Hello. We’re Cobden Place.
We’re a collective of creatives that includes design agencies, an independent gift store and an arts café that hosts meetings, discussions and film screenings. Now we need your support to add an exciting new element to what we already offer.
Your donation will help us set up The School of Print. This will be the Nottingham's only open access screen print facility. Open access means that any member of the public can be trained to use the equipment and drop into the space to access it and use our other facilities.
We will host more print based activities and workshops, reach out into the local community and invite more people to become part of our collective. More importantly, we want to give people the practical confidence they need to start their own businesses and add to the creative life of Nottingham city.
Our target is £8,000. This is the minimum amount of funding we need to set up the open access screen printing facility We have already had key pieces of screen printing equipment donated to us, but your pledges will help us buy the final parts and install them in Cobden Place. The School of Print will then be able to open its doors for public use, host screen printing workshops by industry professionals and our resident creatives, all for the people of Nottingham and the surrounding area.
Stretch Goal #1 !
If we achieve our goal of £8000 our next target is to raise funds for a new website for both our members and the general public, the site has already been designed by our in house design agency, Waste Studio and the next step is to build the site, we have a developer at the ready ! The new site will provide a great members experience for all attendees of the School of Print and Cobden Place, it includes an integrated booking system for booking out the print beds, meeting room, workshops, desk space and cafe and allows members to communicate with each other through an online forum!
In addition the new site will promote in house services we offer such as risograph and screen printing, photography, design and marketing and enable the public to better connect with our members and users to aid collaboration and growth.
Because we want to help support people who have a desire to be more creative in their work or daily lives. For people with an aptitude for screen printing or those who have a burgeoning interest in print and design, we want to be there at the start of them developing their creativity into a meaningful career and help generate ideas for new business start-ups.
Nottingham produces thousands of new graduates each year. We want them to stay in our city and start new businesses, making it a more vibrant place where new ideas can flourish.
By driving footfall into Cobden Place, you’ll help create interest in all our other businesses. You’ll bring in new customers for the cafe and gift shop, clients for the design agencies, people who want to access our co-working space and give people an unconventional space where new ideas and new businesses can flourish.
And this is a space we have already invested time and effort in. It took us 18 months to renovate a deserted lace factory that had been dormant for 30 years. We stripped walls, ceilings and floors and then made sure that it could provide a home to new businesses, startups and creatives from across our city.
The following major institutions have endorsed our efforts: The Royal Society of Artists, the Creative Quarter and Nottingham City Council.
With support from local and national organisations, people soon responded to what we offered. Businesses started to move in and today we’re a thriving hub with a focus on using art and creativity as a way to reach out to the local community and build new business relationships in a creative and unorthodox space.
We don’t just want to be based in Nottingham, we want to be part of Nottingham.
Your donation will help us make sure that we realise that aspiration.
Screen printing gives everyone the chance to create a unique work of art. Our idea is that you will be able to walk into our studio and leave a few hours later with a piece of your very own art work. Whether the screen printing is onto a t-shirt or sweatshirt, a piece of material to be framed or a banner, you get something tangible you can wear, show to your friends or use as the basis of your own project – or even your own new business.
We see screen printing as a useful gateway to other forms of creative practice. You can be as inventive with your design as you want to be, creating a simple or multi-layered pattern, using vivid or muted colours. You can methodically plan each layer, or find exciting new combinations.
Ultimately, it’s about being creative, and that’s a skill you can use in any area of life.
There are over 300,000 people in Nottingham and 1.5 million people in the surrounding area. At the moment, we’re only able to engage with a small number of those. With your help, we can reach out to more people and hope to generate more ideas for new businesses.
As there are thousands of students in the city, many doing creative courses, we also know that there’s a ready audience for what we want to offer.
But it’s not just students we want to reach out to. We want to work with schools, young people, retired people, businesses, local communities and charities. But more than that, we want to empower people who want to start a new enterprise but need the space to think and be creative so that it can really take root.
By supporting us, you’re supporting community art across the East Midlands and giving people a bright and colourful future.
We think that’s well worth the money.
We’ve developed a range of rewards for your pledges at different prices which all reflect our passion for print and unique artwork.
We’ve got specially designed t-Shirts which will be one of the first things printed through our press, limited edition prints from local and internationally renowned artists and workshops curated especially for you to get the most from our School of Print. Take a look, see what you can give – and what you want to get in return.
Risks and challenges
After our own long journey with converting this beautiful derelict lace factory into a creative hub we've encountered and overcome many obstacles along the way, including the removal of 1500 bags of pigeon waste, installing a 40 metre pipe for fire safety purposes and remaining sane despite all odds! Our building has now fully passed all building control specifications and is ready for business!
We are realistic and prepared for potential issues with this project, we have a contingency plan for if we encounter issues with our existing equipment along the way and innovative ways to increase revenue if we do not reach our initial membership targets. These include live printing events, renting the facility to external art organisations and teachers and increasing our services to local bodies and educational programmers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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