Inky Cuttlefish Studios set up in 2007. We have worked in partnership and with a variety of high profile artists, charities, organisations and groups in our local community, London, Berlin and South Africa. Clients have included Museum of London (both sites), Pirate Castle (Camden), William Morris Gallery, Learning Disability Experience (formerly WF Mencap), colleges, schools, community groups. In 2015, they moved into Gnome House, a new community and creative space in Walthamstow, East London. It comprises a printmaking workshop, a cafe (opening soon), a meeting room and a large community creative space available for hire. This space is being run by the Gnome House Community Interest Company (CIC) with volunteer directors from the local neighbourhood.  Anna Alcock is Director of Inky Cuttlefish Studios and one of three voluntary Directors of Gnome House CIC.

The primary goals of the studio are to:

  1. creative, friendly atmosphere
  2. selling original artwork created by local artists
  3. giving art lovers an opportunity to find out where and how original unique artwork is created. We have regular exhibitions and open days with demonstrations for our local community.
  4. have a working printmaking studio that is available for hire to the community from Monday-Friday 10-3pm
  5. running a variety of art workshops for the community – this includes a focus on disabled engagement through different artforms.
  6. providing different membership options for creatives to use the studio.
  7. having morning drop in art clinics three days a week for pre-booked groups and individuals.
  8. organising art events for artists and the local community
  9. provide exhibition opportunities for studio artists and invited artists
  10. provide Artist in Residence opportunities for artists eager to learn more about how to run and manage a studio, and give them opportunities and time in the studio to learn more about printmaking

 2017 Workshops at Inky Cuttlefish Studios

STUDIO CLOSED at the following times to visitors and open access users, please feel free to come along to the workshops if you see something that you would like:

Monday mornings: 10-10.45am. Kids TOTS workshops – drop in: £3 

Tuesday mornings: 10.30-12.30pm.  Disabled women’s workshops – get in touch

Wednesday mornings: Health&Wellbeing – Intermediate/Advanced printmaking – drop in £5/session, materials not included.

Saturday mornings: Kids Art workshops – drop in: £5. 

Call ahead to book open access to use the printmaking studio.


Environmental Policy Statement

Inky Cuttlefish Studios is an artist led printmaking studio with creative spaces for other, freelance artists. The studio also offers community activities and charity events.
Inky Cuttlefish Studios aims to protect the environment by ensuring the sustainable use and disposal of scarce resources.   Inky Cuttlefish Studios will

  • Adopt and aim to apply the principles of sustainable development – that is, development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
  • Strive to adopt the highest available environmental standards in all areas of its operations.
  • Seek to carry out a total ‘life cycle assessment’ and responsibility for its activities.
  • Aim to minimise the use of all materials, supplies and energies
  • Minimise waste production in all areas of the organisation and aim for waste-free processes.
  • Purchase, where feasible, sustainable products for use in the organisations’ operations, ie recycled, Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) or low environmental impact products such as non- toxic paint and energy from renewable sources.
  • Encourage a pro-active attitude toward environmental improvement amongst associates.
  • Aim to include environmental and ethical considerations in investment decisions where appropriate.
  • Publicise its environmental position.
  • Encourage employee and associate involvement in environmental action.
  • Assess the environmental impact of all its operations on a continual basis and periodically review the environmental policy.
  • Assist in developing solutions to environmental problems and support the development of public policy.


Sustainable Procurement Policy



·         Inky Cuttlefish Studios will demonstrate to the community that their purchasing decisions can improve markets for recycled products, enhance environmental quality and be resource responsible. We prefer to purchase local, recycled and environmentally preferable products whenever they perform satisfactorily and are available at a reasonable price.

2. Definitions

·         Environmentally preferable products are products that don’t have a negative impact on human health and the environment when compared with competing products. This comparison may consider the source of raw materials, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, potential for reuse and recycling, operation, maintenance, or disposal of the product.
·         Recycled materials are materials that have been reprocessed from recovered material by means of a manufacturing process and made into a final product or into a component for incorporation into a product.
·         Recycled products are materials that have been recovered, processed and used as a raw material for the manufacture of a useful new product through a commercial process. These products will contain a specified percentage of material that would otherwise have been disposed of as waste.

3. Purchasing Goals

Wherever possible Inky Cuttlefish Studios employees and associates will pursue the following goals and adhere to the specified principles when purchasing products, materials and services.
·         A. Zero Waste
·Purchases shall only be made once it has been determined that the product or service is necessary.
·Purchasing decisions shall be made based on product capacity to reduce, reuse and recycle.

A.    REDUCE – Using less in the first place and avoiding waste. Examples of this include purchasing in bulk to reduce packaging and the purchase of printing equipment that prints double sided.
B.    REUSE – Using the same item more than once, this may be achieved through leasing arrangements or refurbishment of existing furniture and equipment. Ensure that new purchases are durable, have a long service life and are easy to maintain and upgrade.
C.    RECYCLE – Purchase products that contain materials that can be recycled or that have been made from recycled or remanufactured materials.

·         B. Zero Climate Damage
Purchase energy efficient products and materials by checking that the energy rating and efficiency features are the best available for the price.
Purchase materials and products that are free of toxic or polluting materials/ substances.
Purchase renewable energy and reduce the purchase of fossil fuels.Purchase goods that have not been transported long distances.

·         Zero Pollution
Purchase products and materials that will not release toxic substances that can pollute water, land (including soil erosion) or air at any stage of their life cycle.

4. Value for money

·         Purchasing decisions will be made on the basis of value for money, rather than just the cheapest up-front purchase price. Where choices are made on the basis of cost, the employee must detail the reasons for not purchasing recycled or environmentally preferable products.
·         It is recognised that in some cases the selection of environmentally preferable products and materials may be less competitive. Inky Cuttlefish Studios shall implement a price preference of 10% to encourage the purchase of recycled and environmentally preferable products.

5. Objectives

Inky Cuttlefish Studios shall

A.   Review quality, environment and purchasing criteria and revise this policy on an annual basis.
B.   Review purchasing specifications, tender documentation and contracts for compliance with this policy on an annual basis.
C.   Require its contractors and consultants to comply with this policy;
D.   Establish a staff awareness programme for the implementation of this policy;
E.   Ensure that staff have access to recycled product information;

6. Responsibility of Management

Inky Cuttlefish Studios management shall
A.   Develop and maintain information about recycled and environmentally preferable products;
B.   Inform employees of their responsibilities under this policy and provide them with information about recycled and environmentally preferable products and specifications

7. Buy Recycled Purchasing Programmes

Inky Cuttlefish Studios shall establish specific programmes for
A.   the purchase of recycled and re-manufactured studio products;
B.   reducing packaging in organisational purchases;
C.   the purchase of renewable energy and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels;
D.   studio refurbishment and new build developments

8. Corporate Social Responsibility

Products, services and materials should be preferentially sourced from organisations or individuals that demonstrate commitment to sustainability and quality. For example, preference will be given to a supplier who
A.   has an environmental policy in place;
B.   has an accredited environment management system;
C.   has a documented waste reduction strategy;
D.   meets the relevant quality standards for a particular product or service;
E.   has a good track record for quality and environmental performance; and/or
F.    is licensed under an independent eco-labelling system.






Inky Cuttlefish Limited: Company Number 6510378
Director: Anna Alcock