space: Spaces that offer a flexible layout, suited to a range of creative uses. This space type often includes everything from open halls to warehouse spaces.


Visual Art Studio: These spaces are suited to a range of visual arts. They will often be housed in warehouses or re-purposed industrial/light industrial buildings and have dedicated areas that artists can licence for their private use.


Co-Working Space:  A shared working environment similar to an office. Unlike a typical office environment, coworking spaces are used by people not necessarily employed by the same organization though may share interests in similar fields or themes such as 'sustainability', 'arts' or 'design'. These spaces must have creative practice as their core business. Corporate or standard business co-working spaces are not accepted. Desks, chairs and other infrastructure are provided.


Office Space: Any space that can be used for desk-based practice. These are generally clean spaces where desks and chairs may or may not be provided and are often offered on a per-square-metre basis. These spaces must have creative practice as their core business, or seeking creatives to fill or occupy the space.


Hot Desk: Hot Desk is defined as a space where a desk and chair are provided – sometimes at a communal workstation – which is generally available by the day or hour. These spaces tend not to have a fixed-term contract or agreement, though there may be rules associated with use of the space.


Makerspace: A place where individuals and organisations gather to create and learn by sharing tools, knowledge, space and experience. Technology may be involved in some of the tools available but the focus is generally more on the handmade rather than Digital. (See Hackerspace for spaces that focus on technology and computing).


Manufacturing/Fabrication space: Spaces that produce goods or wares by manual labour or by machinery, especially on a large scale that meet a customer's specifications. Usually a factory or warehouse facility with existing equipment able to produce products to specifications.


Design Studio: Design Studios are generally occupied by architects and interior designers, fashion or graphic designers. They are finished to a high standard with a strong design aesthetic and include desks and chairs. The offer will generally be a spare desk space working alongside an established company (rather than the more transient arrangements of co-working spaces).


Hackerspace: A place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. A hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab or hackspace) is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and collaborate.


Warehouse: Defines a building that may have once been used as a storage facility or for other industrial and manufacturing purposes. Warehouses are large open spaces with high ceilings and few comforts.


Dance Studio: This is a space suited to dance in its various forms. It will always provide open space and may have specific equipment such as sprung floors, mirrors and ballet barres.


Gallery: Any spaces suited to the exhibition of art work or performance art. Galleries will generally have equipment or facilities that aid the presentation of art work, such as lighting and hanging systems and are generally open to the public.


Live+Work Space: Live/Work spaces provide spaces in which artists and other creatives can both live and work in the same location. These spaces are studios with a residential component under the one roof.


Community Hall: This space type includes spaces such as church halls, bowling clubs and council-owned community facilities. They will generally offer large open spaces with stages and equipment suited to theatre rehearsal and performance. However, they will often have other community activities programmed throughout the week making them challenging for consecutive long-term hires.


Photography Studio: This refers to spaces that have been specifically created for photographic use. They will include equipment such as lighting, hanging systems and cycloramas, and will offer large open spaces and very-high ceilings.


Film Location: A space suited to filming or film production


Film Editing Suite: These spaces have extensive equipment for film editing, with other resources (temperature control for example) suited to film editing.


Retail Space: Any space specifically set up, configured and permitted for retail activity. These spaces will generally be within established retail areas and must detail specific benefits to creative practice.


Pop-up Shop: This refers to spaces created for temporary retail or exhibition of work. They may include infrastructure and equipment to facilitate retail, such as shelving and displays, lighting and appropriate power. Pop-up shops operate on a ‘permit’ basis than a ‘lease’ agreement and are only in operation for a brief amount of time.


Rehearsal Space: Any space that is suited to theatre, performance and music rehearsals. This may include access to sound and lighting equipment. These spaces do not necessarily require facilities for audiences.


Music Rehearsal Space: Specifically suited to the rehearsal of music-based performance. These spaces will accept responsibility for noise created by hirers and often provide appropriate sound insulation in their structures.


Theatre/Performance: These spaces will provide room for artists to perform in front of an audience. They will include equipment or facilities, such as lighting and sound equipment, stages and audience seating.


Non Traditional: This category is for innovative and unusual uses of space. It may include everything from letterboxes to foyers, waiting rooms to rooftops that still lend themselves to creative use. Non-Traditional spaces must clearly state how they could be adapted by the creative sector in order to be approved for the website.


Music Performance Venue: These spaces will provide room for music artists to perform in front of an audience. They will include equipment or facilities, such as lighting and sound equipment, stages and audience seating. These spaces will accept responsibility for reasonable noise created by performers.


Residency: This refers to an ‘artist residency’ where a space is offered for a fixed period of time as part of a ‘residency program’. These programs are offered for little or no charge and are based on an application process. Often funding is also provided to successful applicants in order to enable them to work full-time in the studio without any distractions.


Sound Recording: These spaces will offer equipment and facilities specifically suited to sound recording. This may include mixing equipment, computers, microphones and sound-proofing.


Cinema: These are spaces with cinema screens and/or projection equipment for the screening of film. They will be accessible to audiences.


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