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Old Market Manor Makerspace


    Imagine a creative environment where no one is limited by circumstance, a place of opportunity, discovery and creative collaboration thriving deep in the heart of an Bristol’s urban community. Old Market Manor is a 7000 SQ FT, factory situated in the Old Market area of St Philips. A design centre of craft excellence, built by people who are dedicated and passionate about making. 

    Following our own creative rhythm and often going against the grain, we will create a space that will work like the ‘hot desk’ collaborative system that has become so essential for the professional Freelance creative sector; a space where practical makers can share the skills of their craft and train, inspire and mentor. Our ambition is to create a sustainable business model for both the community and the environment, to provide affordable access to machinery, training and vocational classes across multiple disciplines.

    Old Market Manor will provide an affordable solution for those who require workshop, studio or desk space, It will give designers and makers access to temporary or permanent bench spaces, affordable by the day/week or month, for short and long term projects, and will also accommodate longer term business with resident spaces for them to base and incubate their business in a inspiring and creative venue. 

    The facility will offer a joinery and furniture making workshop environment, with all of the machines and equipment found in commercial business, as well as metal fabrication, jewellery making, both coming soon in 2015.  Old Market Manor also offers opportunities with office space and co working desk space available to rent. 

    We will work alongside local colleges and universities, nurturing talent and encouraging progression in skills and craft through the dedicated support of our Fellowship and Members. Also to advise business start-ups and burgeoning collectives, expanding our technical and vocational training to entrepreneurial support through the provision of affordable yet professional sector training. 

    We have recognised a need in Bristol for this industry/business model, one that not only provides space, but also offers a community and provides training, employment and professional mentoring at every level of engagement. By investing in this way we are committing wholeheartedly to both the present and the future, engendering skills and wellbeing for both the city and its people, contributing to Bristol’s vital backbone – it’s ever-growing creative economy.  

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