Creative Hartlepool is leading the way in helping to get artistic people into business.
The town has helped five graduates to become the first tenants at a business hub.
The fab five artists and designers from Cleveland College of Art Design (CCAD) are now residents of the Creative Hub within the Hartlepool Enterprise Centre, in Brougham Terrace.
It has been developed in a partnership with the college and Hartlepool Borough Council and college chiefs say it’s an indication of their determination to help people who are determined to have a career in creative industries.
Alan Vest, Mae Owens, Sophie Babur-Puplett and Callum Griffiths were all students on the Illustration for Commercial Application course at the college and graduated in July this year.
Joining them at the hub is photographer Rachel Deakin, who graduated with a first class degree in photography last month, and photographer Emma Scott, who graduated in 2000 and now runs Inspired Portraits.
We are committed to working to support our graduates in developing their work, business ideas and market, and taking the first step into a successful business. This is a demonstration of what we mean when we say that CCAD is for people who are serious about creative careersPatrick Chapman, Head of Employability and External Relations at the college
The Creative Hub is made up of studio spaces which come with benefits including a single weekly charge of £25, furniture, easy terms and access to business planning. It also has marketing and mentoring support.
It also serves as a gallery with original artworks and commissions available to buy directly from the artists. It forms part of long term collaboration between the college and Hartlepool council, based around supporting creative business development
Patrick Chapman, head of employability and external relations at the college, said: “The Creative Hub has been developed in response to demand for creative workspace in Hartlepool, and in collaboration with Hartlepool council.
“The successful opening forms part of the build up to the opening of the workspace on Whitby Street, therefore creating further demand for the business centre when it opens.
“Having promoted this opportunity proactively with our graduates, we are delighted to see our former students in residence for the launch of the Hub and on their way to successful careers.
“We are committed to working to support our graduates in developing their work, business ideas and market, and taking the first step into a successful business. This is a demonstration of what we mean when we say that CCAD is for people who are serious about creative careers.”