Using converted shipping containers create an open-access workshop for arts and upcycling projects that helps to set a precedent for triple bottom line enterprises that benefit the community and the environment in abandoned and ‘stalled’ spaces in our cities.
There are so many 'stalled spaces' in our cities that people don't know what to do with. This project helps to set the precedent that other can follow to open up spaces with minimal capital (compared to acquiring buildings) and give people the chance to make things with their hands.
Involving the local community enhances the social value, recycling/upcycling materials enhances the environmental value and, if successful, commissioned pieces and repair facilities generate economic capital. Nailing the triple bottom line model for sustainable enterprise!
The success of this project will be measured by the throughput of people and projects. After the launch of the initial project to spark awareness, based on the experience of the Gorbals Arts Project, that momentum follows.
The site that we are looking to acquire is in very close proximity to the Gorbals allotments so the potential to merge with them and create a multi-faceted hub for all things hands-on in incredibly exciting!
There are a number of other similar projects in the city such as the Woodlands Community Garden/Workspace that we could networks with locally but also, network with similar projects all across Europe and promote skills exchange that transcends boarders.
The ambition is high, but before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to get this first step up and running!
> Acquire the site (already identified and in talks with the city council under the Stalled Spaces initiative to acquire)
> Acquire the shipping containers that will house the equipment and workshop itself
> Adapt the containers for purpose (power, toilet, insulation etc.)
> Source materials from the community (i.e. recycling/upcycling)
> Launch high-profile project to get people involved.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe