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  • 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 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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    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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    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!

    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.

    The Spotlight: http://www.youtube.com/user/somewhere…
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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!

    somewhereto_ re:store hits Aberystwyth

    What would you do with a disused shop? The fabulous Aberystwyth re:store team have so far hosted (big breath..!) a music society, DJ sets, an art exhibition, a photography show and a drama workshop. Not bad for their first two weeks! Their shop had been empty for the past few months since the closure of an ink cartridge business. We think they’ve done a pretty fantastic job and this is just start!

    Here’s a few pictures of their fabulous work!

    Got a fantastic idea of your own for a disused space? Head over to somewhereto_ where we can match you with a space of your own.

    somewhereto_ re:store (the high street heist) in Manchester kicked off on 25 July with a day of performances and activities at the Corn Exchange. Young film maker Anthony Price made this beautiful short film of the launch. 

    Gareth Gates surprised the audience who had turned up to check out the launch. The singer-songwriter made an appearance to speak about the importance of space in helping young creatives  to achieve their dreams.  Babycakes, clothing designers who are on the way to doing just that,  set up a live art installation to showcase their products.  The crowd was entertained by  performances by Megan Grooters, J Bear and the Giants and, from Z arts  the Sat’day Allsorts as well as by great pieces by 3 Roots theatre and Lia Baron. All in all an amazing start to somewhereto_ re:store Manchester.

    somewhereto_ re:store (the #highstreetheist) is 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’re putting disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that will benefit their future ambitions as well as revamp the high street and engage local communities.

    Want to know more and get involved?

    Visit https://somewhereto.com/restore

    somewhereto_ create a brand new style of event

    A newly formed immersive event En Route: Transition From One Home To Another began with two students, one studying music and the other studying performance arts, who were eager to create a new type of event combining their fields of interests in a different way.

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    With the concept of ‘two contrasting feel of homes’, the two organisers wanted to recreate a journey of going between two homes: one where you feel emotionally pressured and the other emotionally comfortable, and so they decided to organise an event that would immerse the audience into experiencing that journey.

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    They gathered an enthusiastic group of young artists together in London, collaborating with 11 artists and 6 musicians to present their works, which included live music, interactive performances and a collection of art installations to present the concept of transition and contrast between two different homes.

     

    The journey of En Route began with the audience having to go through a certain route. They were greeted at the event and were given a pass with list of questions that the audience were required to fill in.

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    The journey began with Moon Lee’s series of photographs of her home entirely wrapped in bubble wrap. This was followed into another section of the first home with Josh Pemberton’s funny and highly visual video installation ‘77’, where the audience could sit on the couch and enjoy the video with snacks laid out on the table.

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    Next was a room with Anya Mustoo’s and Chae-eun Park’s interactive installations where people were invited to confess ‘Something You’ve Never Been Able To Expressed’ in a letter, write in an address book, and open to read passages from books hanging off the walls. This room also contained a selection of other art, interactive performance and music creations by other artists; Eleanor Jarvis, Megumi Readhead, Sing Yeh, Michael Cowler and Ting Yeh.

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    The route then reached the point of transition at the ‘Border’, where the actors dressed up as border agency officers requested your ticket and interrogated you with arbitrary questions before you were let through to the other space – the other home.

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    As you entered the second home (the emotionally comfortable but materialistically strained) you were welcomed by a puppet dog coming to sniff your hand and play, created and manipulated by puppeteer Emily-Jane Stedman. The second space was a relaxed setting with paintings by Kwame Frempong, self-portrait by Hae-Eun Lee and animation by Hina Fujimoto and Ermina Takenova. Also with the complementary of the bar and an invented game of skittles game, people could sit down and end their journey with live music performances by The Venus Bushfires, PEGI, Nora Benjamin, Claudia Heidegger and Rosina Andrews. 

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    somewhereto_ helped finding the space to hold En Route: Transition From One Home To Another, which was held at the Vibe Gallery and ran for two days on the 5 and 6 May 2013 with great success. It received excellent feedback from its audience and brought many young creative people together to network and to collaborate.

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    Need space? To do anything! Start a business, put on a theatrical spectacular, ice skate, break a world record, start a charity, host a Big Lunch…..???

    you know who to call

    somewhereto_NI are about to brighten up the high street!

    somewhereto_ Northern Ireland are busy preparing for an exciting few days in May with their event The Open Source.

    The Open Source is a performance space, music venue and workshop hub bringing life back into an empty space on Belfast’s Donegall Street during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

     

     

    For eleven days, The Open Source brings life to a vacant property and provides space for free workshops, performances and exchange of ideas between 12 noon and 7pm daily. Check out their programme here.

     

     Run by volunteers and made possible by the donation of the space, furniture, equipment and the artists’ time, The Open Source relies on the spirit of collectivism and collaboration to provide a dynamic, creative hub in the city. 

    This year’s Open Source is 25 Donegall Street, Belfast. Check back on their page here for more photos as the space begins to take shape in the run-up to opening day on 2nd May.  

    Do you need space to do what you love? Get in touch with somewhereto_ so we can find you the ultimate space to do what you love to do..

    Our newly unlocked space at Vibe Place is getting a splash of somewhereto_ yellow on the 5th and 6th of May.

    Enroute is 13 young artists and six unique music performers who will take you on an immersive journey! What’s more, it’s free! Make sure you donate though as these guys have been working hard! 

    Everyone is welcome to come by at 6:30 to get a drink and get ready for the amazing performance at 8pm

    Do you want space to put on an event of your own? Get in touch with somewhereto_ here

    Georgio Savvides is the founder of The Hip-Hop orchestra. Here, filmed in One KX (a space provided by somewhereto_ for free), we get a teaser of his mission to make classical music more popular with young people by fusing it with hip-hop in a cover of Kanye West’s Amazing. Stay tuned as we’ll be showcasing more of the orchestra’s remixes.

    If, like Georgio, you have a great idea but need the space to do it then you only need to get in touch with us! Check out some of our spaces here. Get in contact here!