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  • As the final week of re:store at Boxpark came to an end, we were lucky enough to have The Free Yard keeping us energised with their selection of upcoming streetwear brands.to act as a fitting finale to an amazing few months.

    Stocked with brands such as Typical Freaks, Born Star, Kenza and The Free Yard’s very own Esoteric label, the store looked vibrant and had many heads returning to pick up the pieces on offer. We also had artist Edmond Brooks gracing our walls with four key pieces of art, all so beautiful.

    As 7pm on the Saturday came by, it was a struggle to shut the doors. It’s been such a great six weeks and the shop managers have had such an amazing time with the different artists in store. We would like to thank all of the artists that participated and a huge thank you to Threads TV and Boxpark for their collaboration. Last, but by no means least, a massive shout out to our amazing shop managers Misha Megnha and Laura Frood for their incredible hardwork!

    Want your own space to kick start a business idea? Applications are now open for spaced_ 2.0! Want in? Apply here!

    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.

    5 top tips to get into the creative industries…

    Looking for some direction and advice for your career? Here are some words of wisdom from our panel of experts that spoke at our Artstart event at the Rich Mix Arts centre

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    Your degree won’t get you a job. You get yourself a job. When it comes to a creative career, personal drive always wins. Keep knocking on doors! And if you can’t find a job that suits you then make one. Be proactive, discover through trial and error.

     

    Know your strengths, and what you need help with- never be afraid to ask!

    Jen Olsen from the Tate Collectives stressed that ‘Collaboration is key to getting ahead in the artspace’ and as Mark Shanley from Wieden + Kennedy noted ‘it’s a meeting of imaginations’ you need to make the most of the digital space to come together.

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    Interact, network, keep in touch, volunteer as much as possible and attend events. They build your personal & professional skills. It’s important to think about what you can both get and give from your network when you are building career.

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    Think about who your audience is before you start reaching out. It’s not all digital. Our panel’s take on social media is that it’s most useful to show the personality behind the work. Use it to build personal brand. If you are having an event.

     

    Overall our panel tells us that what they look for when recruiting is initiative, hard work, and plain nice, someone they can have a drink with! – it’s important that you find an org that fits with you!

    Got a creative idea that you want to work on but can’t find the right place to do so? Get in touch with somewhereto_ and we can find you the perfect space! http://somewhereto.com/

    somewhereto_ feel at home in your body

    Jamie interviewed Irreverent Dance’s founder Amanda Jones on her career as a social entrepreneur and asked for her tips for young people starting out. Amanda founded her first social enterprise in her early 20s and went on to create two successful organisations. Irreverent Dance is a project that offers dance classes from ballet to hip hop to adults with little or no experience of dance. It makes use of spaces in East and South London. 

    Amanda Jones is a pro-profit social entrepreneur based in London. Last year Amanda set up Irreverent Dance, an organisation that offers a range of dance classes to adults of all body shapes and sizes.  The project was inspired by Amanda’s experience of ballet as a teenager. The criticism she received in dance classes led her to lose confidence in her body. Amanda was able to use skills she developed as a young social entrepreneur to set up a dance space based on body positivity.

     

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    Amanda’s career as a social entrepreneur began seven years ago,  shortly after she graduated from university. In 2007 Amanda co-founded Red Button Design, a social enterprise that “designs, manufactures and supplies products exclusively for the humanitarian market”.  One is these products is the Midomo, a water purifier that  can be used by people in developing countries to access safe water independently.  Amanda originally pitched the Midomo (then called the DD5 Ross) on the BBC programme Dragon’s Den! 

     

    Irreverent Dance was set up to make dance fun and accessible for people of all body types and abilities.  You might have noticed that most professional dancers are super fit - which generally involves being slim and toned.  Unfortunately this means that dancers of all ages, including very young children, are expected to fall in line with ideals of beauty and fitness. The Irreverent Dance studio is “body positive” which means it aims to create a welcoming and supportive space no matter what your body is like. It is one of the few places in London where adults with no prior experience can turn up and learn to dance without feeling like their body is being scrutinised or criticised. 

     

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    As a social enterprise, Irreverent Dance works as a profitable organisation, yet also helps people improve their attitude to themselves and their body through dance classes. Social enterprises are organisations that use commercial strategies to solve social or environmental problems.  I asked Amanda what advice she would offer young people looking to get started in social enterprise. She encourages young people starting out not to be afraid of approaching established social entrepreneurs for support:  

    “Throw yourself into the start-up community. Social enterprise, by its very nature, is full of people willing to share their experiences and dispense advice. Don’t hide at home until you think your idea is ‘finished’ or ‘presentable’ get out there while it’s just a seed, it’ll be better for the early input of a crowd”. 

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    Photo credit for ballet images: Jon Topper

    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? Take your talent to the streets at somewhereto.com/restore

    somewhereto_ re:store (the high street heist) launches in Bangor!

    somewhereto_re:store is bringing a splash of colour and vibrancy to the seaside town of Bangor this summer. The building on Main Street known locally as Woodsides – a former bustling family owned department store that closed two years ago along with many others – was again filled with people on Wednesday morning when somewhereto_re:store launched its Northern Ireland shop. 

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    The launch was a preview of what’s in store for people over the coming weeks, showcasing the talents, ideas, and innovations of young people from across Northern Ireland. It opened with inspiring words from Peter Osborne from the Big Lottery Fund, and Northern Ireland campaign ambassador Gary Flynn, who is a champion of innovation and enterprise through his urban ifestyle initiative T13

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    Keeping the crowd entertained were Susie-Blue, a 19-year-old singer/ songwriter from UK City of Culture Derry~Londonderry, and Bangor local Patrick Kelly. 

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    ‘art on the high street_’ is our gallery wall, where young artists can launch their career and reach new markets with their work. Our opening artists were Kyle Lamb, who uses mirrors to ‘paint with light’, and Lauren Shaw, a local photographer with an eye for moody, richly textured, black-and-white images.  

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    Fashion design student Kirsti Reid, just back from a year in Paris, used somewhereto_re:store as a platform to introduce Bangor’s first Concept Store, where, rather than just pick a garment off a hanger, the shopper can explore the design process from the collage of images that inspired it to the calico mock-ups that come before the finished piece is cut and sewn. 

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    Meet the mentors

    somewhereto_re:store is all about supporting young people to pursue their passions and reawaken the high street to the creativity of a new generation. Leading the charge were our mentors – exceptional young people who know the pitfalls and rewards of turning your idea, hobby, or passion into a successful business venture, and who want to support their peers to do the same. 

    Graham Robinson was 24 years-old and fresh out of college when he started ‘I Love QC’. Seven years later, his portfolio includes names like Smashing Pumpkins, Goldie, and DJ Spooky, venues like the New York Met, Space Ibiza and El Divino, and he has recently co-authored a book on Apple Technologies.

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    William Barr set up Billy Goat Entertainment when he was 23. Within a short space of time Billy Goat Entertainment has grown from one person into a compact yet exceptionally motivated collection of individuals, all working toward the common goal of ensuring that Billy Goat Entertainment becomes a world-renowned video game studio.

    The doors of Woodsides are open again, to the bustle of the high street and to the ideas of young creative entrepreneurs. There are still plenty of ways to get involved, whether you want to showcase your business venture, try your hand as an event organiser, offer a class, or gain hands-on experience with running a pop-up space. Contact rebekah@somewhereto.org for more information, or just call in and say hello. 

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    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? Take your talent to the streets at http://somewhereto.com/restore

    Talented young singer Juliyaa performed at Richmix, a space provided by somewhereto_

    Watch her amazing performance and please make sure you share, comment, reblog and like to show your support.

    Are you a talented singer looking for a place to rehearse/perform or shoot your music video? We can provide you with free space now, find out more here

    O.D.D, Spookey Lukey and TXS from the East Midlands found free spaces to dance with somewhereto_

    Please share, comment, reblog, Like etc and tell us what you think!

    Need a space for your dance rehearsals/performances or dance video? Find your free space here

    Swoosh Culture: Can You Swish It Like This? #innovatespace

    It’s #innovatespace time again! This time we’re celebrating the bringing back of the old school! 


    Swap shops have been around for ages.. since the 1950s! But these days when we’re all penny pinching, Brixton Market are mixing it up. 

    Have an idea for a great pop-up shop? Do you need the space to do something really innovative? somewhereto_ finds space for 16 - 25 year olds to do what they love to do!

    Contact us here

    Q&A with young entrepreneur: Cyril Ofori Nelson



    24 year old young entrepreneur, Cyril Ofori Nelson, is the co-founder of production company, so|fraiche!. He decided to set up his own company with film producer Gerald Sagoe after he finished University and couldn’t find an ideal job in the highly competitive media industry.



    Cyril says “I couldn’t find a job so I made my own”. The work of so|fraiche! has not gone unnoticed and they are currently working with Business Link & Channel 4 to increase & promote entrepreneurship.
     

    If you’re a young entrepreneur yourself, or are thinking of starting your own business, read on for a Q&A with Cyril. He has some great advice for people trying to be their own boss successfully.


    Describe yourself in 5 words
    On this thing most days! 


    What are you passionate about?
    The Business world, progressive conversation, Instagram, city life, NYC, street art, nice shoes, Ghana and London in no particular order!


    Tell us about your company, so|fraiche!
    We are a visual & editorial company providing services to companies, projects & individuals from corporate videos to articles for publication. 


    Describe so|fraiche! in 5 words
    Accessible, collective, international, trendy & arty 






    Where did the idea for the company come from?
    I met up with film producer Gerald Sagoe in October 2011 and we wanted to form a media outlet that promoted young professionals from around the world in a positive light. We both had media links so decided to film interesting people from London then Europe, now we are heading to America; our scope is constantly increasing! 


    How did you start? How did it all begin?
    We had a few cameras and were surrounded by various creatives so we decided to create our first promo video which generated a lot of positive feedback. From that we started to interview various creatives and inspirational people from Levi Roots to Mayor of London candidate Siobhan Benita




    Did you have a lot of support? How did you raise finances to set up your company?
    O2 Think Big gave us a lot of support and even became our media partners which gave us the confidence for us to build our company so we are very grateful to them for helping us grow.
    We approached other funding companies who did not feel that our company helped enough people in the community which was puzzling. So to generate income & grow we set up So Fraiche Media Ltd, which provides media content to companies from various industries & we have already worked with Nike, Bloomberg, Channel 4 & Digital Dumbo


    What or who inspired, or continually inspires you?
    My team members and the people we feature. My team are amazing individuals who come from various backgrounds and they continually share their knowledge and skills so it’s great when we all meet up. Some of the creatives and innovators are so talented and hard working you can’t help but also be inspired by them.


    What obstacles have you encountered and tell us how you overcame them?
    When we first started looking for clients it was challenging because we didn’t have a big track record, so it was hard convincing them that we were the real deal. However as our portfolio increased and clients were happy with our services they also recommend their friends to So Fraiche Media & sofraiche! 


    How would you encourage another young person to get started with their business idea? Any key advice?
    I would say just be proactive, I have a lot of friends who come to me saying they have been thinking about setting up a business/ project/ venture for months and they have been working on their business plan for X amount of time. I just tell them “why haven’t you started the actual business yet”?



    Most of them say because they are scared of failure or they want to finish their business plan first. My response is “you are going to make a few mistakes when starting any business the trick is to learn from those mistakes and not do it again”.



    My other piece of advice is to always plan ahead! You plan to fail if you fail to plan.


    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received in your journey?
    From Sam Conniff at Livity funny enough! He said:



    when looking to pitch or sell something to someone always highlight the features and benefits of your idea”. 





    What’s the biggest achievement you’ve had to date?
    Our constant growth is something that impresses us. I remember talking about so|fraiche! but actually executing ideas into visuals is something completely different. I think working with Channel 4 is something that we are excited about as the scope for what we are doing is epic.


    Where do you see yourself and your company in 5 years?
    I want our company to be valued at £100,000,000 & we are already planning that. I will also want to keep working with creatives & young professionals on new business ideas globally.




    What’s the most unusual/funniest thing that’s happened to you in your business journey? Any embarrassing moments?
    We were filming in Berlin for Telefornica & I decided to take our film crew out for dinner. Whilst we were eating two men started fight whilst everyone continued to eat their dinner. We were thinking is this normal? Shouldn’t someone stop this? After about 5 minutes of fighting I think they were tired then just walked away!    



    What’s your guilty pleasure?
    I play too much Fifa 13 at my friends house, thank God I don’t have a PS3! 



    What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.

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    A sentiment shared by many from famous American literary genius, John Updike.

    In this busy world we live in, you might be in need of some breathing room of your own. Somewhere to explore your creativity or to set your passions free. Sometimes, all it takes is a little space, for us to see things clearly and to realise our true potential.

    Give your spirit the chance to do just that. Get in touch with us today, we might have exactly the space you’re looking for!

    somewhereto_ has launched Platform 7, an exhibition featuring seven emerging UK artists and seven young curators, all under 25. The exhibition launched in Edinburgh 18th October with a packed preview event.

    For most of the artists and curators this is their first experience of curating or exhibiting outside of college shows. The collection features works by Sarah Boulton, Hannah Topalian, Martina Martin, Yuan Zhang, Rosie ShepleySaule Zukaityte and Hannah Reilly.

    The exhibition investigates the idea of having a platform in order to react to the theatrical nature of the showcase. The curators; Nella Aarne, Sean BellJemma Craig, Gordon DouglasYasemin Hacioglu, Lizzie Hudson and Rachael Smith, were pulled together from a UK-wide callout by somewhereto_ delivery partners Hot Tap Media.

    They were mentored by Glasgow curator Emma Brasó to help create the group exhibition.

    Platform 7 is at Whitespace Gallery, 11 Gayfield Square Edinburgh, until 25th October, and will then tour Liverpool and Manchester alongside a Showcase collection by partners The Skinny magazine.

    It’s free to attend, and you can find more information on Facebook

    Would you like to see a film screening that showcases London’s most talented young filmmakers?

    Well, to celebrate the 56th BFI Film Festival, Latimer Talks is doing just that on October 25th. What’s even better is that you, the audience, get to choose the winner!  

    It’s free to attend, and as if it could get any better - there will also be FREE popcorn and a chance to network. Perfect for any budding young filmmakers. 

    Youth Enterprise Live!

    Over the course of two days in mid-October, Youth Enterprise Live (YEL) came to town; a new concept exhibition that looks to let young people know about the organisations, projects and ideas that fill those often grey areas between education and employment. The idea was that young people would leave YEL with a better sense of the support networks available to them as they move into the potentially perilous world of earning money and supporting themselves.

    somewhereto_ is all about providing a platform for young people to get their projects moving, giving them space to develop stuff they love. The hope is that this gives them the chance to sidestep those tricky times with nothing to do and nowhere to go, populating those days with meaningful stuff driven by them. YEL was therefore a good opportunity for us to get the word out to a new audience about somewhereto_. Regional coordinators, brand ambassadors, Livity family members and somewhereto_ volunteers all did their bit to shout about the project via our stand.

     

    But what really set us apart at YEL was our stage presence. Literally. We welcomed performers from across the UK to do their thing on stage; this was somewhereto_ in action and as a result of providing something different, our impact and reach within an exhibition hall context was palpable.  We had conscious rap from Croydon, manga art from Halifax, a crooner from the Wirral, body-popping from Blackburn and knitted installations from Manchester. And these were just the organised performers. Thanks to our pragmatic volunteer stage programmers we also hosted a mini talent show on our stage, compared by some bright young urban voices who saw somewhereto_ take a chance, and took it.

     

    Our reach at YEL didn’t stop at young people – other exhibitors saw the opportunity to shout about their projects from our stage and we were happy to oblige, giving spotlight to Spirit of London Awards, Battlefront, the St. John’s Ambulance and Smarta. It was great to share the space with YEL’s youth media partners LIVE magazine too. Led by Celeste, LIVE’s street team bought a real sense of purpose to the area and were instrumental in getting young people who wouldn’t normally have done so to perform on our stage. This meant that our space was always bustling, always busy - somewhereto_ see great performances from our talented young people. 

    If you want a space to do what you love, get in touch with now!

    London dance trio TriN3rgy land in Rio with somewhereto_!

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    It’s amazing to see how far the ‘show off’ journey has come, from 130 video submissions, to the Top 10 performing at the Olympic Park, and now the winners, TriN3rgy, filming in Rio!

    The boys have been working hard in the Rio heat to showcase their talent to the max in this film and have been visiting some wonderful locations in Brazil’s capital.

    Take a look at the videos below for a behind the scenes look at how filming’s going, and visit out Facebook page and our Rio page for day to day photos of the experience!

    Filming in Rochina Favela

    Filming on Copacabana beach