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Essex gives a funding boost to a Colchester Art Studio

26 October 2017

An arts organisation operating in Colchester has been awarded funding thanks to the Essex County Council Cultural Development Strategic Grant.

The SPACE Toolkit talks will support capacity building of small creative businesses and artists in Essex and encourage start-ups.

The funding will enable SPACE to bring their Toolkit talks for the first time to Essex which are designed to support the creative industries, from experienced businesses to recent graduates.

The Cultural Development Strategic Fund is aimed specifically at the varied cultural organisations in Essex by supporting them to deliver exciting programmes of work which galvanize communities and help to positively impact the lives of Essex residents. There will be a series of monthly talks which will take place at Queen Street, and the next session will be hosted on the 2nd November.

SPACE is an art organisation which operates 37 Queen Street Colchester. The redeveloped site launched in December 2016, and is a creative hub, providing studios, co-working desk space and networking facilities for creative and digital businesses, artists and makers.

37 Queen Street has been awarded £8000 through Essex County Council’s Cultural Development Strategic Fund.

During the session, Je Ahn, founder of London based architecture practice ‘Studio Weave’, will lead an interactive session on architecture and his experience of working on projects from Crossrail, to renovating historic houses and how his practice brings together architecture, design, craft and art.

Cllr Susan Barker, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customer said, “Essex County Council are proud to support this project which encourages local creativity from everyone, from experienced businesses who are looking for new inspiration and graduates who would like to consider their future career.

“We are pleased to facilitate the workshops, which encourage development and growth from local artists and residents in our county.”