Why pimp out three blog posts all about the brilliant @slack_space when one will suffice? Yep, it’s a hat-trick of hyperlocal news coming out of everyone’s favourite Sunny Colch leading facilitator in enabling redundant public space to engage and stimulate creativity within Colchester with minimal fiscal outlay.
What we’re trying to say is that Slack Space is rather ACE at helping folk in the town to make the most of empty buildings. It’s something that the volunteer led organisation has been undertaking around Britain’s Oldest Recorded for three years now. As well as the high turnover of exceptional artistic exhibitions and events, both the old Queen Street location and the new space at Eld Lane have also hosted many community themed events.
Put simply, Slack Space is somewhere for the community to come together.
As is the new website [seamless] which helps to showcase the work of the non-profit organisation, as well as to act as a springboard to showcase all that is achieved within the loose network of folk who work under the Slack Space banner.
As one would be expect for a culturally aware and creative organisation, the new website helps to plug the video and audio elements that are produced, as well as pushing all the now expected social media platforms where you can engage with Slack Space. Other more *ahem* civic minded Sunny Colch organisations could learn a lot form the new Slack Space website…
No doubt soon to be filling up these online channels are the offline events that Slack Space is currently helping to support. Creating Visions is the latest exhibition at Eld Lane, with adult community learners from the Wilson Marriage Centre displaying a series of photographs, digital art and illustration techniques:
Creating Visions opened on 28th March and will exhibit through until 14th April. The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Here come those Chronic favoured caps… FREE.
As is The Great Bard Bash and the Great Book Bang [blimey] – taking place on 21st April and 23rd April respecitvely.
The Great Bard Bash:
“…celebrates the life and works of Shakespeare on, near enough, the occasion of his birthday (and indeed by a bizarre coincidence his death day too) with guest appearances by all the professional and amateur Bardolaters, under the expert eye of Dorian Kelly of the Guerilla Shakespeare Company.”
As for the Book Bang? Steady the buffers…
Building on the amazing success of the first Sunny Colch World Book Night held last year, the Book Bang aims to be even better in 2012:
“We gave away over 1,000 brand new and second hand books in a wonderful evening of readings, with a bit of comedy and literary discussion. All books were book-crossed thanks to the amazing Karen. In order to make this work I need at least another six official “givers” to join in and give away their books in this amazing way. So if you have been awarded a set of books, lets be hearing from you… “
And so a third birthday, a new website, a community led exhibition and a couple of literary events thrown in. And that’s before you consider the regular events staged at Slack Space, such as the incredibly successful Slack Folk sessions held each Saturday afternoon.
Volunteers are always welcome at Slack Space, no matter what skills you feel you may be able to offer. Ultimately this is all about the community – if you have an interest in Sunny Colch and the further cultural regeneration of the town, then you also have an interest in Slack Space.