Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Creative Space Ideas

Having looked through all the different Silent Cities projects, I have narrowed it down to the general promoting of Silent Cities - designing an Annual report or the Creative Spaces project at the Clarence Works in Sheffield.  After brainstorming some ideas for both projects, I have decided to choose Creative Spaces.  Before I decide how I am going to advertise/promote the space available to let, I need to figure out a target audience that could use the space. Below are a list of different subject areas, people/groups or things that the space could be used for:

Creative People

  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • Art Studio/Exhibition work
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion
  • Music
  • English Language - Writers/Poets etc

Charities/Organisations to help people

  • Domestic Violence
  • Young offenders - Hidden talent/no education etc - need an extra push in the right direction
  • Drug addicts
  • Social Workers - People that have real stories to discuss/get help, advice and support/group sessions e.g. building up confidence activities/ help find jobs/housing/fundraising events etc

Other Organisations/Groups

  • Feminist groups
  • Children/Nursery - different groups, Brownies etc
  • People with learning difficulties - Activities/days out etc
  • Mums - Work away from home, bring kids with them etc
  • Illness related organisations - Support work/group sessions etc
  • Self employed
  • Teenagers - A place to work away from home
  • Single parents/young mums
  • Entrepreneurs - Setting up charities that need a place to work
  • Volunteer workers - Passionate about helping the disadvantaged community
  • Advertising - Meetings on how to advertise and promote their organisations

There are various ways that you could advertise this workspace, some below are:

  • Mini booklet with images and stories - e.g. The silent communities lives
  • Videos/digital media
  • Advertise through companies
  • Online Adverts - Banners/websites/Gumtree/Sheffield Forum etc
  • Articles in papers/magazines
  • Leaflets/Posters
  • Direct Mail packages/Flyers
  • Fund Raising Events
  • Logos - Mascots to represent company etc

A little bit more about the Creative Spaces Project that I need to keep into consideration:
'Affordable Office Space'
Sick of working from home but can’t afford to get an office of your own yet? So are we. That’s why we’ve bagged some affordable premises to share with other emerging social entrepreneurs and creative peeps:‘A place at the table’.

If you’re looking for a friendly, supportive environment at a price you can afford, contact us to book your place at the table.
What table membership includes…
From as little as £50 a week, we’re providing affordable office space and companionship for start-up social entrepreneurs/creative sole traders including:
  • Your place at a friendly table.
  • Free wifi.
  • Use of meeting room/training room (up to four hours a week)
  • A nanan travel rug for chilly days.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Tea trolley doing its rounds at 10.00am, 3pm. G n t trolley 5.00pm;-)
Also available at reduced cost to members:
  • Evening hire of board room/meeting room/training room for your social enterprise’s board meetings or workshop delivery.
  • Hire/purchase of refurbished and recycled digital media equipment through one of our partners, Silence Breaker Media.
  • For those lacking the motivation to get out bed, we offer the ‘angry boss’ service where we pretend to be your boss and leave angry messages on your answering machine.
All this and the support of people making the same leap.
We’re sure you’ll agree, this all makes for a better crack than talking to your cat/postman.
Lovely as they are.
Interested? Contact us. We’ve only got two places left so be quick!
Your place will be available from October 2010.

Below are some photographs and a short video of the Creative Space at Clarence Works in Sheffield:

What makes it different?
  • Unlike so many office spaces, it's got soul!
  • Be around like-minded people - you're not on your own - ideal for start ups going mad working from home
  • Rent a desk, but get free access to a meeting room too (four hours a week, extra they pay for)
  • Drinks trolley!
  • Easy in and out
  • Flexible - desk share?
  • Free on-street parking
  • Free wifi
  • Postbox right outisde
  • Chip shop, greasy spoon and walks along the don, all on the doorstep
Who's the target audience?

Creative startups/new social enterprises - people who are losing their mind working from home!

What design problems need to be solved?

How to get in the punters - need rent out three desks and lots of bookings of the meeting/workshop room

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