Lead Belt Studio is a new venue in Nottingham, with a focus on painting great looking miniatures and teaching others to do the same. We promote a healthy, supportive, fun and enjoyable environment of creativity and inclusivity, where we can enjoy this wonderful hobby together!

With space for up to 16 people in our main painting area, we’re set to offer Weekly Workshops and Weekend Masterclasses, as well as personal tuition.


Resident AND GUEST painterS

The Studio is run by James Griffiths, our resident painter, who has decades of hobby experience painting miniatures for himself and others. James works on commissions from the studio and is also our regular teacher.

There are also amazing guest painters, visiting the Studio to provide expert tuition. Wielder of many Slayer Swords, David Soper, taught his Troggoth Masterclass in September, and is set to return in 2020, along with a host of other fantastic painters ready to share their advice. Check out our events page for details of all the visitors we have lined up!

Why Lead Belt?

In the early days of miniature manufacturing the casts of the models contained lead. The area around Nottingham was (and still is) a hotbed of miniature production, and it was often referred to as the Lead Belt!

Lead may no longer be used in miniatures, but Nottingham remains the Lead Belt in our hearts, so what better name for a studio located in the heart of the city?


Finding us

Lead Belt Studio is in the center of Nottingham, a 10 minute walk away from the city centre and easily accessible by nearby bus and tram stops:

  • Closest tram stop: Nottingham Trent University

  • Closest bus stops: NTU City Campus G1 and NTU City Campus G3

There is unfortunately no on-site parking for visitors, as the spaces in Chaucer Court are reserved for other businesses owners, though we are working on securing some spaces in the future.

There is a multi-story car park just over the road, the Nottingham Central Q-Park, and it offers a special rate of £6 per-day if you enter and exit the park within the hours of 09:00 and 18:00 on a weekend.



Lead Belt Studio is based in an old building and unfortunately there is no lift to our first floor workspace. In addition, the disabled bathroom is on the ground floor. We hope to come up with a solution to this as time goes on, but if this may provide issues with your visit, please get in touch. We will do whatever we can to work something out.


Lead Belt Studio
Unit 11, Chaucer Court Workshops
Chaucer Street