Weʼve raised £6,019 to Keep independent artists and studio owners in flight!
- Creation Box London, SE1 7DR
- Funded on Tuesday, 8th September 2020
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In response to the current Covid-19 situation Rachel Kay and Creation Box London have chosen to launch this initiative in order to support independent artists return to their creativity, find their feet again and ultimately to sustain independent studios like Creation Box London. A crucial home and hub for the arts community!
The ArcSpace Initiative
Keeping 14 independent artists and studio owners in Flight!!!
The 14 artists you will be supporting are;
Far From The Norm, Kristine Berget , Amanda Pefkou, Ricky Jinks, Jessica Graves, Nicola Mac & The Queens, Matthew Harding & Urban Interface Dance UK, B-Hybrid Dance, Nicole McDowall, Nevena Stojkov, Iona Brie, Megan Westpfel, Melody Squire, La'Mel Clarke
The independent studio you will be supporting is; Creation Box London www.creationboxlondon.com
An initiative to cultivate space and time for artists to navigate their practice, elevate their process and innovate their creativity.
In regularity and repetition comes a commitment to drive a self-practise and cultivate a process or method of training to establish an authentic and honest artist. An artist who is resilient and has the capacity to cultivate a sustainable career in the arts and beyond. An artist who commits to showing up regularly in order to drive an honest avenue to their self development and creativity.’ Artistic Director and Founder of Creation Box London; Rachel Kay
Rachel is the founder and cultivator of Creation Box London, an independently run multi-functional, creative development studio in the heart of SE1 London. Later this year she will be launching The Reason I Fly Foundation and The ArcSpace Initiative will be one of the main beneficiaries of this foundation. Thomas Ashton will drive The Box as Creative Director of The Box and Rachel Kay and Chris Maguire will drive forward the Foundation. The vision and mission of this initiative is;
VISION: Artists are visible and thriving; enlivened by their own choices and purpose.
MISSION: To cultivate the flight of the artist’s creative and movement innovation. Arcing safe spaces for them to be heard and understood, invigorated by their own limitless mindset. To imagine, investigate and innovate who they are as an artist, enabling them to thrive and sustain a purposeful livelihood in the arts and beyond.
Far From The Norm is gaining momentum, we are nurturing our organisation, our creative team and our offering beyond our artistic outlets. This also means in February of this year, we launched a training group. A regular session to invest and develop the next generation of Hip Hop dance theatre performers, facilitated by Botis, Far From The Norm and artists we value in armouring this generation with tools, resources and information. For us, there was no other host to approach, Creation Box for us, creates that safe and neutral space that encourages experimentation, risk and peer support - a truly rare find in London.
Through Creation Box being run by a group of artists and led by Rachel Kay, we are honoured to have been asked to join the ArcSpace Initiative. This would enable us to reduce our financial ask to participants and extend our programme beyond what was only to be a 16 week pilot. But also think long term about our offering to this cohort of new creatives and how as an initiative we can offer more access than if we were doing this independently.
FUNDING CAMPAIGN WILL SUPPORT-
1. Support the 14 artists back into Creation Box London, finding their feet for 6 months. All 14 artists will be provided with 6 months of free regular space. The three-hour regular slot will be funded every week for six months.
2. This funding will enable Creation Box London to remain open for six months and it will be seen as a bridge to supporting and nurturing the artists through this time.
3. The ArcSpace Initiative will remain similar to the regular slot ethos! There will be no expected output from this initiative, just time and space to navigate the artists process and creativity coming out of this period of time. A way to continue!
4. In this six-month period, there will be two meeting points as a community.
-One at the beginning of the six months to reconnect and discover what the space can be for you in returning to it
-A mid-way, peer support gathering to connect and discuss what you are currently practising!
-With the opportunity to continue on at the space, with the regular non-funded rate of £12.50 pr hr
-Finally, facilitated flight mode sessions will be provided for all artists involved for the Creation Box Team.
Six-month period of Funding;
14 Artists Funded-
3 Hours of studio time per week per artist.
Studio hire £12.50 pr hr
£12.50 x3 =£37.50
£37.50 x4 =£150
£150 per month per artist
£150 x6 =£900
£900 x14 =£12,600
£25 per facilitation session for each artist
£50 to lead community/peer support group (two sessions)
With that I would like to launch The ArcSpace Initiative!
This initiative will become the Global ArcSpace Initiative with the intention to not only support the current 14 artists back into the space, but the opportunity for The Reason I Fly Foundation to create partnerships with different independent spaces all around the world to launch this project that will ultimately transition artists back into the space and keep the doors open of many independent spaces like The Box.
Thank you for your support at this time, it is valued and appreciated by all involved in this initiative!!!
- 5 months ago
Rachel Kay5 months ago
From all of The ArcSpace Initiate team, thank you so much for your support so far and all the very kind donations and words of support! You will not only be aiding 14 artists back into the space, but their company members and the whole of The Box team. This will enable over 50 artists the opportunity to continue after the current situation. It will also enable Creation box London to continue, a crucial and vital creative development hub in central London!
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Creation Box London, SE1 7DR
Rachel Kay is the founder and cultivator of Creation Box London, founded in 2013. The Box has been running successfully for seven years and remains a home for independent artists to thrive in a neutral, honest and safe environment.