Creative Partners

The Temporary Spaces Programme has grown to a national scale and to help manage this East Street Arts develops partnerships with local creative organisations.

This enables artist engagement and audience development across the country, providing support at grassroots level and building local infrastructure, whilst keeping an East Street Arts ethos and developing a national network of temporary space practitioners.

We develop partnerships in areas that are both difficult to manage geographically and where we encounter increased interest in the use of temporary spaces by local artists and creative organisations. Ideally we are then able to take on a cluster of temporary spaces to ensure some project longevity and cater for the evident need. East Street Arts supports partnerships financially and with professional development. We encourage growth of partnership groups to become sustainable, independent and established in the long term.

Long Term Partners:

Navigator North: Middlesborough

The first artist collective to develop a partnership through our Temporary Space Programme, Navigator North manage 7 vacant buildings across the North East including the large 9 storey office block in Middlesborough, Dundas House.

Dundas House has proved to be a vibrant creative hub since 2011. Navigator North, a Community Interest Company exists to initiate, facilitate and promote opportunities for visual artists and to further their creative practice, with a particular interest in non-art space.

This Project: Wrexham

Our partners THIS project is a social enterprise firmly embedded within the town of Wrexham in North Wales. Led by Dave Gray and Mike Jones, they seized on the potential of a partnership with East Street Arts as they had been seeking a way of working in temporary spaces in the town but had found it difficult to establish connections with landlords.

They opened their doors in July 2013 in the former JJB in the town centre with an amazing array of projects. Around 34,000 visitors have been received since July 2013. The landlords acknowledge the quality, diversity and quantity of the events and activities using the space and have made another building available.

The core aims of THIS project are:
• Promote grass roots community activity
• Create opportunities to support emerging artists
• Conceive original arts activity to engage with other artists, the general public, educational and cultural institutions

East Street Arts is proud to have supported the on going project.

The Creative and Cultural Company: Hull

Creative Cultural Company manage a number of vacant retails units in Hull in partnership with East Street Arts, Pride of Place (POP), Hull International Photography and The Glitch Studio.

The organisation has been operational since 1992 creating opportunities for the public to engage with the arts and supporting artists to share their skills, developing an audience for their works. With a belief in democratising contemporary arts, working with meanwhile spaces allows the Creative Cultural Company to act as an enabler rather than a gatekeeper.

POP opened in 2014 in an old TK Maxx store in Princes Quay Shopping Centre and quickly became a showcase for local talent.

Dyad Creative – Dove Street Studios: Norwich

Dyad Creative is a Franco British collaboration founded in 2014 by Theodora Lecrinier and Hannah Turner Wallis. Dyad Creative’s practice focuses on visual art and contemporary performance. In questioning what performance is, they explore notions of communication and social engagement through diverse art projects and the running of creative spaces in Norwich.

Dove Street Studios is a versatile collection of spaces with 20 permanent studio residents and 3 project spaces in the heart of Norwich. Run by Dyad Creative, the space is host to a diverse programme of residencies, workshops, and other events year-round.

Proteus Theatre: Basingstoke

Formed in 1981, Proteus has a
long history of creating quality work; producing a programme of events that serves audiences locally, nationally and internationally. They produce touring shows, projects, residencies
and workshops and play a key role
in the provision of performance and participatory opportunities for the wider community, regularly reaching a target audience of 12,000 people annually.
Proteus Theatre works in a large vacant office space in Basingstoke.

The Gap: Birmingham

East Street Arts has been working in partnership with The GAP Arts Project since April 2013 to animate empty spaces in the West Midlands. They have facilitated a number of creative activities in two vacant offices in central Birmingham and three shops in Central Square Shopping Centre, Erdington.

The GAP Arts Project has worked
with Cobalt Blue, United Artspace, Box of Frogs, Big Brum, Rambling Heart, Somewhere_to, Root2Fruit and the Civic Foundry.

Between April 2013 and February 2015 477 sessions were held with 520 Artists (76 under 16), 171 audience members, 84 participants and 31 volunteers.

Majestic Studios: Stoke

Majestic Studios originally started life in Majestic Chambers, a huge old school building based in the centre of Stoke-on Trent provided by East Street Arts. It had been empty for years and now houses eight artists working in an open plan office. The artists are fine art graduates who did not want to leave Stoke and the region.

The artists are linked to other studio based groups and artists collectives and are active in programming exhibitions and workshops.


SALT + POWELL is a curatorial partnership, based in York, set up in 2013 to support artists and facilitate challenging exhibitions and events. Their long-term goal is to form an experimental ‘DIY’ platform that connects emerging, recently graduated, and local artists on the cusp of their careers with a wider demographic.

Northern Young Artists: Barnsley and Huddersfield

Northern Young Artists was set up in 2008 to support artists who had recently graduated, by providing the space to continue to have exposure to the kinds of critique, diversity and dialogue that is provided by the University setting. They have since developed to provide Studio Space and Exhibition opportunities, across Barnsley and Huddersfield, to emerging artists regardless of whether they are ‘Young’ or ‘Northern’.