Project information

artspace Bath

Artspace Bath: a 4 day contemporary arts event as a proof of concept to develop an ongoing contemporary artspace in Bath.

May 2014 - June 2014

Charity information: 5x5x5 - Creativity

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  • Need


    This venture aims to improve the distinctiveness, vitality and sustainability of Bath. Artspace will engage a wider audience in creativity and culture to support community cohesion.
    The problems in Bath:
    • Creative talent doesn’t have anywhere to exhibit
    • There is a dearth of activity for young people
    • Bath is overly identified as a tourist trap
    • Bath is stuck in the past: it is the ‘graveyard of ambition’


    The concept of engagement underpins both the temporary space and event and, ultimately, the need for a permanent, vibrant and imaginative arts space.
    The proposed 4 day event is a proof of concept template for the wider vision to:
    • Make visible our collective imagination as a city
    • Inspire and develop playfulness and creativity in local people of all ages
    • Encourage young people to stay in the city
    • Bring radical arts programming to Bath
    • Bring something entirely fresh to the city

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a pop-up open-air interactive art space


    » We will create an imaginative, immersive and rejuvenating space, with a series of events and encounters driven by the question: 'Where is art?'

    What success will look like

    Engagement will be the connective tissue between contemporary arts and their role in Bath’s reinvention and promoting well-being, cultural, economic and public value.

    Aim 2

    To create a space for children, young people and adults to make art alongside contemporary artists


    » We will engage contemporary artists across disciplines in a series of intergenerational workshops and actiivities

    What success will look like

    The project will provide an inspiring and creative opportunity for children, young people and adults to participate in contemporary arts activities.

  • Impact


    The evidence of engagement and social change from the initial event will position Bath as:
    A world-class centre of imagination and inventiveness
    A magnet for global talent
    A meeting point for collaboration, play and enterprise
    A city that actively inspires the creative potential of its young people
    A city with outstanding and radical entrepreneurialism, human creative genius and wellbeing.


    Artists may pull out of the project so we will have a contingency plan in place.
    Weather may affect the site so we will have all weather provision in place.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report detailing ongoing activities and forthcoming events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Project management Planning, coordination and management
      £5,000 Publicity and marketing Flyers, website and media communication
      £10,000 Tensile structure Waterproof open structure
      £10,000 Installation Multi media installation
      £10,000 Artists workshops 20 contemporary artists workshops for children, young people and adults (artists fees and materials)
      £2,500 Documentation Film and photography
      £2,500 Evaluation Report and dissemination
  • Background


    Bath city centre

    "Bath may have the potential to capitalise on its creative industries - BUT it will need to become attractive to the ‘creative classes’ and attract a more dynamic, younger audience by creating spaces they want to and can afford to work and play in". Eric Van Der Kleij, Tech City London


    Artspace will help the people of Bath, adding a missing dimension to life in the city, engaging a wider audience in creativity and culture to support community cohesion.

    We are sure that creating a dedicated and lively artspace in the city will create a hub for avant garde and leading-edge creativity; and that this will have a knock-on effect in revitalising the city as a vibrant community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Colleagues collectively hold a great deal of the expertise required to deliver the project, representing 5x5x5=creativity in partnership with Bath University, Bath Spa University, Illuminate Bath, Bath Festivals, Bath Film Festival, Buro Happold, WOMAD and Real World Studios, TEDx Youth Bath, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Demuths' Cookery School, Grant Assocociates and Invisible Studio

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Penny Hay


    Justina Clarke


    Rhodri Samuel

    Regeneration Manager Bath

    Charlotte Calkin


Making creativity visible

Making creativity visible