Creative Land Trust was founded to tackle a long-standing problem for London, and indeed other global cities. The loss of affordable workspace, and consequent outflow of artists and makers, presenting a serious threat to the wellbeing and prosperity of a city so reliant on creativity for its success.  

Artists unable to focus their time on their practice due to the instability inherent in relying on temporary workspace, and expert studio providers displaced from their locations despite years of building equity. 

London’s many excellent studio providers face growing difficulty in securing even “meanwhile” space; Creative Land Trust will build a new financial and operating model to secure workspace that would otherwise be unattainable. And as a charity we will demonstrate good practice in the way we select and support our studio provider partners.

Our Vision 

London will always have space for artists to create, collaborate and inspire others. 

Our Mission 

Over five years we will secure 1000 studio spaces that otherwise wouldn’t exist, and make them available for studio providers to rent to artists and makers. Working across London we’ll prove that we’ve created a sustainable and replicable model, ready to expand in the city and nationwide. And we’ll play our part in London’s post-COVID-19 recovery, helping to rebuild a vibrant creative city. 

Values

Reliable
We’ll be stable and steadfast, the anchors on whom people can rely in the long term and the bridge between communities and sectors.

Supportive
We’ll look for ways to help.

Expert
We’ll always be respectful, and always learning, but we’ll really know our stuff.

Pragmatic
We’ll find real world solutions, focusing on delivery and innovating where we need to.

Invested
We care deeply about London, the arts, each other, and getting stuff done.

Our Workstreams

Building our portfolio
We will also acquire buildings through strategic partnership, and through asset transfer agreements with public sector organisations.

Managing the portfolio
Our estate will support a diverse set of artistic practices and enhances communities and developments in several boroughs.

Achieving financial sustainability
Each building will generate a modest financial surplus to meet financing costs and support core operations. We’ll generate further funds from; grants from a number of trusts and foundations, donations from philanthropies and legacies, and investment from patient impact investors.

Policy and campaigning work
We have no wish to become the sector’s spokesperson or representative, but as awareness of CLT grows, so will our impact through policy and campaigning work.

Seizing related opportunities

Social and environmental commitments to sustainability 

The Board of Trustees declared a climate emergency in 2020 and agreed a detailed sustainability plan with an overall aim of net carbon neutrality by 2025. 

The key features of our sustainability plan are: 

– We will report on our carbon footprint from the start of January 2021 

– We will put green leases in place for all our buildings and work with studio providers to help lower their carbon footprint 

– We will bring environmental considerations into our procurement processes 

Read our Sustainability Policy.

Full Strategy

Our full strategy describes and directs what we’ll actually do over the next five years to turn that vision into reality. Success in fulfilling this mission will provide the springboard for the next five-year strategy in the middle of this decade. 

Read our full strategy

Financial Statements

To view our latest Financial Statements, please click on the following links:

Year ending: May 2020

Registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 1182876)

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London needs long term affordable workspace for artists. Creative Land Trust is a simple and lasting solution. Please contact us to find out more or join our newsletter

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