Spaced Out

    One-day conference


    24 April 2018, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Central Saint Martins 
    LVMH Lecture Theatre
    1, Granary Building
    Kings Cross
    N1C 4AA 

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    The event will be streamed live on Periscope @DACSforArtists and on DACS' Twitter
    Artquest and DACS present Spaced Out - a one-day conference that looked at the changing use of artists’ space in a wider urban context: from new uses for traditional studio spaces to the impact of rising domestic space costs, innovative business space use and how virtual spaces are used to exhibit, make and sell work.

    The conference explored the political and economic currents that are changing available spaces, and imagines the impact on future practice, culture and society.

    The conference was for delegates from across the arts, design, architecture, development, education and other creative and policy-driven fields.

    Conference details

    Spaced Out presented 4 distinctive sessions on studio, business, domestic and virtual spaces introduced by a keynote speech, and followed by a chaired panel discussion with Q&A. The event ended with a short artist's film screening and a drink reception in the Platform Theatre Bar.


    Tom Atkinson - Recent MArch Architecture Graduate, Founder of The Micro-Developments Bureau

    Sovay Berriman - Artist and Plumber

    Ruth Catlow - Artist and Curator, Co-Founder at Furtherfield

    Anthony Gross - Artist and Founder of Enclave

    Nick Hartwright - Director at projekt.

    Alistair Hicks - Writer and Curator

    Farzana Khan - Platform London / Voices That Shake

    Russell Martin - Director, Artquest

    Eduardo Padilha - Artist and Founder of Balin House Projects

    Tom Elsner - Founder & Director at Artrabbit and Open

    Jon Fawcett - Artist and Curator, Director of Infinite Multiple 

    Sarah Staton - Artist, Senior Tutor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art

    Eyal Weizman - Architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual cultures, and Director of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths   

    Gilane Tawadros - Chief Executive, DACS 

    Carol Tulloch - UAL Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon

    Mark Waugh - Business Development Director, DACS

    More speakers soon to be announced with our full conference programme.

    The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and a hearing loop will be provided on the day. If you have access requirements or have any questions, please get in touch with us at Please note that the event will be photographed, filmed/audio-recorded and shared online. 


    Conference Programme

    Introduction: 10am
    • Gilane Tawadros, Chief Executive, DACS
    • Russell Martin, Director, Artquest
    Studio Space: 10.10am – 11.10am
    • Keynote: Eyal Weizman, Architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures, and Director of Forensic Architecture
    • Anthony Gross, Artist and Founder of Enclave
    • Nick Hartwright, The Mill Co Project / Green Rooms Hotel
    • Chair: Russell Martin, Director of Artquest
    Domestic Space: 11.15am – 12.15pm
    • Keynote: Sovay Berriman, Artist and Plumber
    • Eduardo Padilha, Artist and Founder Balin House Projects
    • Carol Tulloch, UAL Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
    • Chair: Gilane Tawadros, CEO of DACS
    Lunch: 12.15pm – 1.15pm

    Business Space: 1.25pm – 2.25pm
    • Keynote: Farzana Khan, Platform London / Voices That Shake
    • Tom Atkinson, Recent MArch Architecture Graduate, Founder of The Micro-Developments Bureau
    • Alistair Hicks, Writer and Curator
    • Chair: Sarah Staton, Artist, Senior Tutor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art
    Virtual Space: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
    • Keynote: Ruth Catlow, Artist, co-founder Furtherfield
    • Tom Elsner, Director, and Artrabbit
    • Chair: Mark Waugh, Business Development Director, DACS
    Artist's film screening: 3.30pm – 3.55pm

    Closing words: 3.55pm

    Drinks Reception in the Platform Theatre Bar: 4pm – 5pm

    About the event partners

    Spaced Out builds on a long partnership between Artquest and DACS, particularly around The New Economy of Art event programme and book. You can purchase The New Economy of Art book at a reduced rate (RRP £14.99) with your conference ticket. 


    The Artquest programme at University of the Arts London has supported professional visual artists in London and beyond since 2001. Initially providing predominantly online advice and information for visual artists about their careers, the programme has broadened to include internships, graduate studio and research residencies, legal advice, artist career case studies, international studio exchange, mentoring, discounts, publications and debates alongside a 1,500+ page advice website.


    Established by artists for artists, DACS is the UK’s flagship not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, we act as a trusted broker for 100,000 artists worldwide. Founded over 30 years ago, DACS campaigns for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy. We collect and distribute royalties to visual artists and their estates and have paid over £100 million in royalties – a significant source of income supporting artists’ livelihoods.