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Pottery Preston launches campaign to raise £10,000 for first open-access studio

Posted on - 19th January, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, Preston News
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Pottery Preston has launched a campaign to raise funds for an open-access studio in the city.

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A Kickstarter campaign has been set up aiming to raise £10,000 in 30 days.

Hoping to open in May 2019, the new studio, spearheaded by Louise Smith, will offer beginners courses for adults and young people taught by professional ceramic artists.

A program for local schools will also be provided along with community membership and an exhibition program. 

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The studio will provide a professional membership and help to train people in the art of Ceramics.

After graduating from a degree in Ceramics, Metal and Print, Louise worked for years in Community Arts in Preston, including projects with PRESCAP (Preston Community Arts Partnership) and as an Arts Development Assistant for Wyre Borough Council.

In 2012 Louise established ‘Process Studios’, a community workshop and artist studio, in Edinburgh, raising over £100K through a community crowdfunding campaign, Creative Scotland, a number of trusts and a social investment loan.

During her five years as managing director of Process Studios, over 3000 people participated in courses and the studios supported over 200 professional makers in starting or growing their business.

By donating to the campaign, you could receive a number of rewards.

These include workshop and course vouchers at early-bird rates, private workshops and tickets to the launch evening.

You can join the campaign here.

What do you think about the Kickstarter Campaign? Have you been involved in any arts recently? Let us know in the comments below

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