Kingsgate Workshops is a multi-use art space housed within a labyrinthine Victorian factory, providing affordable workspace for an exciting mix of artists, makers and designers.
Kingsgate Workshops’ Public Programme encourages experimentation, production and critical discourse. We support a crossover between disciplines, an exchange of skills and the development of critical and timely conversations about process, image making and object making. Our Project Space aims to profile a diverse range of contemporary national and international artists with a focus on emerging talent.
The Public Programme is generously supported by Arts Council England. As part of the programme, artists are provided with a free studio space for six months, a small stipend and professional support in creating a new body of work for exhibition at Kingsgate Project Space.
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Kingsgate Workshops is a converted 19th century warehouse providing studio and workshop space for over 50 artists and crafts people. Located in West Hampstead and close to Kilburn High Road, it was first built by John Allen and Sons as their builders workshops, with a saw mill to produce the large number of doors and windows they needed to construct many of the surrounding streets.
After John Allen and Sons, the building became a furniture depository, and then was used as a sheet metal folding factory and various other businesses until it became derelict and empty. In 1978, a small group of local people put forward a scheme to Camden Council to stop it being demolished and give it a new lease of life as an artist’s studio complex.