Creative space Hub A opened in autumn 2017. We caught up with some members to find out more about the building.
The seeds were planted for Hub A over six years ago, when Something Entirely Different (designers of the famous Come to Hull, It’s Not Shit Anymore T-shirts) felt that there was an incredible need for a place where the creatives of Hull could work, connect and develop.
Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, to which individuals and businesses donated funds, their dream became a reality. Located next to the post office down Market Place in Hull’s Old Town, the multi-storey premises feature a shared co-working area, photography studio, printing workshop, and a library to which sobananapenguin contributes each month.
“I’m so happy that we chose the Old Town area; it’s such a great place and full of history and culture,” a PR-shy but generally awesome Hub A spokesperson tells us. “It can be hard for freelancers and creatives to progress in their careers when they have a limited budget for resources. We aim to change that. We've created a real community vibe, allowing people to skillshare, showcase their talents and meet new people.”
Trashland Studio was one of the first residents to move in: “I’d seen posts about Hub A online and already donated a few books to their library," says Ailsa Robinson. "Naturally, I was straight in there when they first opened to have a nosey around.”
“The building is an amazing space and has so much potential to build a fantastic community," she adds. "What started out as a way for Emma Phimister and I to pass the evenings has turned into something so much more than either of us first imagined.”
The two artists have been working on their own projects, as well as engaging the community and encouraging people to come down to Hub A: “At the moment, I'm painting rubbish and Emma is painting sad girls. We both playfully explore how bleak life can be,” says Ailsa. “We’ve also set up Radical Book Club with writer Claire Lacey. This is hosted on the last Sunday of every month."
Having their own office to work in has allowed the pair to focus more on their work, as well as collaborate with other members: "I personally am so much more proactive and positive about opportunities that come my way. For the first time, I'm confident in my ability to create. We've been working with freelance writer and journalist Harry Slater, who is also based in the building.”
Overall, Hub A provides the city’s up-and-coming talent with a space to work and experiment. A desk can be hired for a small monthly fee and you can also rent a room for an extremely competitive price.
“I would not hesitate to recommend joining Hub A to anyone. I bang on about it so much to everyone I know. The Hub A team is always on hand to help and listen to our ideas. For us, it was impossible to not want to join the journey of making it the huge success it will inevitably be.”
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