Nothing's better than free, especially when you're talking about expensive studio space.
VSCO recently announced that they've opened up a studio space called Open Studio in the NoMad district in New York City which offers artists a permanent cyclorama wall, basic lighting equipment, and desks for the very low price of absolutely free.
If the the art and technology company sounds familiar to you it might be because of their popular VSCO app, which has all of the bells and whistles of Instagram (filters, levels, community), but is more sophisticated and a lot better at curation. As they explain in their announcement, VSCO decided to open up their NYC studio space to the public free of charge in order to help creators do their thing—which is create.
We know how expensive it is to rent studio space, and that it can be especially difficult to justify the price when it’s for your own passion project. But if it’s a project that excites you, that drags you out of bed at the crack of dawn and keeps you up late at night, we want to give you the opportunity to create it.
But free doesn't mean lawless—there are a few stipulations to the deal:
- Non-commercial work only
- Sessions have a 2-hour limit
- You can only have 6 people max in the studio during your session
- $250 deposit, which is forfeited if you cancel your session
- Bring your own camera
Okay, this is gonna sting a little, but VSCO isn't taking any new requests at the moment due to the high volume of applicants. However, it is important for you to know that there is free studio space available in NYC if you need it—you just may need to wait a while to get it. In the meantime, however, you can work on what you'd like to say in your Open Studio request form, because VSCO wants to know what's exciting about your project and "why it's important that you complete it."