West Studios was launched in August 2014 as a creative project of Chesterfield College that was funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It has since developed into a busy hub for Chesterfield’s creative community and is home to 17 local businesses, artists and start-ups within 5 shared studio spaces.
Based in the old boys Grammar School on Sheffield Road, West Studios has 3 meeting and event spaces as well as a refreshment area, handmade shop and gallery that is open to the public Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm. West Studios connection to Chesterfield College also enables them to hire out specialist areas within the college to local businesses.
Throughout the year, West Studios has developed busy summer and Christmas markets and workshop events, tenant opening studios which gives the public an insight into how is made with the studios, and a annual ‘Young Contemporaries’ exhibition which showcases Chesterfield College students work. The West Studios team and tenants have created a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere within the beautiful building, which keep pulling back customers and clients.
Joby Parsons, Coordinator at West Studios, says:
“West Studios was originally set up to help nurture and support Chesterfield creative start-up businesses and help them grow. Over the past 5 years we have worked with numerous artists and businesses on through various support programmes and services we offer. Additionally we have been able to connect people together which has enabled working partnerships to develop.”
“Moving forward we aim to have a useable and beneficial space for both the local the creative industries and Chesterfield College and open further communications between the two.”