A Studio at Muspole Workshops, Norwich, England.
by Will Teather | February 6, 2014
My studio is at Muspole Workshops, set in the cultural quarter of the medieval city of Norwich, in the East of England, UK. It used to be part of a foundry before being turned into an artist’s studio. It is a long and narrow space, reached by a series of suspended walkways, so it feels a little like you are on a boat.
The best part about it is the freedom of having my own space to do as I please. I enjoy not having to worry about creating an unholy mess and the chance to make radical alterations at 1 in the morning after a trip to the pub. I think the discipline of clocking in and out of a workspace is also good for you. I couldn’t work at home. It is in the middle of town, near other studios, galleries and Norwich University of Arts, so I get enough visits from friends to break up the day. But the cold in mid-winter is rather testing.
My most productive hours are in the evening, although every day is different. I will sometimes work straight through from morning until the early hours of the next day, with a coffee break or two. I do try to make sure I do some thing every day. I have a drum-kit in there for letting off steam. There are a number of artists, illustrators and other makers in neighboring studios, although I can shut myself away when I need to. I find inspiration in theatre, circus, music, walking, galleries, historic houses, curiosity shops, books, and my friends. The Castle Museum has a wonderful collection of taxidermy, although a special place in my heart is reserved for the Anteros Arts Foundation, an arts centre housed in a Tudor merchant’s house that I helped to set up.