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  • somewhereto_ X Kensington Creates

    Calling all young entrepreneurs and creatives! Do you want a free desk and workshop space a stone throw from Notting Hill? Free business incubation, coaching and mentoring? Free 1-2-1 business advice?

    Then apply for somewhereto_ in partnership with Kensington Creates.

    What is Kensington Creates?

    Kensington Creates is a new co-working facility and incubation space located at the Kensington Aldridge Academy in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Kensington Creates offers a one-stop-shop by which entrepreneurs and the wider community, whatever their background, can access a programme of entrepreneurial support, all within the unique, vibrant setting of a fully operational secondary school.

    They support early stage entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground by providing training, mentoring, and access to finance. In addition to this, They connect our entrepreneurs to an extensive network of industry leaders, buyers and suppliers because we understand that having access to the right people to sell to and work with is just as important as having a great idea. They are well placed to support entrepreneurs that would like to operate businesses in the creative and cultural, tech/digital and retail industries. They also actively encourage startup social enterprises from any industry to apply to our incubator programme.

    How to apply

    You can apply to join Kensington Creates through their partnership with somewhereto_. All you need to do is upload a short video (no more than 5 minutes) or visual presentation with the following information and send link or copy to London@somewhereto.com.

    1.     Information about your business

    a.     What product or service does your business sell?

    b.     What is the market need for your product or service?

    c.     Who are your ideal customers?

    d.     Have you sold anything yet?

    e.     What is your big vision for the business?

    f.      Do you have a team or do you work alone?

    2.     Tell us about you.

    a.     What inspired you to start this business?

    b.     Have you run any other businesses before?

    c.     Have you done any business training before?

    d.     Do you work or study?

    3.     How will you ensure you can commit to this programme for at least 3 months?

    4.     Are you willing to take part in the wider Kensington Aldridge Academy? If so, what do you think you can offer the school i.e. workshops, speaking in assembly, running an after school club? 

    You can be based in any London borough although we particularly welcome applications from individuals based in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster. 

    The shortlist

    A shortlist of entrepreneurs will then be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on the 9th of October with the winners being announced on the same day. The incubation programme will then start mid-October.

    Don’t forget…

    It’s important to note that we are creating a community of inspiring and talented entrepreneurs so, what do we expect in return from our members?

    • For them to be passionate about building a great business
    • Active participation in the Creates member community
    • Active engagement with Kensington Aldridge Academy students, either through acting as a mentor, leading a student masterclass or providing work experience.

    To apply or for more information in the first instance, please contact London@somewhereto.com or visit our website www.creates.org.uk

    Guest Blog from summer of somewhereto_ London Shop Manager Kingsley Zah

    Another day, another fantastic guest blog. Today we’re handing things over to summer of somewhereto_ London Shop Manager Kingsley. 

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    Hi my name is Kingsley Zah, I’m a fashion designer, musician, visionary, and all round good guy trying to figure life out whilst having fun!

    Earlier this year in May, I participated in my first independent group fashion show called STRIKE, which was held in an amazing old church called Asylum in Peckham. Laura and Misha, who were the London Regional Delivery Partners that helped curate the fashion show, approached me to see if I’d be interested in being involved in the summer campaign. After the incredibly positive experience I’d had with somewhereto_I thought this would be an interesting opportunity, so in July I became a shop manager for the first time in the London space in Peckham High Street.

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    I had no idea what to expect, but knew this was going to be a motivated summer. Being around so many supportive and creative people, blew my mind, you see, the thing is, I sometimes find with London, although its brimming with diverse creative people, the fact is you don’t really get to see all of them in one space at the same time, unless it’s a one day event. But summer of somewhereto_ was different, and very special.

    Every day I was in the space, there was never a day that felt the same. I am still amazed that I was part of this amazing experience so let me give you a run down of what my days were like. Sometimes during the day there would be a barbeque with live graffiti art taking place outside in the backyard, then in the evening you’d have a whole new crowd of young people listening to live music performances or milling about an art exhibition. I’d love it when there were talks from entrepreneurs who inspired young people to chase their dream’s, it’s reaffirming to know success is down to hard work and not letting go of your dreams. On the launch day of summer of somewhereto_ there was so much buzz happening, seeing Plan B (our Head Mentor) and Kay Davis our London ambassador showing respect and admiration for each other’s art and work was so dope, dope meaning something good and euphoric.

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    Then we had the Sunday market stalls, which were nice, we had people selling cool artwork, clothes, cupcakes and bubble tea…if you haven’t tried this, I suggest you do, one word LEGENDARY! It was really nice to be around this because we had young people who owned their own businesses in their own right, and I respect people who are just being themselves and selling their products. Most importantly because the space was FREE, they kept whatever money they made and that was such a good thing.

    One of my highlights was when the SYCO auditions took place, you witnessed young musicians, some after their auditions and others waiting to audition just sitting in the somewhereto_ space having a improvisation jamming session, singing lyrics “today was a good day” and shouting out “somewhereto”…now that blew my mind. I had to join in even though my  voice was not in tip-top shape after suffering a cold, but I am well now for whoever is reading this.

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    Overall this has changed my life, somewhwereto_ and Livity are cool as ever, and it has made me realise that all I want to do is be creative, be around creative people and help mentor creative people. If I can have a job which allows me to do this, then I will be happy forever.

    This is Kingsley Zah, over and out. “Hard work, makes the dream work” I’ve always wanted to say that LOL.

    Peace and Love.

    Big ups to Kingsley for his hard work over summer of somewhereto_ and his dedication to making the project such a big success. Want to get involved yourself? Check out somewhereto.com and have a look at what’s going near you!

    Guest Blog from summer of somewhereto_ Antrim Creative Assistant Maggie Mckeever

    We caught up with Maggie Mckeever, Creative Assistant for somewhereto_NI to run through her inspirational story from summer of somewhereto_.

    I’m Maggie and for the past few weeks I’ve been working as the Creative Assistant on summer of somewhereto_ in Antrim town, Northern Ireland.

    A wee bit about me! I was drawn to summer of somewhereto_ as I’m a creative person with arts management experience, and I enjoy working with young people in a creative context. I’m really interested by projects that involve social entrepreneurship and find the work that PLACE NI (somewhereto_Northern Ireland Delivery Partner) do is very interesting. They use creativity as a catalyst for social engagement and I really admire the ethos of somewhereto_ as it engages young people in creativity and DIY culture, enabling them to take action and have a say in their own community.

    We had a core team of volunteers who transformed the somewhereto_ space into a creative hub with a photography studio, fashion stalls, a chill out area, giant blackboard, cake shop, stage area, workshop space and a ginormous artist’s studio space upstairs! 

    Over the three weeks it became clear that Antrim has a lot of musical talent! It was great to see so many shy, modest young people surprise us with their creativity & musical talent! The SYCO auditions were a great way for them to get constructive criticism from Eddie, one of SYCO’s scouts. There seemed to be a lot of advice about profiling yourself through Youtube, which I got the chance to find out more about at the Summer In The City event which I took part in as a volunteer earlier this month!

    My highlight of the summer of somewhereto_ space was the atmosphere of shared creativity and community that was forged through the space. Skill sharing, brainstorming and chatting were common in somewhereto_ Antrim. In turn, established mentors from the creative industries offered their time for free as they know the importance of encouraging and nurturing young talent along the way.

    This year in Antrim our space was a summer of somewhereto_ create for young people to connect with their creative peers, brainstorm ideas, have jamming sessions and the space and freedom to do what they love! This highlights the need for support and spaces like somewhereto_ to nurture their talent, a space where the creative community can work together. 

    Maggie Mckeever, somewhereto_ Creative Assistant, Northern Ireland.

    Phew! If Maggie’s fantastic creative work has got you interested in how you can get involved with somewhereto_ then check out somewhereto.com and get stuck in!

    Guest Blog from somewhereto_ Freelance Delivery Partner Ashleigh Ward

    Continuing our series of guest blogs from the people that made summer of somewhereto_ we hand the controls over to another inspirational figure. Meet somewhereto_ Freelance Delivery Partner for the South East Ashleigh Ward.

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    Launching summer of somewhereto_ in Brighton has been the biggest exhibition I have ever organised, and definitely the most rewarding. Over the past five months I have been networking with different young people and because of this campaign I managed to secure a huge warehouse space in Circus Street, which allowed me to pull together all the talented young artists and give them a space to exhibit and perform.

    Getting the space was a challenge to say the least, but I was determined to make it a somewhereto_ space, even after everyone warned me away. I just knew that for a big creative festival like summer of somewherto_ there was nowhere better than this huge abandoned warehouse in Brighton. 

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    I had three key members that helped me make this event happen and everyone was so enthusiastic. All had different skills and qualities and I wanted to give them the freedom to do what they wanted. Al from Iklect is starting his own collective and has a number of artists he wanted to exhibit. Becky (first year sculptor at University of Brighton) was a good leader so I put her in charge of the sculptors and she did an amazing job of organising and curating the 3D element to the show.

    Hannah from Canopy Creative was the first young person I met in my new job role as freelance delivery partner for somewhereto_SE, so when I secured Circus Street, I knew I wanted her to bring her ideas to this venue which was amazing. She built and hung Sussex meadows from the ceiling which had a long table underneath, this brought a beautiful elegance to the juxtaposing industrial warehouse which worked perfectly. On the Saturday night she organised a ‘Pot Luck Supper’ where people brought a dish and bottle of wine each and shared the food table which was like ‘the last supper’. 

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    Over all the variety of the show was brilliant. Not only did we have over 100 artists exhibit but we also had amazing workshops and events. One of my favorite workshops was the 3D projection-mapping workshop from the collective L.E.G and this was a rare opportunity to learn 3D projection-mapping for free.

    The opening night saw more then 700 guests come through the door. The few people that I got to talk to on the opening night loved the show. I spoke to someone that works at Lighthouse Gallery and he said that this show didn’t feel like Brighton but had the feel of Berlin to it, which was incredible to hear. Also local Brighton MP Caroline Lucas came down and said, “It’s a brilliant use of space. It’s challenging, exciting and everyone should come and see it.”

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    When I closed the shutters at the end of the opening night the crowd outside cheered and clapped, which was a lovely moment. It made me feel proud to be part of somewhereto_ giving young people this incredible opportunity and seeing it all come together so wonderfully.

    I loved every moment of curating this exhibition show, and working with such talented and motivated young people has been brilliant. The support of the public has been really positive and seeing them blown away but what we’ve all achieved, has been the most rewarding. This is by far the best show I have done to date. 

    – Ashleigh Ward 25 Freelance Regional Delivery Partner for somewhereto_SE

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    Inspired by Ashleigh’s incredible 3 day event? Want to get involved yourself? Head over to somewhereto.com to learn more and find out what’s going on near you!

    Guest blog from somewhereto_ young person Jennifer Collier

    somewhereto_ young person Jenny Collier takes the reigns for a fun-filled rundown of summer of somewhereto_

    This summer I decided to join the somewhereto_ East Midlands team and honestly it’s been just one fantastic experience after another.

    Tina, the regional somewhereto_ representative is more of a mentor and friend to me, opening up so many opportunities and getting me involved in the national and local campaigns, such as The Big Positive campaign. Through somewhereto_ Tina has opened up shopping centres for After Dark Takeover Films which feature amazing urban athletes such as BMX Champs Keelan Phillips, Mat Armstrong and Cam Peake.

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    somewhereto_ has also helped my blog to become a virtual space holder for local young creatives. I can now offer people who sign up the chance to be interviewed by me, which I’ll then write a blog, which they can use on their own websites and post out on their own social media platforms. This also helps to evidence a young persons event and experience with somewhereto_.

    The summer of somewhereto_ was three weeks of pure craziness in Leicester, we had talks and workshops run by young creatives, street art, photo shoots, FIVE pop up shops and auditions & workshops with SYCO Entertainment, seeing some of the best bands from Leicester performing live such as By The Rivers and The Day Dreamers. To top it all off an influx of incredibly talented young creative’s coming to our own shop Wotspace. It’s been fantastic to realize how many young people have so much talent, which you would never realize without this project.

    somewhereto_ has helped young people start their businesses, realise that they have creative talent and just offer support in general. I know for certain that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of Tina and somewhereto_ and it’s helped me to build my own confidence in what I’m doing so that I felt that I could start my own freelance blogging business. By linking me up with other creatives, start up businesses and giving me the support I needed to take the next step from having an idea to actually doing it.

    It still surprises me every day just how many ideas young people have for so many different things such as business, creativity, teaching and events just for fun people, all in such different spaces. One girl wanted a space to cover in bubble wrap then film people as they come in and popped it, crazy but we do want to make it happen. We get such a mixture of young people I always thought that I was alone in my decision to go down the creative route and not go to university. But it’s really good to know that people understand that you want to get hands on experience and that they will help you to do so, and that there are people in the same boat as you. 

    My somewhereto_ experience is constantly changing with the different roles that I take, from being a ‘space user’ to a ‘space holder’. Working with somewhereto_ has allowed me to develop skills in many areas because of the different experiences they have to offer. I’m travelling down to ExCel London to attend the BET conference for somewhereto_digital badges soon, which is another interesting and new experience, and I wouldn’t change a single moment of it. 

    Massive thanks to Jenny! Feeling inspired? Head over to somewhereto.com to learn more!

     

    summer of somewhereto_ First Week Round Up

    We’re on a mission to open spaces across the country for young people to do the things they love!

    Thursday 10th July saw the launch of summer of somewhereto_, our summer festival of amazing young talent. Touching down in London, Leicester, Lancaster, Antrim, Glasgow and Aberystwyth, we’re running right through until 31st July so make sure you get stuck on! Here’s a run down of the first week.

    London. 91 Peckham High Street SE15 5RS. Activity schedule here

    Plan B launches summer of somewhereto_ in London with Young Ambassador Kay Davis. Watch our exclusive Q&A here!image

     The somewhereto_ team & volunteers 

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    Lancaster. St Nicholas Arcades LA1 1NB. Activity schedule here.

    The somewhereto_ North West team on launch day.

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    The Lancaster shop filling up

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    Leicester. 3 Shires Lane & Highcross Shopping Centre LE1 4AN. Activity schedule here.

    Space shop and somewhereto_ East Midlands HQ.

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    The Creative Kids Lab Science workshop on opening day

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    Antrim. 55 High Street BT41 4AY. Activity schedule here.

    The somewhereto_ Northern Ireland team launch the shop in Antrim.

    Antrim activity board.

    Glasgow. Beyond The Finish Line, 7 Trongate G1 5EZ & The Imaginarium Saracen St G22 5JX. Activity schedule here.

    The somewhereto_ Scotland team 

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    We’re looking for talent!

    We’re looking for fresh young talent to showcase in amazing spaces across the UK.

    If you’re ready to take a step into the spotlight then check out summer of somewhereto_ festival where you will have the opportunity to be seen by top TV talent and music scouts

    Looking for something to so?

    Want to learn something new?

    Need work experience?

    This JULY! Show, sell and skill up. 

    #somewhereto_ summer

    Double The Spotlight with Tow Law & Grace Savage

    We’ve got double the excitement this week with not just one BUT two videos to kick start your weekend!

    First we have “Tom Law and Grace Savage The Making Of”, where we get the inside scoop on what it was like to perform at Wilton Music Hall and we even get a sneaky peek of Tom trying his hand at beatboxing…

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    Secondly, we’ve got Grace Savage giving us a bit of female empowerment with her amazing solo beatboxing performance…

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    What more could you want?

    The Spotlight: Shining the light on the talent of all young people!

    Show your support and SUBSCRIBE for more great vids!

    Give them a tweet and tell them how good they are…

    @TomLawMusic 

    @_GraceSavage

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    It’s inspiring to see what you can achieve with some space and a big mirror. Creativity at its best! 

    Have you got a project that you’d like to take out of your head and into reality?

    Whether it’s creative or not, if you’re 16-25 then get in touch. We can’t give you a mirror but we promise to help you find a space.

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    Dalston House (by Leando Erlich)

    It’s safe to climb and play on the roof of this house without a ladder. Leandro Erlich‘s Dalston House makes scaling the brick facade of the three-story walk-up easy, with mirrors doing most of the work. The real background is a relief motif on the ground plane, and its image is rendered upright through the large mirror that hangs at a perfect angle. Children and adults alike are welcome to interact with the installation and pose for pictures that capture only the effects of the optical illusion. But be careful — don’t let your camera betray the technical secret! More info here

    Tom Law & Beatbox champion Grace Savage Collaboration

    It’s finally here! The epic collaboration from beatboxer Grace Savage, and singer Tom Law performing at Wilton Music Hall. Check it out this is a must see!

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    The Spotlight: SUBSCRIBE to keep being inspired by all the amazing things young people are doing!

    And remember, if you need space for your idea, project, performance (whatever it is) then get in touch. Everything starts with an idea and we like to see your ideas come to life!

    Beatboxing, Pies & Country Bumpkins

    We all love music, right? It makes us happy when we’re sad, keeps us company on the bus and makes us do some stupid dance moves which some how always seem to end up on Facebook. Dooh!

    Well, we don’t just want to hear the music, we want to hear about the musician. And we think you do too. So Yara caught up with Grace Savage & Tom Law to get the inside scoop on their music career and what it was like to perform at the famous Wilton Music Hall.

    Q&A - with Grace Savage & Tom Law

    Yara: So Grace, how did your journey into beatboxing begin?

    Grace: I started off doing the whole stage school thing.  I studied theatre at uni and wanted to go down the ‘drama school’ route.

    Towards the end of uni I started beatboxing and gigging which took me down more of a musical path. Now, I’m beatboxing, singing and working with a producer, so I have many fingers in many pies!

    Y: Tom, we’ve heard you’ve got an EP coming out this summer. Can you tell us more about it?

    Tom: Yeah I’ve literally just finished it. It’s called ‘Build From Zero’. I really feel like it’s a whole step up from everything else I’ve done. It’s recorded with drums, guitars, bass, and vocals. There’s some choir stuff going on in there too. I’m really proud of it. All the songs are quite different so I really hope it raises my game.

    Y: A collaboration between a beatboxer & a musician is not something you see often. How did this come about?

    T&G: I came and did a gig with somewhereto_ and got approached afterwards by the somewhereto_ team and it just went from there really.

    Y:  So today you’ve been performing in Wilton Music Hall, which is one of the oldest music halls in London. What’s it been like?

    G: Amazing – I literally live around the corner and didn’t know this existed. It’s beautiful. Acoustically for beatboxing it picked up the sounds amazingly.

    T: Yeah I love it in here. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the building. I want every single gig I play at to be here.

    Y: How important do you think it is for young people to have access to space?

    T: A lot of the videos I make on YouTube are in my bedroom but if I could do every one of my videos in spaces like this? Yeah, it would be amazing. It would be a real step up.

    Y: I often think your surroundings can affect the genre of music you end up making. You grew up in Cornwall right?

    T: Yeah I did. Right down in the sticks. Growing up surfing and getting out and about. Then I moved to London and now I’m in Bath because I don’t like London, I find it really claustrophobic and stressful for me. I’m just a country bumpkin at heart! I like my space and I like the open air!

    We like our space too Tom!

    If you need space to do the things you love then get in touch, we’re always happy to help!

    And don’t forget to check out The Spotlight this Friday to see Tom & Grace’s performance. It’s epic!

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    london, putting on a show.

    Loving this great shot of London! If you’re 16-25 and need a free space to do what you love then check out our website.

    Speaking of all things London… We shone The Spotlight on Twenty Something Londontelling everyone about the independent side of London they know and love – places, events and general quirky happenings.

    Check out the video here!

    TRASH exhibition - private view at Rich Mix

    Join us at RichMix on Wednesday 7th May at 6:30 for the private view of Trash, a new exhibit curated by Natasha Sabatini, including the performance piece, Please Help Yourself. 

    Artists to include 

    Arron Kuiper Christian Patracchini Dafydd Roberts,Helen BurHollie SlaughterHannah Salisbury and Luke Fuller.

    Trash is what we rid ourselves of, something that we no longer want or need, paradoxically though, there are still reasons why we may not want anyone to rummage through it and take it away and have new use for it, even though this is the very same stuff we have come to consider as no longer ours. This thought might suggest that we are anxious and uncertain about what our garbage says about us and the feeling we have when something is irretrievably lost.

    Please help yourself is a performance by Christian Patracchini, culminating from a month spent collecting the discarded objects left on pavements outside houses or in skips, which I will use to explore the complicated connection we have to our waste, posing the question: How is it possible that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure?”

    The performance will begin at 6:30. For more information, please contact Jason Page at Jason@somewhereto.com.