Boom! Studios is a crafted, social enterprise that provides a vibrant workspace and head-space for our local creative industry.
Inspired and informed by their individual experience at Project 24, Bangor, Boom! Studios was established in December 2014. A small group of local creative practitioners wished to create a vibrant workspace where they could develop their individual enterprises.
Boom! took over a vacant town centre building (the old Clinton Cards building)….a “blank canvas” and has created 20 workspaces housing artists, designers, makers, writers, photographers, arts facilitators… at any stage of their career. It supports, nutures and helps them develop their work, whatever that looks like.
By placing creativity bang in the centre of town, Boom! makes a positive contribution to the regeneration of Bangor Town Centre, creating opportunities to link traditional local business’s with the local creative industry.
Boom! is a social enterprise and it’s impact centres on the increased activity in the community by local artists and creative practitioners, therefore increasing participation and understanding by the wider community in arts. It achieves this by being open to the local community and offering a range of creative workshops.
This creates a stronger more confident creative sector and will lead to a more, cohesive community, improved civic pride, and contribute to a vibrant town centre. There is the benefit to the individual of improved mental health and well being.
Northern Ireland’s creative industry is thriving, however the next few years will pose many challenges for the arts and creative sector, forcing organisations to become inventive in the way in which they develop and fund their work.
Boom! Studios hopes to present an innovative business model for sustainable arts and creative activity.
What has Boom! achieved?
Since we begun operating to December 2016 we have:
housed 21 creative enterprises from visual artists, photographers, animators, social entrepreneurs, writers and musicians.
gradually established a regular daytime program of creative activity that engages with parents and young children, older primary school children, older teenagers, 50+ women.
we have delivered 135 workshops engaging with 3500participants including those from minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds and with barriers to participation to the arts, providing paid work for 7 local practitioners. (most recent measures December 2016)
delivered 10 larger events for creative practitioners, provided fringe events for 3 established local festivals, delivered 1 public consultation event, 14 workshops as part of larger community events, and 1 workshop as part of a national festival.
established a company, Boom! Inc
registered as a local charity.
established a Board of Trustees.
Employed 1 part-time member of staff.