Welcome to Open Source Arts; a place to making; a space for practicing community, creativity + collaboration across art forms, crafts, backgrounds + skill levels. We encourage and support people to realise projects, curate events + develop skills.
Opportunities and ideas are presented to us all the time. We have created this space and filled it with resources and fantastic people, to enable ourselves and our community to act on these opportunities and ideas.
We have called it Open Source Arts, because this is a space which is open to everyone who wants to work together to develop themselves or their communities through nurturing creativity and collaboration.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur, professional artist, performer, maker, or a community group or collective – Open Source Arts exists for you.
We’re here to give space, time and support – to facilitate the learning of new skills, and to provide a creative incubator for your events, collaborations and projects. .
Please do get in touch if you have any ideas! We look forward to meeting you.
The support we offer each other and our community comes in several forms.
We have physical space for making, training and practising, filled with workshops, masterclasses and regular open training sessions.
The space can be hired at a reasonable price to a range of groups and organisations for one off events, such as fundraisers, gigs and meetings.
Our studio has multiple aerial rigging points and Harlequin Allegro dance floor, plus crash mats and inch mats.
We have a practical, well-resourced manufacturing workshop for creating in wood, metal, textiles and painting. There is offsite provision for laser cutting and CNC routing.
We also have the ability to make one off custom pieces, including sets and props for the theatre, shows or parties, and are open to commissions.
The cafe kitchen is designed to be an available community resource and social space. There is free WiFi and seating suitable for either eating and socialising, or for meeting and catching up on some work. This is a fully fitted commercial kitchen and we can provide catering for events both in and out of house.
In addition to this, the space is staffed by passionate people with years of experience in these disciplines, who are always happy to offer advice and support as your project develops.
We have a range of activities outside of our venue covering education and creative projects along with environmental stewardship.
The environmental stewardship takes the form of riverside and canal side cleanups with volunteers and community groups. These activities remove rubbish and create more habitable environments for the animals who live there.
We also run Himalayan balsam bashing events (seasonal). Balsam bashing reduces the spread of this invasive species and allows more space to the plants that are native to the area to thrive.
With recycling in mind we offer a comprehensive and exciting plastic recycling project where kids (and adults) can have a go at turning their waste plastic bottle into a useful item.
Also available for communities to get involved in is turning junk from a scrap yard into a usable junk boat to race down the river.
Alongside these we offer marquee hire for community events.
On the more creative, playful and seriously fun side we run a Yorkshire Circus!
We have a varied and extensive calendar of events. This includes a training programme ranging from introductory workshops and courses to specialist masterclasses, covering everything from clowning to C.A.D and vegan cookery.
Our open training sessions provide opportunities for all. From enthusiastic amateurs to professional artists and makers, all can access high quality facilities and equipment at a low cost on a shared basis, after an initial induction.
Alongside this, we collaborate on a range of community gatherings with local groups, including open mics, urban retreats, solstice celebrations and one day takeovers!
Takeovers are unique events curated by innovative local collectives and supported by us, usually featuring live music, performances, DJs, stalls, food, drink and workshops.