Rogue Artists Studios: Naomi Kashiwagi

This week marks the start of a series of guest posts from artists working at Rogue Artists Studios in Manchester, looking at how they have adapted their spaces to suit their needs. The first is from Naomi Kashiwagi, who utilises the space in her studio to compliment the way she works.
I work as Student Engagement Coordinator at Whitworth Art Gallery and also as an artist. I have a studio at Rogue Artist Studios in Manchester. Established in 1995, Rogue is a not-for-profit artists studios and is now the largest independent studio group in the North West with ninety seven artists working in 30,000 square feet of space over three floors of Chapeltown Mill. Members range from recent graduates to established practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines and media; including drawing, film and video, illustration, installation, interactive art, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles. Rogue Artists Studios (for hyperlink:
My practice playfully provokes the fringes of disciplines and genres, the intersections and impacts of visual art and music upon one another and the cyclical nature of obsolescence and technological innovation. I work through reinvention- recycling the redundant and that of the established order to reveal the ordinary as being inherently extraordinary. I explore the potential of things beyond their prescribed uses by transforming their utilitarian and conceptual function and making unorthodox connections.
Exhibitions and performances include Playtime, Cornerhouse, Manchester (November 2014), Gramophonica, Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (June 2014) Innsbruck International: Festival of the Arts, Innsbruck, Austria (2013),SOUNDWORKS, ICA, London (2012), Progress Reports: Art in an era of diversity, INIVA, Rivington Place London (2010) and The Intertwining Line: Drawing as Subversive Art, Cornerhouse, Manchester (2008).


Studio 1ab

Studio 1ab. Desk (average size desk) with a kneel chair (good for posture, but also fits under the table when I’m not using it). Standing Desk (this is just a shelf from B&Q and my laptop and typewriter (!) fit on top- fixed at the height it is for good posture- elbow height.

Studio 2

Studio 2. Mezzanine floor table – shelf fixed at elbow height in sat down position- means I can work there on a laptop and also acts as a shelf.

Studio 3

Studio 3. Coffee table: used as an additional light table that can be moved around easily. I made the legs shorter so it could be a table I use on my mezzanine floor table.


Studio 4. Big Table- standing height- this wasn’t custom built, so not at elbow height, but work standing or sitting (!) It’s very sturdy and big, so it also doubles up as a mezzanine floor. I have a small step ladder that I use to climb to the mezzanine. Underneath I store big drawings, large sheets of paper and also have conservations archive materials there for storing my work.



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