Thanks to Bildurn Properties, the large glass-fronted empty shop at 10 Fletcher Gate (at the tram stop, formerly the furniture store Dwells) will become a Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre until after Christmas. Today saw the launch and I was privileged to attend. The space is very large, is very public with window on front and one side, and the Creative Quarter team hope they can
use the space to showcase existing CQ businesses whilst giving trial space to emerging retailers, designers, artists and performers. At the same time it will host events and activities that support the development of The Creative Quarter. The Centre will be open to the public and will operate as a shop window for creative and enterprise activity in the area.
They are inviting Expressions of Interest, deadline 17 October, to Tasha at the Creative Quarter company (tasha AT creativequarter.com – 0115 859 9816). The full details, including the scoring criteria, are available from her. Given that the space is over 8000 square feet, it will be able to accommodate a large number of pop-ups (hence the need for a plural noun, suggestions, please, in the comments).
Update: the EOI document is now online. Well worth a read, the opportunity is wide:
- Existing retailers located elsewhere in the city (to promote and drive footfall to their shop, priority is given to retailers outside of prime shopping locations)
- Online retailers who want to test their products in an actual retail environment
- Designer-makers with quality product available, including students
- Galleries in the city who want to showcase their work
- New-start businesses that have either just started trading or are currently developing their business proposals
- Pre-start businesses carrying out market research and test trading
- People who wish to host events, talks, research and / or meetings in the space.
The Pop-Ups won’t actually start until 1 November, before then, Game City will be in residence. I spoke briefly with Iain Simmons, the Game City supremo, who overwhelmed me with a list of all the displays, games, events taking place. I did note there will be an Antiques Roadshow section (PacMan!) for those with the appropriate childhood memories.
I spoke with Debbie Bryan, a key member of the project team for this space, although most of the conversation was about her trip next week to New York with the Creative Twinning initiative. Several Nottingham creatives are going, and there is the possibility of a reciprocal visit in 2014.
Today’s event included live music, a delightful skeleton from City Arts, cakes and coffee from Hartleys, cocktails in glass jars from Lacehouse, vintage displays from Hopkinson’s Gallery and more. Only part of the space was in use today, it was pleasantly crowded, very sociable and everyone I spoke to thought this could be a brilliant part of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. But it will be down to Nottingham creatives and businesses to come up with ways to use the space. They are open to ideas – Get Popping!