Sarabande Foundation was established by the late Lee Alexander McQueen to create opportunities for artists and designers who are creatively fearless. We offer full and partial scholarships to seven of the top art & design Universities in the UK, making us one of the most generous funding bodies at this time. Sarabande HQ is a converted Victorian stable block on Regent’s Canal in East London, N1, where we also house 15 artist studios & a large exhibition space. Derelict when we bought it in 2014, the Grade II listed building has been designed with the sole purpose of creating spaces for artists and designers to flourish. The studios are various sizes to accommodate different mediums of creativity and all are priced at under a 3rd of the going rate for London, ranging from £70 – £150pm, inclusive of all utilities. All artists and designers affiliated with the foundation – through the scholarships, smaller bursary programmes and the studios are able to use the exhibition space at no cost. This can be to stage a showcase, host an exhibition, hold a photography shoot, meet with buyers – we are open to all suggestions. In addition to this, everyone has access to our mentors & patrons, where possible, and optional production advice is available at all times.
Lee left the majority of his estate in order to build a foundation of opportunity for creatives, and it is his legacy that we aim to continue for many years to come. Without the help of our patrons, ambassadors, friends and mentors Sarabande would not be able to continue it’s work in helping develop some of the most exciting minds in art, fashion and jewellery today.
London remains a front-runner in the creative industries, a sector that counts for 1 in 11 jobs, and contributes almost 10 million an hour to the UK Economy. In spite of this, affordable artist studios are a rarity, University fees are alienating and quality practical support is disappearing. Sarabande hopes to combat this. If you agree with our ethos and want to help support the creative industries you can become a monthly Supporter or a one-off Donor, all donations are appreciated.