1996 - ?

Asylum Studios interior

Asylum Studios was set up in 1996 which, in 2000, was a co-operative to provide affordable studio spaces to locally based professional artists and to create a sustainable focus for arts activity in the area. Asylum Studios as an organisation, exists to provide artists with room to explore and to take risks in their working practice and hold regular events, exhibitions, seminars, residencies with classes open to the public. In 2004 they moved into the old 'Special Investigations' building on Bentwaters where there are viable artistsí studios with low rents, an on-site darkroom and general workshop facilities. The co-operative is artist centred and inclusive of non-members, a flexi-space can be available for short term rent, seminars will include artists from outside the membership as both audience and exhibitors. While membership is open, artists are selected on quality of work and commitment to the shared aims of the co-operative and already have a group of artists making a wide range of work with a substantial interest both from the press and the local community. Asylum Studios, Building 118, Bentwaters Park, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2TW.