CREATIVE HUBS AND CREATIVE PLACE DEVELOPMENT

Central to Creative Place Development, work package 5 of the Creative Edge project, is developing a model for Creative Hubs that facilitates creative businesses to access unused commercial premises on a non profit basis. The concept facilitates the enrichment of the main streets of towns and villages, bringing life to previously vacant buildings.

Craigavon Borough Council, member of South East Economic Development in Northern Ireland, has developed a number of Creative Hubs in Northern Ireland through the Creative Edge project. To facilitate the development of Creative Hubs, public meetings were held in Northern Ireland to engage with interested stakeholders, such as potential landlords and creative business tenants. More information here

 

Launch of the Newry Creative Hub

Newry Creative Hub, County Down

Lord Mayor Michael Ruane of Newry and Newry & Mourne District Council opened the new Creative Hub in Newry with Sarah Meaney of Social Clix. The Newry Creative Hub is located above the Sugar Supper Club at 14 Sugar Island in Newry.

Poster advertising the launch of Lurgan Creative Hub

Armagh Creative Hub, County Armagh

The Armagh Creative Hub is located on Russell street in  Armagh.

Banbridge Creative Hub, County Down

The Banbridge Creative Hub is located at 69 Newry Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, and is also a significant space at 1500 square feet.

Lurgan Creative Hub, County Armagh

The Lurgan Creative Hub is the longest running and was launched in March 2013. Based on William Street, there are currently two businesses operating from the Lurgan Creative Hub.

Cutting the ribbon at Lurgan Creative Hub launch night

Creative business @ the Lurgan Hub

The multimedia production company, BNL Productions offers a number of services from the Hub. Services on offer include media conversion, film production, wedding cinematography, poster printing and website design. For more details see: http://www.bnlproductions.co.uk/shop/

Also working from the Lurgan Creative Hub is street artist Dermot McConaghy, also known as DMC. To read more about DMC’s work see: http://www.manchini.co.uk/

 

 

The Lurgan Creative Hub has also been utilised as a cultural venue, as a space for music gigs, such as the ‘Hometown Show’ that ran in May.  The line up included Ciaran Lavery, who released his debut album ‘Not Nearly Dark’ early in 2013.

 

The Lurgan Creative Hub brings life to an unoccupied building