We hit our target really quickly! so now we think we can do more and have added stretch goal targets!
These are our Stretch goal targets
£4500 raised will mean we can Paint the space and make it look great
£5000 Paint + we can put in a Projector and sound system, so that events have dedicated tech on site
£5450 Paint/Projector will mean we can buy 50 chairs for the space for seating for events.
£6000 Paint/Projector/Chairs + we can give 100 tickets to local school children for our first exhibition
£7000+ Every £30 raised over this amount will be one free hour in the space for the community (Staffing + Rent + insurance + running costs = £30 an hour)
What are we doing?
We have a once in a lifetime chance to get the space next door to 'Home of Honest Coffee' and turn it into a not for profit COMMUNITY arts and creative space with co-op values, we are going to call it 'The Gallery', we need £4000 to Kickstart this project, we have one month to do it!
Home of Honest Coffee (Link to more info) is free to use, yes it's FREE!
HOHC is a not for profit workspace on Chapel Street, Salford, opened in August 2015 and backed by 155 Kickstarter backers and the RSA - the space is used by over 50 community groups, a host of entrepreneurs, local businesses and creative types, all the food is sourced locally and we are an above living wage employer - 6 months into the project we are sustainable as a business and we all believe that this is just the start, we can grow this as an idea and take it across the UK - BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!
THE CALL TO ACTION - Why do this now?
IN 2015 - 1 IN 5 REGIONAL MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES CLOSED IN THE UK - MORE ARE SET TO CLOSE IN 2016
SO WHERE ARE ALL THE ARTISTS GOING TO GO???
ITS TIME TO SAVE OUR CULTURE, ITS TIME TO BUILD SOMETHING THAT IS OURS!
SOMETHING THAT CAN'T BE CLOSED OR TAKEN AWAY FROM US...
WE CAN CHANGE THIS, YOU CAN CHANGE THIS..... BECAUSE WELL, WE'VE DONE THIS BEFORE!!!
YES, WE HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE!
More information on HOME OF HONEST COFFEE ...
In 2014 we successfully raised over £5000 through Kickstarter to build the Home of Honest Coffee and we now need £4000 to secure the building next door.
We took a 10 year lease on our current building so we intend to be around for a while, and with so much regeneration going on in the area, it seems like not a week passes without another tall tower block of luxury flats going up around our ears. This is great for the coffee shop, but not so great if you are an artist working in a cheap studio, or need affordable housing (but that conversation is for another day).
Home of Honest Coffee is based in one of the oldest parts of both Salford and Manchester, the area has a rich history of counter culture activity and this is something we are keen to PRESERVE, even in the face of urban living development and the Lego brick gated communities that keep appearing.
We want you to be part of our community and help us create something unique. So, why are we on Kickstarter? Well, we have a unique opportunity and only ONE MONTH to make it happen, the building directly next door to us is available for rent and we can get it on a 10 year lease, which means we can achieve all our goals of creating a sustainable creative community all on this one street, with a 10 year mission.
THE VISION - WHAT DO WE PROPOSE!
The Vision: Home of Honest Coffee will provide free co-working space, super fast internet and be our kitchen for food and drink.
The second building (the one we need the Kickstarter money for) will be a gallery space.
The Gallery space will host events for 50-100 people, put on international and local exhibitions, host theatre performances, art happenings and house a small permanent co-working office hub, with cheap affordable space for all! Well thats the dream!
With its own really cool outside yard, The Gallery will be a truly flexible creative space right next door to the Home of Honest Coffee... But we only have one month to secure it, and we need your help. Be part of our 10 year plan, join our community and help the grass roots thrive in the face of property development and austerity cuts. So that's the project!
So a little about FUTURE ARTISTS and why we are doing this...
Future Artists began in 2009 and was built on the ethics of a co-op with this mission statement at the forefront of everything we do:
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible” - Frank Zappa
To be able to deviate, to be able to adapt and change quickly via dynamic and creative thought is the core philosophy that makes Future Artists work, and this is something we want to share with the world and have been doing so for over 7 years now.
We have a track record in turning empty spaces into something that works and adds to the cultural mix of the city and the artistic community.
We turned an old pub, the Black Lion into a pop-up cinema, theatre space and Art Gallery in 2012 and this project lasted for 18 months before we decided to turn our attention to the concept of 'Home of Honest Coffee'.
We have taken Home of Honest Coffee from an idea on paper, via Kickstarter and a round of funding, to a sustainable and impactful business.
We now have the need and opportunity to build on this and move our creative community forward by building a Gallery space, a much needed experimental space that can be used for a host of different activities, both a workspace and a creative play space.
All Future Artists projects are only possible with the help and support and the willingness of our local community and we thank you for the support over the past 7 years.
With 1 in 5 regional museums and galleries closing in 2015 we were presented with a very real question -
Do we allow art culture to be removed from our communities or do we go and build ourselves a new community based gallery? - a gallery by the people for the people?
Needless to say our answer was… lets go build ourselves a gallery!
ABOUT THE GALLERY AND OUR BUSINESS PLAN...
Located on 81 - 83 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5DF, the Future Artists Gallery will sit next door to Home of Honest Coffee, with a different remit, but one that compliments the ethos of the original endeavour.
The gallery will exhibit works and experiences tied to 20th & 21st century counter and alternative culture. It is set to showcase a minimum of 4 in-house shows per year which will employ the local talents of our regions arts, design, acting and cultural community – Both showcasing art and creating local jobs.
Beyond that the venue will be used to exhibit local artwork and host local events, it will be available for rehearsals and meetings and what ever else the community can think of to do in the space!
We plan to open in June/July 2016 which will be Future Artists 7th Birthday Party! (see the perks for a ticket)
OUR FIRST EXHIBIT
We have created a 6 month business plan to launch the space, and so have planned a couple of exhibits already. After this 6 month period we will be opening it up to the community for suggestions.
Our 1st exhibit opens on the 7th June and features the photographic work of Lawrence Watson.
Watson is a British photographer, who has documented the rise of many famous Manchester and Salford Bands and was a regular staff photographer at the NME through the 1980s and 1990s.
Lawrence loves what we are trying to achieve and so has agreed to do a unique show to launch our space with never before seen photographs of the Smiths, Oasis, Ian Brown and New Order and many more.
Lawrence has been exploring his archive to give our space a world class exhibition to show that as a collective we can aim high and punch above our weight, it’s so cool to have supporters like this!
About Lawrence Watson,
Leaving school aged 16 he took an apprenticeship in a dark room in the East End of London from which he graduated to a dark room at London Weekend Television. Soon he joined the NME as a staff photographer where he documented top tiered British talent such as The Smiths, Oasis, Pulp, Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, New Order and Orbital.
In the early 80s Lawrence was commissioned to document the immersing Hip Hop scene in New York. There he took portraits of legendary artists such as Run DMC and Public Enemy. Currently Watson is commissioned as Noel Gallagher’s photographer for the 'High Flying Birds'.
OUR SECOND EXHIBIT
Our second exhibition will be 'Ready Player One' - the History of Video Games: 1976 to 1994.
Future Artists and 'The Arcade Club' (Europe’s Biggest Arcade) have teamed up to bring to you this unique event, part hands-on history lesson and part fully functioning arcade.
Two years in the making 'Ready Player One' is a history experience like no other, you are invited to spend the day playing and learning about the video games industry, while playing the games that made it.
We have ultra rare 'Space Invaders' machines, Pac Man and Pac Girl, sit down 'Star Wars' machines, all the way through to arcade staples like Outrun, Afterburner and Street Fighter.
Alongside this are the home entertainment machines that would eventually bring the end to your local arcade, from Pong, through the Atari years, up to Nintendo, Sega and the arcade killer the Playstation 1.
We will have between 25-30 machines including all the classics and pinball machines.
So as you can see the space will go from one art form and flip 180 degrees in to another and we will do it in our own unique Future Artists style – hopefully this gives you a flavour of what to expect. Finally we move art forms again to host exhibit 3 in the space, before we turn it over to the community to let us know what we should be doing next.
OUR THIRD EXHIBIT
Secret Theatre Manchester
Future Artists started out putting on theatre productions in the Black Lion many years ago and we feel it’s time to go back to our roots and work with the Salford and Manchester fringe theatre producers to put on a unique event that will take place across Chapel Street, inside the Gallery and Home of Honest Coffee....
This will be an immersive piece of theatre that gives you a full night out, story, food and drinks, in the vain of Gunchdrunk, Gingerline and Forced Entertainment, all companies we respect.
All will be revealed soon, but as one of our perks you will be able to take the plunge first!
And so, there it is... we have a one month window to make this happen, before the march of regeneration, gentrification and overseas buyers get the chance to snap up the building where we see our 10 year vision being realised..
Kickstarter gave us the opportunity 2 years ago to raise the seed money for Home of Honest Coffee.
155 backers believed in us and we delivered.
Future Artists want to do this again and we have 30 days to make it.
If you believe that arts and culture can change the world please help with us and lets start on our street. This will be our staging post for the next 10 years. Thank you for reading and thankyou for supporting us.
Risks and challenges
Future Artists has a track record of running co-working and events spaces, from the very first event at the Urbis as part of the Manchester International Festival 2009, all the way through to running 'The Black Lion' pub and turning it into a cultural hotspot, to our consultancy work at 'The Great Northern Warehouse' to creating and making Home of Honest Coffee happen, we have been through a lot, and have learnt many valuable lessons along the way, we have 7 years experience at Future Artists, and over 20 years working in the independent arts and media sector.
Besides the core management team, we are supported by the RSA (Royal Society of arts) within this network, we can get advice and help from many individuals and companies who share the same values as us, and so are always on hand to help.
We always keep backers updated, if you look at the Home of Honest Coffee campaign you can see that even when things where not going that well, we still told the story of the project, and at times people jumped in to help us.
We are fully transparent and you can ask us questions on here, or via twitter @futureartistsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)