We know its a been quite a while since we have been in touch with you. The difficulties of securing an affordable lease on the High Street for a temporary creative hub has been rather a challenge, and we have had a lot of competition for bidding for viable spaces, which has meant we have had to keep this very top secret until the deal was done!
As of 31 May, we have the keys to 3 – 5 High Street, what was Denman’s Electrical Shop next to the Station pub. It is a large space with a car park and can host a variety of possibilities – exhibitions and events and workshops and more.
The next step is getting the building into a safe state for public access and if anyone would like to volunteer to help us with this it would be greatly appreciated. We will also be setting up some sessions to paint the inside of the venue and clear land at the back – please respond below or by email if you are happy to help in June.
Over the next few weeks, we will be planning how best to use the venue from July onwards. This is likely to include markets, exhibitions, making and using the space. If you have specific ideas about how you would like to use the space please let us know. We still have all the notes from the brainstorming sessions which we will continue to use to guide us – but we want this to be a space for our local creative community so your views count.
We also plan to talk to existing local arts organisations – like Made in Kings Heath, Birmingham Open Studios, Trad Arts Team, Art Works and others – to see how we can help promote and complement their offer.
Other more general early plans include a joint arts event with The Station on 3rd August and we also plan to use the venue to creatively celebrate the annual Street Festival on 9th September.