In the Netherlands there are more artists than studios. Municipalities and governments make their own policy in regard to studios. Supply and demand are not always in balance. In Amsterdam for instance the space for artists is scarce.
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Studio or work space via the municipality
In a number of municipalities, including Amsterdam, the distribution of studios is centrally controlled. This means that an a*rtist has to meet a number of criteria in the area of professionalism. Information about municipalities’ studio policies can be obtained from the local town halls.
The municipality of Amsterdam has some options if you are looking for space in a studio or a so-called 'broedplaats', an empty building where artists get to work together. To qualify for a workshop you must register on the website. On this website you will find a bulletin board where you can call for workspace and a list of 'broedplaatsen'.
Rent a studio
Most major cities have several studio facilities for artists. For example, anti-squatting or temporary studios in development areas. Through an anti-squatting organization, you can rent a temporary studio space. Examples of anti-squatting organizations engaged in leasing of workspaces include: Zwerfkei, Already, Ad Hoc and Camelot.
If you know other artists looking for a studio, then you might consider renting a space together. The landlord will usually want to have to deal with a legal entity. Perhaps it is possible to have a studio at home. Then other tax rules apply.
For artists who do not want or cannot work in their own studio there are joint workshops or flex places you can use for a fee. These are workshops in the field of photography, printmaking, ceramics and digital art. Often there are also courses in techniques. Artists' initiatives also often manage workshops.
Your studio is often your business card. Those interested come along to discuss or to check your work. Consider what demands you have for a studio: How big should your studio be; do you have heavy equipment, so that a reinforced floor is needed; is lighting important; do you find the neighborhood important; should it also serve as an exhibition space?
In addition to the rent you pay fixed costs such as energy, water, waste fees, property taxes and insurance. Consider how much you want to spend on this, and what you need to convert each year to recoup all costs. A possibility to reduce costs is to temporarily renting a large project area.
if you have found a studio
Check with the municipality whether it is necessary to apply for an authorization for your studio and if you meet the requirements for environmental and working conditions. Those who work with toxic substances, must ensure that the waste is disposed of responsibly. The municipality can provide you with information. Sometimes these things are not taken care of well in studio complexes. It is your responsibility and possible liability if a problem arises.