Our aim is to create a flexible workshop facility in Leyton, East London, that will supplement the practice of artists and designers, providing access to a broad range of technical equipment and expertise in an encouraging creative environment. We hope that the space will act as the foundation of a new creative community.
Paul Clowney (1946-2012)
Most people are not particularly concerned about what happens to their material possessions after they pass away. Then again my dad, Paul Clowney, was no ordinary man. He was an artist, designer, photographer, animator, builder and a hoarder extraordinaire; a man who was incapable of throwing anything away. His obsessive hoarding resulted in a vast and hugely diverse collection of equipment used in the production of creative work. This includes screen printing, photography, digital design, sculpture, wood and metalworking equipment.
In the early hours of April 6th 2012 Paul peacefully passed away, after living with cancer for two years. He was much loved and is sorely missed by those who knew him.
Thankfully I had the opportunity to talk with my Dad before he passed away about the future of his possessions. Working as an artist myself and having had access to his workshop throughout my formative years gave me the opportunity to develop creatively, for which I am forever grateful. It is therefore fairly instinctive to ensure his collection equips and inspires artists in the future. Make Work Space was devised as the solution together with Paul.
Make Work Space
Make Work Space is the space in Leyton, East London, that is being configured to house all of this equipment. It will operate as a series of Art and Design workshop facilities in conjunction with five studio spaces. The facilities will be accessible to the studio holders alongside a much wider membership of artists and designers.
It will consist of:
- 5 x Studio spaces
- Wood workshop
- Metal workshop
- Photographic darkroom
- Photographic studio
- Screen printing area
- Small Library
- Communal/Kitchen area
Work on the studio spaces commenced in September. Two are near completion, and a further three have yet to be built. Once this is completed, work will begin on the large mezzanine where the screen printing and library will be located. The next stage is to take on the ground floor workshop spaces installing new wiring, lighting, extraction, all of the equipment, workshop furniture and storage units. Finally if there is any money spare we will purchase the few pieces of equipment which are missing - a MIG welder, thicknesser/planer and a plunge cut saw.
Its a huge job and thus far it has been constructed by just two of us so if you enjoy this kind of thing, we'd always appreciate an extra pair of hands.
We chose to use Kickstarter as our platform to raise funds because of its global reach.
This project is as much about sharing my Dad's photography and continuing a creative legacy as it is about creating a space to house his equipment. His work has never been exhibited to the public and most of it has never been properly printed before. Until now they have only existed as 35mm slides.
Our goal is to reach £10,000 which is how much we have budgeted for the complete set up of the space. In case you didn't know it's all or nothing with Kickstarter - if we don't raise the total, we don't get a penny!
Your support would mean a huge amount to everyone involved. It will be the foundation of a new community.
Two types of Pledges
There are two types of Pledge available to you:
High quality C-Type prints of Paul Clowney's photography. Printed on Fuji matt and available in sizes from A5 through to A0. There are around 180 photos to chose from. Please visit photos.paulclowney.com to choose your print.
The second type of pledge is participation in classes at Make Work Space. In casting and photographic developing. This will make use of the Make Work Space workshop facilities that your contribution will fund.
Please help to spread the word by sharing with your friends.
Your support is much appreciated by everyone involved.
Risks and challenges
Risks? Yes there are risks any number of things that could happen, fire, theft, a serious accident, but in general the project is low risk. I will of course do everything that I can to provide all of the contributors with what is pledged.
Unfortunately we can't get your prints out in time for Christmas, but it could still be offered as a present! They will be sent out to you Jan/Feb 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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