Making creative industries accessible
In Kentish Town, on Regis Road, amongst a row of industrial units and warehouses lies Creators House, a free multipurpose studio for young creatives. Beyond the space itself, Creators House offers mentoring, mental health support, workshops and acts as a hub for young people to collaborate.
At a time where space is premium, equipment costs unattainable and industry knowledge is difficultly accessed, there is no doubt this is an invaluable resource to help break down the barriers for a young creative.
Batuala Alexander, founder and CEO of Creators House explains the journey of setting up, and what it looks like today.
“we didn’t just want to give them all this knowledge and facilities without also being able to provide support for their mental health.”
Batuala Alexander, Founder and CEO of Creators House
A physical space
Though the mentoring programme provided knowledge, the barrier of expensive studios, equipment and the difficulty of networking, still stood. A physical space seemed essential in being able to provide further support, and so the studio was opened in May 2022.
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 25 can visit the website to find an available slot, each 1.5 hours, and book it. When booking, they must specify what they’re using the space for so that it can be set up according to their needs.
With this slot, not only do people get access to a studio fully equipped for their project, but also access to creative assistants who can support with technical requirements. Batuala points out, “we have actually found a lot of people that use the space are quite early in their career, so a lot of them do need that extra support.”