It’s shaping up to be an exciting weekend at the Old Print Works! Not only have we got Gaia’s Harvest to look forward to on Saturday 10th September (find out more about that here) but it just so happens to be Old Print Works Open Day, too! Amongst the programme of activity, all of this week MAK! studio have been holding a Makers Workshops to build two new bars for the Old Print Works, and members of the community have got involved to help out! On Saturday, there will be film screenings, live music, DJ’s and street art from 2pm – 10pm, and of course, a delicious homegrown feast courtesy of the green-fingered folk at Gaia’s Garden! Not familiar with the Old Print Works? We asked the team there a few questions to find out more…
-What is the Old Print Works?
The Old Print Works is an old factory on the Moseley Road in Birmingham that used to design and print transfers for branding items from steam engines to tennis rackets as well as many others in Britain’s then large manufacturing industry, instrumental in introducing colour into branding in the UK. The Old Print Works is now a thriving maker and creative community.
-What is the Old Print Works mission?
We are a diverse and welcoming community that believes in the transformative power of making and creativity. Through mutual skill sharing we are building a resilient, sustainable and cooperative future. The Old Print Works is run by a charitable company, Make It Sustainable, with collaboration from diverse partners.
–What sort of events and activities is the Old Print Works home to?
We host makers and artists in studios and workshops; we act as a platform for community-focused groups such as Sundragon Pottery and Ort Gallery. We host the amazing Ort Café and a range of events from music, theatre to art.
–How does the Old Print Works benefit and work with the local community?
We host community-focused partners and events, providing opportunities and spaces for collaboration. We have shared makerspaces where local people get the chance to be creative, explore materials and processes and learn new skills.
–How does this tie in with Brum Spirit’s theme of We’re In This Together? We share a value of inclusion. We want to make a difference to our local community. We believe everyone has something to learn and something to teach. A sharing community is a stronger, better and more welcoming community.
–What other community events has the Old Print Works been involved in?
The Old Print Works is a platform for people to make things happen; an enabler and a safe haven for makers, artists and musicians to engage with the local and wider community. We have hosted open days, taster sessions, and celebrations and are regularly open to the community for a variety of activities.
–What does the future hold for the Old Print Works?
The Old Print Works is going from strength to strength, in partnership with a strong and growing community of creatives that share our vision. Purchase of our building will cement our business model and our sustainability largely without grant support.
-Where can we find out more about the Old Print Works?
Take a look at our website www.oldprintworks.org.
Head to their Facebook event page here for more on the Open Day.