Boom Studios – Marianne Kennerley

What is Social Enterprise?
What is Social Enterprise?
Boom Studios - Marianne Kennerley

Boom Studios is a creative hub, a social enterprise that provides 25 vibrant workspaces for local creatives, a year round creative programme and a range of artistic outreach services for the local community, local businesses and events.

It was inspired by and established by 3 local creatives and their individual experience at Project 24, Bangor. Boom! Studios was established in December 2014. A small group of local creative practitioners wished to create a vibrant workspace where they could develop their individual enterprises.

Boom! took over a vacant town centre building, in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The “Old Clinton Cards” building was….a “blank canvas” and has since created 24 then centre workspaces, housing artists, designers, makers, writers, photographers, arts facilitators… at any stage of their career. It supports, nurtures and helps them develop theirwork, whatever that looks like.

By placing creativity bang in the centre of town, Boom! makes a positive contribution to the regeneration of Bangor Town Centre, creating opportunities to link traditional local business’s with the local creative industry.

Northern Ireland’s creative industry is thriving, however the next few years will pose many challenges for the arts and creative sector, forcing organisations to become inventive in the way in which they develop and fund their work.

Boom! Studios hopes to present an innovative business model for sustainable arts and creative activity.

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