Our 100% is safe! Thank you so much to ALL our backers and supporters!
We're now hugely excited to aim a bit higher!
Our new stretch target is £3,000 - this will enable us to bring some exciting digital workshops to Folkestone.
We'd love to.....hire a 3D printer...paint with electric paint and build a Theremin!
Please help us create the Student Makers' Festival
- to showcase our home grown creative talent
- to introduce inspiring and exciting role models
- to offer awesome workshops in making, online selling, crowdfunding, soc ent, business modelling, printmaking, digital manufacturing
- to find the most creative and innovative young people in our community and bring them together to see what we can make happen!
Young makers are often natural entrepreneurs - creative, innovative and visionary. But to be able to fulfil their creative potential, they first need to survive in this economic climate. We are bringing our community together to help them get started - to supply a space to work, professional skills, connections to people who can help them and places to showcase their talents.
We’ve been given the opportunity to create a month long Student Makers' Festival.
The Creative Foundation in Folkestone have offered us a beautiful old arcade building for the whole of December. And not Just for Students! The programme of inspiring talks and workshop will be open to all! And the showcase will involve young unemployed people, graduates and school students!!
But our building is empty!
With a successful Kickstarter campaign, we can create a fantastic exhibition space, equip our workshop and create a fantastic launch event!
We need to raise £2,000 to:
To fit out the production workshop with equipment to enable our young designers to learn, share skills and make their work.
To transform this empty building into a fabulous festival, workshop and exhibition venue.
To create a programme of workshops and talks in local towns: Folkestone, Canterbury, Whitstable and Margate!
To create a launch event to congratulate our young makers and to thank everyone who's helped us. You can come too!
All of our rewards will be limited edition pieces, designed and made by our talented emerging designers, plus some rewards ONLY AVAILABLE TO CAMPAIGN BACKERS!
We will give you updates on how our young makers are getting on and we'll mention you in our Student Makers Thank You Video too!
We are hugely grateful to all our local supporters. The Creative Foundation in partnership with Shepway District Council have assisted our Student Makers' Festival with support towards a programme of inspirational speakers and hands-on public workshops for local young creatives, schools and youth groups and we are now fund raising to transform this empty building into a Festival building.
Folkestone is a charming old harbour town already using the arts for regeneration. It's friendly, creative and working hard to turn it's fortunes around but still statistically an area of deprivation - with high levels of youth unemployment, teenage pregnancy and empty shops. We want to work with as many local makers as we can and enable young people from all backgrounds to get involved.
The Story So Far....
Since June we have brought young makers together to create vibrant mini markets within established street markets, festivals and galleries to showcase the creative talent in the area, build the young creative community and help them achieve their ambitions.
Students receive FREE stalls and equipment supported by workshops to help them prepare, give them confidence and get them working as a team. Its not just students! We work with unemployed young people and graduates too, in areas struggling with high levels of youth unemployment and many other problems.
We created the Canterbury Student Makers Market to showcase the work of young creative people in a low cost, city centre venue and to bring them together to create a strong creative community as well as connect them to other groups in the city, like the business community and market. The partnership involved Future Foundry, Canterbury City Partnerships, Canterbury Market and the Creative Student Network.
We have been supported until December to run Student Makers' Markets by the RSA Catalyst Fund and by Canterbury Festival's Prosper initiative created in partnership with Workers of Art and the Map Consortium and funded by Arts Council England.
The students bring innovation and entertainment to the regular street market, attracting new visitors and helping the market thrive, it also enables the young people to build networks, make friends and establish their practice. They learn a broad range of skills from the people around them, teaching them that the skills they need to progress already exist in their own community and that they just need to find them and ask for help.
We are now building partnerships to develop other ways of showing student work across east Kent.
We will keep you informed with updates regarding our plans for the festival as we raise funds and confirm workshops and speakers. We will continue to keep you informed after the festival with updates on our students progress.
Risks and challenges
We have secured the venue for the Festival and are starting to book in speakers and workshops, so this is where there may be changes, though we will inform all supporters as we get new information.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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