The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
On the 24 May Meanwhile Space and New Deal of the Mind launched a new venture in an empty shop in one of London’s most vibrant streets, Exmouth Market. The shop has become a creative hub with activities already programmed to include a pop-up think tank, a museum of stories and photography and a history shop, run by NDotM. With a minimum of three months secured, the aim of the shop is to animate the empty space and bring diversity to a London High Street.
The launch included speeches from our own Martin Bright, CEO of New Deal of the Mind and Sam Milsom from our Time/IMAGE project, who will be involved in running our History Shop. As it was also Clerkenwell Design Week we hosted Christian Dillon from the Pallet Project. Christian showcased his fantastic designs using wood found on the streets of London with over 100 guests viewing his furniture. We were so impressed with all of his designs that Martin even took one of the chairs home.
The pop up shop provides a great way of using disused space amongst young artists and groups looking to trail their ideas within a creative space. The huge response to proposals shows just how much of a need there is for creative spaces, such as the one we are running. This want needs to be recognised by Local Authorities and Landlords able to donate empty space for short periods of time, not just in London but all over the country.
To see full listing of the space please visit the Meanwhile Space Website.
And to see the photo’s from the launch night please visit the Facebook Album.