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.
Environmental – 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
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
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
Art – THSP encourages the diversity of the arts and how
it utilises alternate spaces, and supports the freedom of expression within
Richmond House Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1
THE HOUSE PROJECT
in collaboration with The Stone Soup Project
THE TELEVISION WORKSHOP
THE STONE SOUP ACADEMY
IS NOW CLOSED
The buildings are awaiting demolition
is currently transient
and seeking new space
A CENTRE FOR CREATIVITY,
AN INTERNET WORK HUB
AND MEETING ROOM,
A PERFORMANCE AND
AN EVENT SPACE
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.
six months the premise was granted planning permission and with
the site ready to open its doors, access to the site withdrawn
The City Gallery, the site at
14a Long Row stands now transformed to
THE FIVE LEAVES BOOKSHOP
Independent general bookshop since 2000
WRITERS GROUP HQ
a meeting place, a study
place, a place for writing, workshops, and literary performance
a facility for
education in the arts
a community space
a space for making
across the courtyard from
the Five leaves Bookshop
offers affordable desk space
for start-up creative business
in a shared office environment
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.