Spaced Out

Current project Featured 2018

A one-day conference looking at the ways artists can, and do, use space in a wider urban and economic context

Spaced Out will explore the varieties and uses of space as used and imagined by artists: from new uses for traditional studio spaces, the impact of rising accommodation costs on London’s creative scenes, innovative business spaces and how virtual spaces are used to exhibit, make and sell work. The conference will explore the political and economic currents that are changing how and what spaces are available to artists and the arts, and consider the impact on future practice, culture and society. It will propose solutions and reconfigure questions about use for artists, policymakers, higher education, architects and planners.

The day will see four distinctive sessions on studio, business, domestic and virtual spaces, each introduced by a short, provocative keynote, and followed by a chaired panel discussion with audience Q&A. The event will end with a short artist’s intervention and drinks reception in the Platform Theatre Bar.

Venue and time

Tuesday 24 April 2018
09:30 – 17:00

The conference will be held at the LVMH Lecture Theatre, CSM in London’s King’s Cross (see map of venue). The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and a hearing loop will be provided on the day. Let us know your access requirements at [email protected].

Please note that the event will be photographed, filmed/audio-recorded and shared online.

Who should attend?

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


More speakers to be announced with our full conference programme.


Ticket prices include lunch and complimentary drinks at the end of the event.

  • Early bird: £30 (only until Friday 16 March)
  • Full price: £36 (from Saturday 17 March)
  • Student tickets £12 (50 available)
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Add £5 to include a copy of The New Economy of Art (RRP £14.99). Ticket prices are exclusive of booking fee.

Conference partners

Spaced Out is presented with DACS. 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, DACS 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. They 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.

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