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Summer School 2010: Venues & Visits

Places for Creativity


The Creative Clusters Summer School includes visits to some of the longest-established and most successful workspaces for creative enterprises anywhere in the world.

The Chief Executives and senior staff of all these workspaces will give delegates invaluable insight into how they got where they are today, and where they are going next.

We visit the Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter and the world heritage site at Saltaire. We eat in traditional Yorkshire pubs that are finding a new identity as high-quality gastro-pubs, and for our final dinner we go to the beautiful Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


The Media Centre, Huddersfield


The Media Centre is located in the heart of Huddersfield, 25 minutes from Leeds and Manchester, and is home to a thriving community of digital, media and creative

Along with business and IT support, creative programme, Café Ollo and meeting/conference rooms, the Centre has 121 office spaces, 21 live-work studios and Virtual Offices for over 120 companies and 300 people.


Workstation / Showroom, Sheffield


The Workstation / Showroom is one of the UK’s first and largest workspaces specialising in the creative industries.

Built in the 1930s, this iconic Art Deco building is home to over 60 creative enterprises and the four screen independent Showroom cinema. It is the venue for Sheffield’s International Documentary Film festival and other media events.


Electric Works, Sheffield


electricworks is a state-of-the-art office space for creative, digital and media businesses based in Sheffield. Opened in March 2009, it offers sophisticated ‘plug and play’ workspaces, alongside a range of flexible and virtual office solutions, all in a dynamic social environment.

Electric Works is the only UK office building with a permanent three storey helter skelter, designed to help create a memorable experience for visitors and an exhilarating place for staff to work.


Cultural Industries Quarter, Sheffield


Sheffield CIQ was the first urban area anywhere in the world to be zoned by a city council specifically for creative industries production. It is Yorkshire’s leading cluster of creative enterprise and learning, and is home to:

  • Workstation / Showroom complex: One of Europe’s largest independent cinema (four auditoria,
    education spaces, café/bar, host to media festivals), alngside a major creative industries workspace, with over 60 tenant companies, exhibition space and meeting rooms.
  • Electric Works: State-of-the-art contemporary office space for creative, digital and media businesses.
  • Persistence Works: The UK’s first purpose-built studio complex for artists and craftspeople, with fifty-three studios,exhibition and project space, offices and a meeting room.
  • Site Gallery: International contemporary gallery with cafe, digital media suite, residency room and studio space.
  • Access Space: The UK’s first “Free Media Lab” – a community space equipped with locally recycled computers running free, open source software.
  • Freeman College: Providing an innovative and experiential education for 16 to 25 year olds with special learning needs.
  • Sheffield Independent Film: Multipurpose studio, equipment, an HD Post-Production Edit Suite and production office space, servicing a community of freelance filmmakers, production companies and artists.
  • Red Tape Studios: Training for the music industry by music professionals.
  • The Cube: South Yorkshire’s first bespoke live/work scheme
  • Doc/Fest: Bringing the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days every November.
  • Lovebytes: A cultural festival for the digital age.
  • SHIFT: Using media to engage young people and help them seek careers into the media industry.
  • BBC Radio Sheffield: Local radio.
  • Sheffield Hallam University: City campus, including students union and art and media courses.
  • Sheffield Science Park: Delivering specialist support to technology start-ups in the digital, IT, e-business, software and multimedia sectors.


Salt’s Mill, Saltaire


When it opened in 1853, Salt’s Mill was the largest industrial building in the world by total floor area. It made high quality textiles from Alpaca and Donskoi wool, and made its owner Titus Salt one of the richest men in Yorkshire.

The mill operated until 1986, when it was acquired by Jonathan Silver who began the renovation programme that his family continues today.

Salt’s Mill is now a Grade II* listed building that houses a wide range of businesses, including design, musical instruments and consumer electronics. It is a destination for arts and lifestyle-led shops, cafes and art galleries, incuding a major collection of Bradford-born artist, David Hockney.


Saltaire: UNESCO World Heritage Site


Saltaire is an outstandingly well-preserved 19th century industrial village. Its textile mills, public buildings and workers’ housing are built in a harmonious style of high architectural standards. The urban plan, which survives intact, strongly influenced the ‘garden city’ movement, andvividly reflects Victorian philanthropic paternalism.

Saltaire’s active urban community led the succesful UNESCO World Heritage listing bid in 2001. The village hosts an annual arts festival, an arts trail and a growing number of culture-related retail businesses.


Point Blank: The Riverside


Point Blank is a ground-breaking social enterprise delivering three strands of activity: a schools programme offering workshops, performances and artist residencies; a community programme offering training, work placements and participatory performance projects; and a national acclaimed touring theatre programme.

In April 2009 Point Blank bought The Riverside pub in Sheffield’s Kelham Island, which now operates as a live arts and entertainment venue. A 100-seater Studio Theatre is planned, alongside other creative enterprise projects including a social kitchen, micro brewery, environmental trust and arts development agency.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Yorkshire Sculpture Park is set in the grounds of the Bretton estate, Wakefield, which was designed in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is the first sculpture park of its kind in the UK. The park covers 500 acres, ranging from wooded areas to open spaces, providing a landscape for modern and contemporary sculptures by artists from around the world.

Since the 1990s YSP has also made use of a variety of indoor exhibition spaces. Its programme consists of contemporary and Modern sculpture, from Rodin and Bourdelle through to younger living artists.

Yorkshire Location Map


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