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  • What’s your music motivation - Blue Skies The Making Of

    If you enjoyed last week’s Blue Skies performance then check out our behind the scenes footage. Dave gives insight into what he believes to be most important when you’re trying to grow an online audience!

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    What would you do if you had the space? Get in touch with somewhereto_ and make it happen! 

    Blue Skies sing in somewhereto_ space

    We met up with Blue Skies for an exclusive performance of Something Sweet at The George Tavern in Whitechapel, East London.

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    But if you need space to perform, rehearse, or something completely different then give us a shout on our swanky new website!

    Pitch to the Mix!

    Pitch your event idea for free space at Rich Mix!

    somewhereto_ London and Rich Mix, London’s coolest arts centre, are partnering to give you the opportunity to showcase your talent to the masses.

    We have exclusive access to Rich Mix’s Main Space performance area and Lower Cafe Gallery. To be in with a chance of winning a slot, bring your bright idea and experience to Pitch to the Mix.

    You’ll be given a workshop on how to pitch your ideas beforehand so don’t worry if you’ve never done it before. It’s the quality of the idea that counts! 

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    Pitches will be held at Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA on the following dates:

    Friday 6 June @ 5pm for spaces in October, November & December

    Contact Natalie@somewhereto.com by 4pm on Wednesday 28th May for more details

    Flora Grosvenor-Stevenson wins #ArtistResolution competition at Shoreditch Boxpark

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    The results are in from our “Artist Resolution” gallery competition at Boxpark and the talented young artist Flora Grosvenor-Stevenson has scooped top spot. Thanks to all who tweeted us their favourite artist; we received over 70 votes. 

    Congratulations to Flora who receives £150 and a mentoring session with a top creative professional. Here’s what she had to say: 
    My name is Flora Grosvenor-Stevenson; I’m studying BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. My practice at the moment combines an interest in the psychology of ageing with childhood naivety and a strange personal attachment to the circular form with the belief that everything in life is a circle or goes full circle. I take technical influences from a lot of different places so it’s hard to pinpoint and say what my main influences are; I suppose I’m a really organised hoarder of things like patterns, drawings, paintings, poems, songs and scientific research, and these things slowly get dragged out to help me develop what it is that is making me who I am.
    Check out more of Flora’s work at http://florag-s.tumblr.com/ and follow her on Twitter @FloraGs.
    Want space to exhibit your artwork? Go to somewhereto.com and search for a host of amazing spaces around the country, all for free!

    Ballet meets Boxing - amazing performance with Emily Peakman!

    This week we shone the Spotlight on young ballet dancer Emily Peakman for a very special ballet routine.

    We put her in the notorious York Hall boxing venue in London’s East End for a unique somewhereto_ performance…

    Music by the amazing YJ.

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    Our London Regional Delivery partner Katie has an fantastic opportunity that she wants to share…

    It’s that time of the year when resolutions are made (and broken). At somewhereto_, we thought it was time to get a different take on New Year resolutions so we asked young people to use their creativity to bring to life their #ArtistResolution to inspire others to think about their own life, dreams and goals.

    The top eight submissions have now been chosen to showcase at the Boxpark Gallery in Shoreditch and we’re asking you to help us decide the winner. We kicked off the somewhereto_ exhibition of #ArtistResolution last week. Over 100 people came to the launch to enjoy the amazing jazz tunes of David Kofi and to cast their votes for their favourite piece of art.

    Its now your turn to decide who should win the #ArtistResolution competition. Visit the Gallery on the top floor walkway of Boxpark and tweet the hashtag of your favourite piece together with #ArtistResolution and @somewhereto_LDN. The artist with most votes will win £150 and a mentoring session with an industry professional. The winner will be announced on the 31st January so get voting!

    Sound good? Then get involved!

    What would you do with an empty shipping container in Dalston? Turn it into a record shop full of your favourite music? Convert it into a gallery for local artists?
    That’s the question our friends over at Bootstrap are asking you! If you’ve got an innovative idea for these amazing spaces then contact henry@bootstrapcompany.co.uk by the 25th October with an expression of interest. They’re particularly keen on ideas that will benefit the wider Hackney community so keep this in mind when applying!
    Don’t forget, somewhereto_ is committed to finding young people spaces to do the thing they love. Click the link to find out more!

    Another week done in the somewhereto_ Boxpark pop-up shop and true to form this week has been as diverse and exciting as we’ve come to expect! Just ask young shop managers Laura Frood and Misha Meghna…

    The week started off with a bang with young fashion designer Arsalan Khalily of Diam Clothing drawing in the crowds, all dying to snap up pieces from his latest collection. Keep an eye on this one; a real superstar in the making!

    Wednesday saw our first installation of the month courtesy of the very talented Alice Woods. Her striking pieces invite the viewer to think about technology in the modern world and to question its role within our own lives. We also saw an exhibition from Emma Nabrynjd - a photography student at Central Saint Martins. Her images from a disposable camera were a beautiful and abstract exploration of light.

    Thursday was foodie day! We had divine nut butters from Pip and Nut - not only absolutely delicious but all free from additives. Our personal favourite was the maple nut butter! To quench our thirst after a long day we had natural lemonades from Square Root London - the dynamic duo Ed and Robyn were a joy to work with and even had us dancing in the shop!

    We then closed the week with urban stylings from fashion trio Something About Elizabeth. They transformed our space into a funky, urban fashion store and with complimentary work from artist Che Kumar our store was looking ready for the weekend.

    Want space like this for your business idea? Get over to somewhereto.com and we can put you in touch with some amazing spaces across the UK! We’ve negotiated 4,000 direct matches so far - could you be next?

    somewhereto_ re:store [the high street heist] and Threads TV takeover Boxpark Shoreditch

    From September 30, incredible young talents, Threads TV and somewhereto_ re:store [the high street heist] will takeover Boxpark Shoreditch. Unit 32 will be entirely run by young creatives and entrepreneurs, who will be showcasing their work and skills.

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    The unit will have different amazing events including arts, pop-up markets and shops, fashion, workshops and even live radio shows for the four week heist. It’s the perfect place for the curious-minded looking to support the original and fierce capability of this generation.

    You are invited to join us for a month of inspirational and eclectic creativity in our unit FOR FREE. Bring friends - the more, the merrier.

    Below are the exact details of the month:

    somewhereto_ re:store (the #highstreetheist) was a high impact campaign seeing young people take over a series of shops across the UK (from #London to Manchester, Glasgow, Bangor, Cardiff, Newcastle and beyond) for a six-week period, having launched in London on 18 July.

    We put disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that benefited their future ambitions as well as revamped the high street and engaged local communities.

    Find a FREE space with somewhereto_ to make your ideas come to life here

    Amazing space unlocked by somewhereto_

    Rich Mix in Shoreditch is opening its doors to young people for a summer takeover! To complete a programme of evening entertainment, Rich Mix is unlocking 6 spaces in the Main Space exclusively for somewhereto_ young people and their projects throughout August. If you are burning to bring your performance to a large, staged venue in East London this summer then this is the space for you!

     

    Rich Mix will be hosting daytime workshops, classes, master-classes, open rehearsals, seminars and talks – all focused on the artistic genres they programme. This will include art, music, theatre, dance, spoken word, visual arts and film. The aim is to give you the chance to work directly with professional artists and arts organisation, find out more about working in the arts or develop your own events and of course have doing what you love. 

    To apply, please send the following details to Hatty at AVGC@somewhereto.org before Wednesday May 15th at 9AM

    Send Hatty your:

    Name:

    Address:

    Email:

    Telephone:

    Proposal: Please tell us, in no more than 250 words, what you would like to do with the space, what sort of technical assistance you require and why your event would work well as part of Rich Mix’s programme

    Successful candidates will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel at Rich Mix on Monday 20th May, 4-6PM

    GOOD LUCK!

     

    If you need space somewhereto_ helps hundreds of 16-25 year olds across the UK get the venues, blog space, radio space… and loads more! Check out some of them here.

    And get in touch here! 

    somewhereto_ success_ The Pop-Up Department Store_

    somewhereto_ filled Hanbury Hall in East London with designs and hand crafted products of all sorts! Read here about what happened, who was there and how you can get involved too!

    "The hall was filled with the bustle of curious customers throughout the weekend, admiring and sampling the goods on offer."  Ailish - somewhereto_ young person

     

    what is the Pop-Up Department Store?

    21 budding designers and creatives transformed Hanbury Hall into a quirky space to sell the latest designs and crafts. The Pop-Up Department Store in East London opened its doors on the 17-18 November 2012 to invite shoppers to contribute to the famous retail scene and kick-start our young people’s projects.

    how did the Pop-Up Department Store get started? 

    In advance of the event itself, we invited traders to attend a day of training to boost their professional development skills. Kindly hosted in a somewhereto_ space at The Museum of London, the workshop was led by EJ Trivett – a drama practitioner who specialises in working with young entrepreneurs. She delivered five hours of… want to read more? Click here!

    Do you want to do what you love in a space you’d never usually get the chance to be in? 

    somewhereto_ unlocked hundreds of spaces for young people to be creative, sporty, entrepreneurial in. Contact us here to get involved!

    Guest Blogger, Hatty Bell! What happened at The Pop-Up Department Store…

     Our fingers and toes are still tingling from all the excitement at the weekend! Did you make it down to The Pop-Up Department Store?

     

    21 budding designers and creative transformed Hanbury Hall into a quirky space to sell the latest designs and crafts. The Pop-Up Department Store in East London opened its doors on the 17-18 November 2012 to invite shoppers to contribute to the famous retail scene and kick-start our young people’s projects.

     

    In advance of the event itself, we invited traders to attend a day of training to boost their professional development skills. Kindly hosted in a somewhereto_ space at The Museum of London, the workshop was led by EJ Trivett – a drama practitioner who specialises in working with young entrepreneurs. She delivered five hours of drama-fuelled exercises including a 30 second elevator pitch session, blogging basics, networking and marketing myths and miracles. By the end of the day, we were all bouncing off the walls with excitement and plans for the pop-up.

     

    Within hours, one young person had taken the initiative to set up a Facebook group that every trader joined and shared ideas on. The commitment and team spirit was what struck me the most – it was exciting to see the project gain an unexpected momentum.

     

    Our young people were then able to use their skills and expertise to create a cohesive space that took the shape of a department store in Hanbury Hall.  The five departments were all defined by Interior Design graduate Hannah Cackett’s, bespoke signs. These were jewellery, clothing, interiors, cosmetics and graphics.  Shoppers were particularly happy to shelter from the cold and rain to sample a hot infusion from Blue Bird Tea Co. and have a go at knitting with giant needles at Stitch and Story next door!

     

    From 10am on Saturday, there was a steady flow of people through the door. Sarah Corrigan, a jewellery designer described the weekend as ‘by far the most successful event I’ve traded at’. The pop-up has certainly got us thinking about other collaborative opportunities for future projects. Watch this space!


    Are you a young person in the UK who wants to join the hundreds of other young people getting a space of their very own? You definitely need to contact us then!

    Roll up, roll up! somewhereto_ has an important announcement to make: somewhereto_’s first Pop-Up Department Store is coming to London. Here are the details. Do come and say hello…

    Hanbury Hall in Spitalfields will play host to London’s first Pop-Up Department Store! In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Pop-Up Department Store will be a creative space for budding artists to exhibit, showcase and sell their crafts.

    The store will feature 20 promising designers, creatives and artists from networks across the UK, who have come together to collaboratively produce a weekend where they can showcase their work in an area famous for its quirky markets.

    Come and revel at the transformed Hanbury Hall, as it has been morphed into a compact shopping experience boasting jewellery, clothing, natural cosmetics, handmade yarns and more. Prepare to enter a space that teases purses but at the same time celebrates the latest in ornate crafts and innovative design by some of the most exciting young talent in the capital!

    Happy Monday somewhereto_ crew,  hope you all had spiffing weekend!

    Apologies, here at somewhereto_ HQ we have take to speaking like its 1932…just to jazz up the day as we find you somewhereto_ do your thing…

    Speaking of which, if you require somewhereto_ rehearse, exhibit, perform, perhaps even screen a film, then once again we have the perfect space for you! Then you should to check out Press Play House in East London. Its a wonderful spacious location with high ceilings that can hold up to 250 people and is available daily from 10 am to 11pm!

    So what you waiting for? Find out more about this space here.

    Don’t forget that we have hundreds of spaces just waiting for you to come and do your thing, check them out here.