Fine art graduates set up creative studio for students

Fine Art graduates from the University Centre South Essex have set up their own studio, theblokhouse, for current students and graduates.

Residing in Southend-on-Sea, theblokhouse is made up of six artists from the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at the University Centre, offering a creative space for current students or graduates to continue their work with available resources and affordable studio spaces.

The artists work with a wide range of mediums from painting to film, sculpture and photography. They also work with local art organisations, teach fine art and have their own businesses alongside theblokhouse.

Founded by local artist and recent graduate Lee Lawrence in 2020, theblokhouse was created as a response to the pandemic with a necessity to think of the social possibilities, post COVID-19 restrictions.

Lee Lawrence, Founder of theblokhouse, said: “The ambition of theblokhouse is to secure funding and work with the college. We want to offer current students and recent graduates on any of the creative courses a place where they can continue their work with available resources and affordable studio spaces.

“It took collaboration and hard work to get the space to a place where we could work comfortably. We self-funded and followed government guidance to strip out the space, we have turned it into a functional working studio which we hope will be a welcome addition to the local community.”

If you are a student or graduate looking to utilise this space, please email, visit their website or contact them through Instagram @theblokhouse