We are a group of 13 talented up-and-coming photographers on our second year at University of Northampton and would love to have the opportunity to exhibit our images in a temporary photographic exhibition for a couple of weeks next March/April 2011.
Please can anyone with a space or who may know of any spaces reply to this thread.
I tried the Estates Manager of Northampton Council recently for shoe factory space.
No luck; they just have a cheap industrial unit to let at market rates. Northampton Enterprise is more interested in getting international employers to come-in than helping local ones.
Googling around their site I saw that the council did let Fishmarket space to a theartre group for one peppercorn a year, which seemed cheap.
Library space could be a good bet - but if they're as short of money as my local council they might ask for volunteers at the library counter in exchange!
About studio space: If you could be out for sure by 25th of January the Haynes and Cann factory might be worth contacting. It's a first floor space above the office furniture shop on Overstone Road. Very strange looking for people like me who aren't used to factories: the perfect place to show pictures of Northampton. Contact via web site http://www.haynesandcann.co.uk/ and expect a polite refusal or no response. They might ask for help clearing in exchange for the space.
PS if anyone knows
I can contact the people selling these machines and ask if they'd partner with me to stay in business making my product. I've got a product and an offer of cheap machines but no space to put the machines in.
I've emailed Northamptonshire Enterprise today too.
There is a derelict building in Great Russell Street NN10 right next to where the machinary now is. I've contacted the landlords and got no reply, and as far as I know there's no way to force a landlord to stop wasting a building.
John Robertson email shop [at] veganline [dot] com
Pics of machines - specially the stoves for moulding hot rubber onto shoes:
This one might make wallets out of tetrapaks.
It's a press on a rail with a kind of microwave attachment so that you can cut and weld at the same time. It probably won't sell or not for much.
Thankyou for your replies Jessica and John - it definitely gives me somewhere to start :)