Today’s guest post is from Claire Stuart from somewhereto_, a UK-wide project funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
If you haven’t heard about somewhereto_re:store (the high street heist) where have you been? Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, somewhereto_re:store is opening shops across the UK and reclaiming our high street! Last night (30 July) saw the launch of the somewhereto_ Scotland re:store space in the heart of Glasgow kick-starting a programme of arts, culture and entreprise throughout the month of August.
Young entrepreneur Lewa Thomas and Lorraine Smith both brought their unique business ventures together (Lewalicious Cakes from Thomas and The Dormouse Tea Company from Smith), to create a pop up cafe offering a selection of specially brewed tea blends and home baked delights. Lewa said: “The launch was a great experience, there was a really great atmosphere and had a great community feel. Everyone wanted to help and be there. It was amazing to have people buy cake at night. I sold most of my stock and people really wanted to know more about the business.” Lorraine added: “It was a good way to start kick starting my business and meet loads of new people who are doing a similar thing and working in the community. It was great to learn more about the artists working in the space and just introduce our new range to everyone and get it out there.”
Other than a pop up cafe the Glasgow somewhereto_ re:store launch had Impact Arts creating a dress out of recycled materials. They invited people to mould plastic bottles in to flowers to add to a large piece that will be exhibited at the end of the month, coupling this idea with live comic book art.
Daniel is a young person working with Impact Arts who was really excited about taking part in the project: “When I got told we (Impact Arts) were working with somewhereto_ I got really excited. Working on a project like this gives you a real sense of achievement, and makes you feel part of something. It’s great to be able to contribute in any small way to somewhereto_. I’ve never had much confidence but tonight had just a real family atmosphere and I felt like I really fit in here. It’s been a real boost in confidence.”
The Little Book Transfers are a new arts collective from Glasgow made up of Hollie Russell, Nicole McGuigan and Mairi Hutchinson. The girls will be creating a month long mural illustrating all the different activity that will be going on in somewhereto_ Glasgow. They’ve kicked off their illustration with everything from a Boston Terrier, lucky cats, guitars and tea pots.
No event is complete without music and Glasgow is infamous for it’s vibrant music scene. The Glasgow launch saw acoustic sets from young performers Marie Collins, Holly Wilson and Andrew Huggan playing a mix of covers and their own work.
With an instagram vintage photobooth, a complimentary bar from Kopperberg and PhotoVoice exhibiting some of their young people’s work in preparation for their free drop in workshop on Saturday – Glasgow has got the Scotland somewhereto_ re:store shop off to a great start.
Photo credit: Stuart Crawford
The Glasgow somewhereto_ re:store shop will be open until the 29 August, so if you’re in the city and looking for something to do, or if you just want somewhere to kick back and relax, make sure to check it out and remember to keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook and the blog for upcoming events.
somewhereto_ re:store (the #highstreetheist) is a high impact campaign seeing young people take over a series of shops across the UK (from #London to Manchester, Glasgow, Bangor, Cardiff, Newcastle and beyond) for a six-week period, having launched in London on 18 July.
We’re putting disused shops into the capable hands of local young people to deliver events and activities that will benefit their future ambitions as well as revamp the high street and engage local communities.
Want to know more and get involved? Take your talent to the streets at http://somewhereto.com/restore
(This post originally appeared here)