I BUY LOCAL co-founder Nigel shares his thoughts about being part of a collective of 30 resident artists, creative practitioners, performers, and start-ups, all working at a new studio residency launched by Bath Spa University.
It all started around seven years ago when I relocated to the South West to study. I remember driving down here for the first time and being completely taken aback by the beauty of the area and its stunning architecture.
I quickly settled in and began to enjoy everything that the South West has to offer: incredible independent businesses, stunning historical monuments and places, live music, festivals, amazing food and so much more.
I realised quite early on that Bath might become my new home, and after graduating I made this idea a reality.
Having enjoyed my degree, and the refreshing approach to higher education taken by Bath Spa University (it’s very seriously one huge creative hub), I stayed in touch and have since freelanced for the university as a social media content manager, and also started studying towards a Masters as well.
I first found out about the EMERGE Studio Residency through my friend Niklas Aarre. He had been a resident there for a few months and we were using space at the studio to plan social media content for Bath Spa University’s SparkFest. This was right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and visiting the studio made me realise how much I’d missed being surrounded by creatives.
I wont go on and on, but part of my academic research understands creative thinking as sitting at the base of entrepreneurship (alongside a few other key behaviours). I believe that entrepreneurs and creatives think in similar ways, and benefit from spending as much time working together as possible. Also, to be honest… I’d much rather be surrounded by artists, performers and creatives than stuck in an uninspiring office.
Anyway, out of nowhere a space at the residency suddenly became available! I applied immediately, got accepted, and quickly uprooted my workspace.
The residency is fully funded and offers the following benefits:
- Designated work space available for at least 30 hours per week;
- A range of residency benefits from access to mentors, coaching, workshops and training opportunities;
- Space to collaborate, share ideas and network with other creative graduates and industry practitioners.
Even though my work at the studio tends to be focused in the more laptop-bound areas of social entrepreneurship, management and business growth, i’m really enjoying being surrounded by artists, performers, designers and other creative business owners.
EMERGE is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and be inspired by an array of fascinating disciplines. The co-working facilities are excellent and are complimented by a fantastic team who couldn’t do anymore to support everyone on their journey.
I’m really looking forward to watching I BUY LOCAL grow at my new base at EMERGE.
If you’d like to learn more about Bath Spa University’s EMERGE Residency click here.