Mark, Claire and myself met while working in Burns Street Studios, a converted Victorian ex shoe factory in central Northampton. We quickly discovered that working alongside each other was inspiring, helpful for critiques and side splittingly funny. We also realised that the size of our work was increasing and that we needed more space. We decided to scout around our town for possible new studio space. We had in mind an industrial ex factory, grubby but with potential to provide us with masses of light and space. We wanted room to work but also a space that could, in the future, host residencies, artists talks and possibly exhibition space.
After walking around and looking up a lot we happened upon The Albion Brewery building which had recently been revived by Phipps Brewery and was brewing local ale again after an absence of 40 years. The building has masses of room and the owners were looking to install other small businesses or artists within the space. Mel Tudno-Jones, the brewery manager and Alaric Neville, the brewery owner and director gave us a tour of the whole building and we finally arrived on the 4th floor. It immediately felt like our space.
We have created this page, because our lovely new studio is a bit tired and old and grubby and we have no money to buy her a new frock.
The funds raised by anyone generous enough to donate will buy us a new sink, all new electrics and paint for the floor and walls.
We have set up our company Albus 3 with plans in the near future to host a number of projects and artist led events around Northampton. The brewery will be our day to day working space and the base for our ideas, plans and hopefully the venue for future events.
Many thanks for reading this and we are eternally grateful for anyone generous enough to donate and support us.
Cheers! Sam P Gibson.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge for us at this stage is raising the money to cover the costs of starting up our business and getting the studio ready to work in. We have had so much positive feedback from artist friends interested in coming to our space or collaborating on projects around our town. We know we can make a difference and enhance what is already a vibrant artist community within Northampton.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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