South Bank Studios

South Bank Studios was launched in the summer of 2018 and resides on the upper floors of Southlands Methodist church.

A Video Tour

We recorded a quick video tour of the studios prior to Open Studios 2021, to give you a flavour of the space we have, and the variety of artists we have in residence.

The Studio Story (History)

In the intervening years, we have released sixteen studios in all, across our upper floors.   These are spread between our upper community hall, with its unique hexagon structure, and the upper church, which once housed pews overlooking the church sanctuary.   You will see from the photos, that the atmosphere is rustic but creative.   If you are interested in being added to our database of those wanting a studio, do contact our Art Studio Team – see our Who’s Who Page. For more information, visit

The Loft (Containing Eight Studios)

We’ve also seen the church and community spaces bedecked with galleries, and community art projects. At one time the hall, stairs and landing were home to thousands of individually crafted butterflies….

In the church hall, we have housed another huge and stunning installation, reminscent of a beehive, or individually crafted hexagons, drawing inspiration from micrographs of pollen.

The resident artists have access to the church out of hours, but we aim to congregate on Thursdays, at Planet Food, to share lunch together, chat and plan workshops and events together.

The various studios have different configurations, and we host a wide range of artists, from Batik and textile art, puppet makers, photographers, dance and drama, oils, acrylics, and mixed-media, as well as stone carvers and plasterers.

In April, we were delighted to be a venue for a number of our artists, in the York Open Studios and offered refreshments and game of pool or chess! Some photos of the day, are below.

Donna showing her Animal Puppetry (Used in the Passion Plays), and mixed media art.
Two potters, huband and wife display together
Mixed Media
Colin & Sallie Black (Seek Art School) with Colin’s Art