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.
Will Teather, Backstage at the Hippodrome, 2014. Oil, acrylic, and pigment on canvas, 30 x 48 in.
Will Teather, The Vast and Unknowable Universe, 2013. Acrylic and pigment on canvas, 48 x 36 in.
Will Teather, King of the Hill, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 94 1/2 x 70 3/4 in.