Further information

Arts Council England has published a Model Constitution for Unincorporated Associations and Model memorandum and Articles of Association for charitable arts organisations. Both are available online free of charge.
If you are looking for existing studio groups, you may also be interested in our Studios listing on the main Artquest website.

Free or affordable legal advice should be sought before attempting to set up any of the more complex organisational structures.

The National Federation of Artist Studio Providers (NFASP) has a public benefit toolkit to help artist-led studio spaces explore their public benefit requirements when becoming charities. Only organisations providing certain types of public benefit, legally required, can become charities.

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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.