Open Studio Club’s Free Desk Here initiative

Free Desk Here is a new initiative by Open Studio Club that looks to encourage creative agencies to offer up a free desk space in their studio to a young creative (of their choosing) to come in and get on with their own work…

Free Desk Here is a new initiative by Open Studio Club that looks to encourage creative agencies to offer up a free desk space in their studio to a young creative (of their choosing) to come in and get on with their own work…

Any agency can take part in the initiative, providing they can offer a free desk space, with the first 50 agencies to list a free desk on receiving a signed limited edition Anthony Burrill screenprint on fluro stock.

“The best bit about running an agency is when it’s full of creative people from lots of different backgrounds, disciplines and experiences,”says the initiative’s brainchild, Nick Couch of Open Studio Club.

“Many of the most interesting agencies out there recognise that you’ve got to constantly feed an agency’s culture with new people and ideas,” he continues.

Agencies that have signed up to offer up a free desk space (under the terms that are explained above) so far include Moving Brands (London), HORT (Berlin), Well Made Studio (Liverpool), Base (Brussels) and Lundgren+Lindqvist (Gothenburg).

“What excites me about Free Desk Here is that it gives a platform to small agencies to bring in someone that has a complimentary skill that could lead to future collaborations on projects,” adds Couch. “It’s also a great opportunity for people working independently to meet new people, expand their network and perhaps work together on future projects.”

If you’re a freelance looking for a free desk space or an agency looking to invite someone to occupy a desk in your studio, find out more about the initiative at

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