Supporting Creativity

WAVE supports artists, makers and the local creative community in a variety of ways. Gallery and studio spaces are available for hire at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Bilston Craft Gallery, and there is temporary exhibition space for local history research and projects at Wolverhampton City Archives. For details of commissions, creative professional development, exhibiting, selling work and other opportunities, please see the Current Opportunties page or contact us.

The Makers Dozen Studios

The Makers Dozen Studios is a workshop complex for artists and makers based in the West Midlands. The studios are in a convenient city centre location adjacent to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, across the road from the University of Wolverhampton’s city campus and close to many other creative arts venues, such as Arena Theatre, Light House and Eagle Works. The studios are available to both new graduates and established makers, with a range of spaces available.

  • To find out more about the current occupants of the studios visit the Makers Dozen website.

Exhibiting

WAVE offers two hire spaces for individual artists and groups to exhibit their work.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s Hire Space Gallery is a light and airy gallery adjacent to the main art gallery entrance, with 10 metres of linear hanging space, while Bilston Craft Gallery’s First Floor Gallery provides 33 square metres of display space and 12 linear meters of hanging space; display cases are provided within the hire fee if required.

Download:  First Floor Intro Pack

Artists hiring these spaces, which are booked up well in advance, benefit from promotion in both WAVE print and web publicity.

  • For more information on WAVE’s gallery and studio spaces, exhibiting and other opportunities, including a WAVE Hire Spaces Booking Pack, please contact us.

Jewellery Workshop

Bilston Craft Gallery has a spacious workshop for recent graduates in jewellery and metalworking. The studio accommodates two graduate-makers and is provided with some equipment; a modest monthly fee is charged to cover bills. Occupants of the workshop are invited to display their work for sale in the Craft Gallery shop. Vacancies are advertised online, and places are awarded for up to two years.

Wolverhampton City Archives

Local community groups and local historians are encouraged to display their historic research and archive collections. There are display boards in reception and also display cases in the Archives’ Map Room.