A 'Howie' - a forgotten hollow
(from Ayrshire - Scotland)
A 'Smith' - A skilled person, an artisan, a jack of all trades.

Creative spaces for creative people.

THE HOWIE SMITH PROJECT
A PHD study in regeneration and the creative community

"A Social Enterprise supporting regeneration and the use of derelict spaces
to create artistic opportunity for the benefit of the Community"

 
Station Street Studios, Nottingham NG2
  The City Gallery, Nottingham
 

The Corner, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1

  The Beacon on Bluebell Hill
St Ann's Nottingham
  Oriel Chambers Courtyard, NG1
The Five Leaves Bookshop
  The Nottingham Writers Studio
25 Hockley Nottingham NG1
  City Arts Nottingham
11-13 Hockley Nottingham NG1
  Desk Space
15 Smithy Row, NG1
 

Public Art in Nottingham
Station Street #rebelnotts
Lace Market #creativenotts


Links to spaces in Nottm.
  LEICESTER
Humberstone Gate
  Information



Sixty-Eight Humberstone Gate is currently undergoing a new transformation and further refurbishment.
In Leicester's Cultural Quarter



The Howie Smith Project is an Independent PHD study into the use of derelict and empty buildings and spaces, for creatives and the creative industries, by artist Robert Howie Smith.
Alongside academic research, several case studies to be documented in line with his studies, have been set up in Nottingham, exploring potential and supporting possibilities.



The Howie Smith Project
(THSP)
.recognises and supports:

Regeneration – Identifying buildings, that are an unnecessary eyesore in the community, for their potential, will set about a change in neighbourhood decline and provide hope from despair in the recovery.

Social Impact
– Each project has an impact on society, creating affordable and variable space from dereliction, involving the community, and understanding the needs of the creative community.

Environmenta
l – THSP take on widespread environmental issues dealing with dereliction, and consider alternate methods of working practices and methods encouraged by alternate technology and energy sources.

Recycling and Waste
– Wherever possible it is important to use recycled materials, wood, brick, paint, furniture, equipment etc., to cut down on excess that goes to landfill. THSP work locally with business to make use of waste products, and offer recycle opportunities.

Community
– There are many people in the community that benefit from creating space for community artistic uses and each project hopes to outreach to all interested parties and outline how they can be included.

Volunteer Opportunities and work experience
– The creation of space involves the participation of volunteers eager to support each project and are core to each success. Volunteering falls into the many categories of each project from administration, management, construction, public services, education and learning.
There are many opportunities for skill-share.

Mentoring / Training
– Working with volunteers it is important to provide a level of understanding of the individual, their needs, their circumstances,
seeking positive interaction and encouragement.
THSP works to ensure health and safety standards are met and sustained.

Employment/Self-employment
– Success of each project, on a financial level, leads to the opportunity of employment within the project structure, and the prospect of earning individually through utilising space as a self-employed person, opportunity to develop, teach; consider education in the arts, development, creativity and expression.

Financial Sustainment
– THSP supports to a level of profitability, developing methods of financial support and exploring techniques of fund-raising from mostly within.

Independence
– THSP wants independence for each community project and the people working within each project, to ensure the needs of the community are met. THSP supports the artists and artists groups to achieve independence for the benefit of their development.

Education
– Alongside the learning aspect of volunteer work, the creation of space allow community members to teach their skills to the wider population. Providing equipment and facilities is an important part of each project, ensuring the tools and equipment are available for growth within the spaces provided.

Creating Space
– Aids artistic growth – providing space for artists to work and develop and promote individually, yet with the collaborative support of the artists community within each project and across projects. A platform is provided for live music, theatre, performance, exhibition, installation, teaching, events and community practice.

Tourism
– The spaces provide an artistic interest, a point of education and promotion for the arts and therefore fit into tourist interests.

Art
– THSP encourages the diversity of the arts and how it utilises alternate spaces, and supports the freedom of expression within the arts.

   Station Street Studios, Nottingham

CREATIVE STUDIOS
AND WORKSHOPS TO RENT
The PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY 'EXHIBITIONS'
Specialist Handprinting DARKROOM
2nd hand BOOK SHOP
HAIR SALON and training
NAIL ART & Beauty Therapy SALON
TATTOO STUDIO
recycle wood and woodworkshop, paint store
DANCE STUDIO
MUSIC ROOM
REHEARSAL STUDIOS

   The City Gallery, Nottingham

THE CITY GALLERY
is currently transient
and seeking new space

 

 The Corner, Lace Market, Nottingham

A CENTRE FOR CREATIVITY,
AN INTERNET WORK HUB
AND MEETING ROOM,
A PERFORMANCE AND
REHEARSAL THEATRE,
A GALLERY,
WORKSHOP SPACE,
WORK OFFICES,
CREATIVE STUDIOS,
DESK SPACE.
AN EVENT SPACE

A COMIC STORE

  The Beacon on Bluebell Hill, St Ann's

Working with local community members of St Ann's Projects and the neighbouring Zig Zag Community Gardens, The Howie Smith Project began looking into ways to bring the former Beacon Pub building back on line after several years of dereliction.

Unfortunately after six months the premise was granted planning permission and with the site ready to open its doors, access to the site withdrawn

  Oriel Chambers Courtyard, Smithy Row
The Five Leaves Bookshop

Formerly The City Gallery, the site at
14a Long Row stands now transformed to
THE FIVE LEAVES BOOKSHOP

Nottingham's first Independent general bookshop since 2000

  The Nottingham Writers Studio
25 Hockley Nottingham
 

THE NOTTINGHAM WRITERS GROUP HQ

a meeting place, a study place, a place for writing, workshops, and literary performance

  City Arts Nottingham
25 Hockley Nottingham
 

CITY ARTS
NOTTINGHAM

a facility for education in the arts
a community space
a workshop
a space for making

  Desk Space -shared office accomodation
15 Smithy Row, Nottingham
 

situated across the courtyard from
the Five leaves Bookshop
DESK SPACE
offers affordable desk space
for start-up creative business
in a shared office environment

  Public Art in Nottingham
Station Street #rebelnotts
Lace Market #creativenotts
 

CREATING OUTDOOR SPACES
FOR PUBLIC ART -
THSP TOWN TEAM
A project that involves public art sites at Station street and in the Lace Market, to improve dereliction and affect footfall to derelict areas.

    Future Projects- Leicester's Cultural Quarter  

LEICESTER
Two premises at the entrance to the proposed creative quarter of the city.

Sixty-Eight Humberstone Gate is currently undergoing a new transformation and further refurbishment.





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 “Bohemia : any place where one could live and work cheaply, and behave unconventionally; a community of free souls beyond the pale of respectable society.”
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