LET THE BEACON SHINE!
LET THE BEACON SHINE!
Join us, to launch a season of artistic events & workshops by transforming a derelict pub into an independent creative community space.
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About this project
The local community, St Ann's Projects and The Howie Smith Project wish to bring a Spring and Summer season of creative events and activities from out of the confines of the city and into the urban neighbourhood, by transforming a derelict pub.
A creative space for everyone
The old Beacon will become a self-sustaining flexible place, to share, learn, teach, swap skills, fix, make and create. A place to meet, to eat, to grow, to be part of the community. A place where collaborative art is part of the everyday experience. A safe space where people of all ages, young and old, can come together.
From April to September 2014 we plan to deliver educational workshops and classes, artistic events, exhibitions and live music performances, craft fayres & markets, communal feasts and celebrations for all local people to enjoy and take part in.
The former Beacon pub on Bluebell Hill in St Ann's, Nottingham -once a vibrant, fondly remembered meeting spot for the local community- has stood as an eyesore to surrounding residents for 6-8 years now. Since closure it has fallen foul to vandalism, the neigbourhood struggle with drug crime and fly tipping. The building and land around it has continued to be broken into, abused and misused.
The Howie Smith Project was approached by Martin and Carly of St Ann's Projects and the Zig Zag Community Garden, adjacent to the abandoned site. Over the past year and a half St Ann's Projects has been a rallying point for the local neighbourhood, with residents working together to transform a vacant plot of land, build a sense of community and care; showing concern for the condition of the Beacon site, and seeking to change it.
The Howie Smith Project will aid the necessary regeneration of the building to make it safe and useable. In the first few months repairs are being costed and brought about. We need to address electrics, plumbing, the repair of damaged windows and a leaking roof, and redesign and decorate the interior before the doors can open.
Work has already begun -repainting the boards, cutting down overgrowth, sweeping up the rubbish, planting herbs and flowers - simple things that have had a big effect. The fly tipping has almost stopped and there is a definite buzz about the what's to come.
St Ann's Projects want to open in the spring with an exhibition of memories, oral history and photographs, telling the story of the Beacon in it's heyday. For the future, plans are afoot for evening classes, bike workshop, fixing space, local interest library, community café & a weekly market. All this is possible, but it can only happen after the building is made safe and suitable – that's why we need Kickstarter, and you, to let the Beacon shine!
Risks and challenges
With a twenty year portfolio of successfully transforming derelict spaces for use by a creative community one would hope that we have got it right. With a major involvement in the local creative scene and links to artists and artist practitioners in the city willing to see this project happen there is a lot of support. Through experience we have confidence in estimating that the expense of the work involved will be covered by the monies sought. However, in all projects the unexpected can occur, especially in the case of dealing with properties that have stood vacant for a long time. It takes a good team of dedicated skilled people to bring out the repairs at the minimal costs listed, offering volunteer services to ensure success and then deliver the programme of events within the space once open.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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