New creative hub aims to help arts thrive in Keynsham

Published on: 09 Nov 2012

New creative hub aims to help arts thrive in Keynsham

Last month, people behind Keynsham’s creative ventures, artists and craftspeople were invited to the launch of a new organisation that aims to help local enterprise flourish. Vessel by David Calvin

The Creative Enterprise Hub has been growing since it was set up earlier this year and members aim to find a permanent base for the organisation where anyone working in a creative industry – individuals or local ventures – can find space to work, network and exhibit.

The Hub also wants its work to benefit the Keynsham community, offering space for social and cultural activities. The group’s launch night was held at Pomegranate Cafe in Keynsham last month, with acoustic entertainment from Hub member George Lidell and guitarist Neil Hutchins and an exhibition by photographer David Calvin.

Here Keynsham artist Paddy Pennock tells us what she learned  at the launch and how she feels the Hub could nurture local talents and benefit the town:

"In early October I attended a meeting and exhibition arranged by members of the Keynsham Creative Enterprise Hub at the Pomegranate Cafe in Temple Street, Keynsham.  The artist David Calvin, who was exhibiting, provided stunning photographs of the industrial site of Fry’s Somerdale factory.

"It was good to meet up with others who are interested, including some councillors, in the concept of setting up a permanent venue for the arts and where possible, taking over part of the old Somerdale factory site where one can meet, work and exhibit.

"I feel that this is just what the people of Keynsham need right now to generate interest locally. There are many people of many talents in the area and this could be one of the processes to provide Keynsham with a good centre for the arts while making good use of an historic building. 

"This venue could also house a small museum of locally found artefacts. We should encourage those whose concept it was and help to unify the project. A really good idea!"

For more on the Creative Enterprise Hub, visit www.creative-enterprise-hub.org, call 07429 241933, email lucy@creative-enterpise-hub.org or find the group on Facebook.

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