The Creative Foundation in Folkestone offered us a beautiful old arcade building for the whole of December to create a pop up shop, workshop space and Student Makers Festival.
We raised enough funding to transform the space and put on a programme of inspiring talks and excellent practical workshops through: the Creative Foundations Festival Fund, Shepway District Councils High Street innovation fund and a successful Kickstarter campaign delivered in partnership with the RSA.
‘Young makers are often natural entrepreneurs – creative, innovative and visionary. But to be able to fulfil their creative potential, they first need to survive in this economic climate. We wanted to bring our community together to help them get started – to supply a space to work, professional skills, connections to people who can help them and places to showcase their talents.’ Lisa Oulton, Director Future Foundry
The aims of the project were:
- to showcase our home grown creative talent
- to introduce inspiring and exciting role models
- to offer awesome workshops in making, online selling, crowdfunding, soc ent, business modelling, printmaking, digital manufacturing
- to find the most creative and innovative young people in our community and bring them together to see what we can make happen!
The programme of talks and workshops included:
The Importance of Building an Online Portfolio and How to Create a Global Business from your Bedroom by Alex Brownless from the Internation Portfolio Site Arts Thread.
Online Selling by Patricia Van Den Akker from the Design Trust
Face to Face Selling by David Lilford from The Lilford Gallery
Coding, Robotics and Arduino for Designers by hybrid design studio rootoftwo
Kitchen Table Screen Printing with Creative Quarter Artist Susan McKenna