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Studios

Individual studios are generally self-contained, lockable 3 x 4 metres with good light, heating and power. Each location has some specialised equipment, a small communal kitchen, office space, broadband & parking. Studios are managed by the Fellows, with assistance from the Trust.

Welwyn, The Forge

The Forge is a purpose built studio building with 10 studios, a dedicated print area with a large print press and etching equipment.

Learn about the facilities at The Forge.

Address

The Forge, Hertford Road
Digswell, Herts. AL6 0BU

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Letchworth, The Fenners building

The Fenners building is a former light industrial building located near the centre of Letchworth Garden City. It has recently been converted into artists’ studios with the support of the Letchworth Heritage Foundation. The building has 17 studios and specialist equipment includes a multipurpose room suitable as both a teaching area and exhibition space, as well as kilns.

Learn about the facilities at The Fenners.

Address

7 Openshaw Way
Letchworth, SG6 3EN

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Join a diverse network of like-minded people.

Plan Your Journey

If you’re planning a visit then check out the map.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How to become a Fellow
Fellows are selected by shortlisting and interview. Interviews will be done after an advertisement, that’s usually done in the Artists Newsletter as well as in the local press and at the colleges of art.

Current fellows usually assist the Trustees in conducting the interviews. We specifically look for artists whose work to date makes us believe that giving a DA Fellowship will contribute towards their exciting and fulfilling future and that they’ll be able to benefit other DA fellows.

How to become a Print-Maker
To select Print members, an interview with a portfolio is carried out. At the interview, printmakers are expected to demonstrate proficiency with equipment as well as an abundance of experience.

Those aspiring to become print members are welcome to book one of our open access sessions that’s conducted by one of the printmakers, Sally Tyrie since these sessions usually provide excellent induction to the workshop, as well as act as a reminder for those who’re a bit rusty.

How does Digswell Arts operate?
Digswell Arts is a registered charity that has studios in Digswell and Letchworth Garden City.

Fellows and staff who are under a board of trustees are responsible for its management, and they meet as it’s required.

All trustees have different responsibilities – Chairman, governance, legal, treasury, health and safety, fellows support, academic support, interviews. Trustees are usually working as well as retired professionals, and they dedicate their time freely. Some of them are also ex Fellows.

It’s responsible for managing its financial resources, it’s not grant-aided. However, it’s usually offered support with reduced rents and rates offered by the borough councils, that enable its operation and to whom it’s obliged.

These obligations, with it being a registered charity, are its object:

(a) Assistance of individuals who wish to or have become artists or craftsmen.
(b) Promotion of training and education in the area of art and related subjects.
(c) Promotion of the appreciation of art.

The fellows usually manage the studios, with all of them playing their part.

The Trust has a long history, 60 years, of achievement in the Arts with some top artists out of its Fellows and more serving in the arts and educational establishments all over the country.

The Trust holds within the Fellows, Trustees and Print Members working closely.

Being part of The Forge artist group for five years and currently being a Digswell print group member has been a rewarding experience.
Caryl Beach

I am very grateful for the opportunity of fellowship and studio with Digswell Arts, and hope to be as happy in my future workspaces.
Cathy Smale

I’ve always been proud to say I am a Digswell Fellow and it means so much to me that I am part of a select and elite band of artists.
Susan Coussens

Having a studio space and also access to the Printroom at Digswell has allowed me the freedom to experiment without time constraints.
Fiona Chaney

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