Sky-Lit Work Studios

Thirty-five open-air work-only artist studios wrap around a central gallery space in Building 3 of Golden Belt’s campus.

This architecturally stunning historic building has been transformed into individual and group work-only artist studios that range in size from 168 square feet to more than 600 square feet. Larger studio spaces are great for artist cooperatives.

All studios feature concrete floors, great natural light, and generous wall space. Large equipment such as printing presses can be accommodated. A central gallery and monthly Third Friday Durham events ensure the studio building is a vibrant hub for creating and viewing art.

The studios are filled with local, regional and national artists working in a range of mediums—photography, painting, mixed media, jewelry, wood-working, and textile design. All interested artists must submit materials for review to the Golden Belt Artists Review Committee.

Studio Details

Open to the public Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 12-6pm, the artist studio Building 3 blends jewelry makers, mixed media artists, photographers, painters and more in a collaborative, sky-lit space that spills into a central gallery.  Artists have access to their space 24/7 and may sell work out of their spaces.

The 35 individual artist studios feature oversized, industrial sliding doors with inset glass window, ample natural light, electrical outlets, concrete floors, and 14-foot ceilings. Sizes range from 168–648 square feet and larger spaces can be shared.

Due to the demand for studio space and our desire to maintain the highest standards and quality programming at Golden Belt, an application and review process for all new artists interested in studio space has been instituted.  All new artists will be required to submit an application and fee along with an artist’s statement, a CV including exhibition history, and three images of work most representative of their overall portfolio.  Each application will then be subject to a credit check and reviewed by the GB Artist Review Committee of five qualified individuals.  The GB Artist Review Committee consists of three notable members from the regional arts community, one rotating Golden Belt artist, and an artist liaison to Scientific Properties. As artists become “vetted”, they will be added to the waiting list for the next available studio.  If there is immediate studio availability, selected artists will be able to move in upon signing of the lease.  Note that applicants must pass a credit check and be selected by the Review Committee on the basis of their body of work.



Photo Gallery

Building Amenities

  • Mail room
  • Loading dock
  • Central gallery
  • 24-hour access
  • Conditioned space
  • Artist-in-residence program
  • Public arts-related events

Campus Amenities

  • On-site population 24/7
  • Creative atmosphere
  • Programmed public events on campus
  • Central location
  • Great highway access
  • Main street visibility & access
  • Ample, free parking
  • 24-hour security
  • Outdoor dinning & event space
  • Dense, pedestrian-friendly campus
  • Fitness center
  • Shower facilities for commuters
  • LEED-registered
  • Green & energy efficient
  • Sustainable campus
  • Reduced carbon footprint