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  • Since its foundation in July 2012, Beach Creative has made a dramatic and important contribution to creative life in Herne Bay providing a hub that includes studios, galleries, meeting rooms, and workshop space. It is a convenient and convivial place for professionals, local groups, enterprising initiatives, students and social entrepreneurs to work, meet, sit, study, educate, share and network in our rooms or our friendly coffee bar.

     

    Beach Creative is an independent not-for-profit company. Our vision is to act on an impartial basis to support, advocate, influence and enable the development of creative industries in the Herne Bay district, and to widen community access to, and participation in the arts.

     

  • Address: Beach House, Beach Street House,
    Herne Bay
    Kent
    CT6 5PT
    United Kingdom
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  • Social Impact Statements:

    Social Impact Statements

    The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.

    In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.

     


    1) Creating opportunities for the community to engage in arts

    We open up opportunities for all sections of our community to engage in arts practice for personal and professional fulfilment, regardless of age, experience or income.

    We have made a difference to

    1. Emerging artists, most of whom struggle to find a place to work, and are also juggling the demands of part-time working with continuing their arts practice, but offering affordable rental spaces, free opportunities to exhibit work and a supportive creative environment
    2. Local people who have aspired to becoming creative practitioners, but never had the opportunity. By offering free and low-cost workshops to help them develop their practice - this includes people with diverse learning styles, disabilities, injuries and mental health issues.

    Situated as we are, in one of the most deprived wards in Kent, our local residents tend to be on low incomes and need to feel supported in their learning, so we have aimed to make our spaces welcoming and accessible. We have employed one person (administrator) so far, but we are about to appoint a caretaker, and as we develop hopefully more job opportunities will arise.

    We are developing the Arts Award to offer to young people who are unable to access formal arts education (this is partly through a referral system in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts).

    We have become a community hub, where local groups without premises can come and meet. We also endeavour to liaise closely with and support the activities of other groups seeking to improve community life - for example, when Bay Promo Team have themed events we run workshops to encourage community involvement and similarly themed exhibitions

    We work with the local supported housing for the elderly, going to them to deliver activities at their social events.

    Through Beach Bugs, we encourage young children and their parents to be environmentally aware and to learn to grow produce and recycle creative.

    We have funding from Kew Gardens to develop a community garden, both in the immediate vicinity of our building and with a plot in the memorial park.

     


    2) Improving and expanding the cultural offer for local community

    We aim to improve and expand the cultural offer to the Herne Bay community to enable wider collaboration with local, regional, national and international partners as a driver for social, cultural and economic regeneration by providing practical studio, exhibition and community space.

     


    3) Garden project

    Our garden project aims to educate people about the importance of wild plants, wildlife, local ecosystems and their importance for our health, wellbeing and future food security.