Artists create not-for-profit Creative Hub & Shop in Lincoln

Artists create not-for-profit Creative Hub & Shop in Lincoln

Artists from all over Lincolnshire have joined forces to provide local creatives with a new home.

The Point Creative Hub & Shop is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run initiative led by local Poet Gemma Baker which launches April 20th on St Martins Lane (just off the top of Lincoln High St).

The shop is being launched on just over £400 in community donations, has no marketing budget, and no one involved is taking a wage.

It aims to support local creatives, artists, organisations, and venues by becoming a central point of information for both the creative community and the general public.

Gemma said: “We have so much happening in Lincoln, but it often goes under the radar. We’ve never really had a central place where you can find out about everything, where you can get advice and support.

“The Point will be that place, and somewhere you can just nip in for a cup of tea and a friendly chat.”

The shop was offered to them rent-free by local business owner Joanna Townell until July 28th.

“The little pot of money we have will go towards our utility bills for the 3 months that we have the shop,” Gemma added.

The shop is relying on the support and talents of local creatives. They recently put a call out for Artists to come and help them decorate the shop windows with just a pack of liquid chalks.

The Point will be a creative hub and shop that will offer a range of services to local creatives, including a low-cost selling platform, workshop and event space, and will act as a box office for local events.

Although The Point is a three month pop-up shop, Gemma says that if there is enough support from the community she will look at developing the idea into a larger space.

“It’s all about bringing the community together and shouting out about the thriving arts community we have here in Lincolnshire,” she said.

“I’d love to see this idea blossom into a larger project enabling us to support more creatives, but it’s really up to the community.’

The hub will open April 20th and will be open 10am-5pm Thurs-Sat with potential for longer opening hours depending on demand.