Flemingate shopping centre in Beverley, East Yorkshire has opened a dedicated retail space for artists and designers. The Creative Lab, launched by local artists Mikey Mathieson and Chris Kidd, offers a platform for artists around the area to exhibit and sell their work.
The first of its kind in East Yorkshire, The Creative Lab provides cost-effective space for both new and established artists to trade in a fully-staffed retail environment. Trading has already been very positive with the launch day seeing more than 120 shoppers purchase items.
'It’s been a fantastic opening for us. The reaction from the public has been amazing and lots of people have said that this is just what Beverley needs. We’ve started off with 30 artists, makers and designers and our goal is to increase that to 80 within six months. We’re really excited about the future,' says Mathieson.
Co-director, Kidd, adds: 'Since we approached Flemingate they have been very supportive of the whole idea of bringing something that supports local businesses into this environment. We’re really proud and pleased with how it’s gone so far and look forward to developing the concept over the coming months.'
David Donkin, property director at Wykeland Group, says: 'There’s been a great response to the opening of Creative Lab – it’s a fantastic opportunity for fledging businesses to do business and succeed without the prohibitive costs of having their own premises.'