Colchester Life was at the official opening of 37 Queen St, Colchester’s new creative hub, this week, and we were impressed by the possibilities!
As part of the first steps towards the regeneration of the St Botolph’s area, SPACE, a leading visual arts organisation, has converted the old police station in Queen Street into an attractive, practical creative hub, providing studios, desk space for co-working and networking facilities for creative and digital businesses, artists and makers.
This lovely listed building is set over three floors, with a gorgeous enclosed courtyard at the back, and has had it interior divided into 40 studios and desk spaces with areas ranging from 66 sq ft to a whopping 471 sq ft. Prices for hire of the studios are, we think, extremely reasonably – starting at just £74 a month, making this a truly accessible option for individuals and small independents.
The building also offers a dedicated flexible working space, available on a daily, weekly or monthly rate, giving artists and makers the chance to work alongside other creatives in a professional environment.
Established by artists in 1968, SPACE already runs 18 artists’ studio buildings across 7 London boroughs, providing affordable creative workspace plus support programmes, such as exhibitions, artists’ residencies, bursaries and training opportunities, to enable artists to be sustainable. SPACE also delivers learning projects for schools, young people and communities to promote engagement with creativity and the arts.
That 37 Queen Street is the first SPACE site outside of London bodes well for the strength and resilience of our creative community. The refurbishment itself is very attractive – lots of beautiful wood and industrial style lighting. We really hope this is the beginning of a wonderful new phase for our creative community and that Colchester’s long list of amazing artistic independents can make full use of the opportunities this space affords.
For more details and to view studio space email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01206 809222.