Currently raising funds through Spacehive, Hub A aims to provide an affordable creative space for individuals and start-up businesses in Hull city centre.
We caught up with the Something Entirely Different team to find out exactly what this building will mean to creative individuals in Hull.
Firstly, can you tell us a little bit more about the project?
The idea is to have a building in Hull city centre that people from a variety of different industries can use to access creative resources, and to help them further their own careers in the arts.
It’s been in the works for about six years. Around eight years ago we started promoting local artists and trying to help them reach a wider audience. The end goal was to create an alternative learning experience. It’s only recently that this has become a possibility, thanks to Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
There are already a few spaces in Hull where artists can rent space and work. But our opinion is that the more of these places there are available, the better. We’re offering dirt-cheap spaces for people to work and develop their skills.
What does a shared studio space mean?
Our main focus for the building is providing a communal area where people get their own desk in a co-working space. It’s a great environment for collaborating with people with a different or similar set of skills. We want to make a real community vibe in the space. This will cost individuals as little as £50 per month.
We’re also offering private offices for start-ups, and of course, these businesses can pop down to the shared studio to collaborate and chat with the individuals. These start at £150 per month. It’s all about helping and inspiring each other.
Why is this so important for creatives who are just starting out?
A lot of students, amateurs and freelancers end up cooped up at home drawing, designing and making. It can make a person go crazy! A co-working area and community like this will allow them to get out of the house and meet others like them.
We’ve also got our A Creative Hull page on Facebook, a digital community that connects people who perhaps don’t want to go out, but still want to share their work and passion.
You mentioned work-based opportunities, can you tell us a bit more about these?
We’re working with local businesses to provide work experience for students and amateurs. Work experience can be hard to secure, so this is a great opportunity for those who want a really creative internship.
We’ll hopefully have a different person come and work with us each month.
What can people expect when they hire a space?
We’re planning to have a lot of resources. If you require a laptop, you’ll have to bring your own along. Although we’re hoping to have a couple spare that are connected to printers, scanners etc.
We’re going to have a print workshop with 3D printers and screen-printing equipment for merchandise and art. We’ve also recently been donated the use of a laser cutter. A library of useful books will be built up as we go along.
It's an exciting project and we want as many people to get behind it as possible.
If you want to help Hub A come to fruition, check out their Spacehive crowdfunding page, where you can pledge donations to cover the initial costs.
The not-for-profit building will be fitted out with a shared studio space, along with private offices offering work-based opportunities for local people. sobananapenguin have donated and we highly recommend that you do too.