A TRIO of new creative industry start-ups in Hull are to have their journeys captured on film throughout 2017 to portray the ‘warts-and-all’ experience of starting a new business and to demonstrate the importance of the creative industries to the local economy in the UK City of Culture.
The series of short films, commissioned by the business support service Creative ENRG, will shadow graphic design and marketing start-up, Diony Creative; illustration company Hull Truth, which is run by local artist Mike Emberton and the aerosol artists Spray Creative, whose work can be seen all over town.
Creative ENRG is a 2-year Creative Industries business support service for Hull and East Riding funded by Arts Council England’s Creative Local Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. Their aim is to support new creative start-ups and to develop local creative businesses throughout 2017 and beyond, in the same way that ENRG has provided support for businesses not necessarily in the creative sectors.
Being named City of Culture has lit a fire under many creatives in the city who are now embarking on their own projects. Over the last few months I’ve spoken to dozens of artists, musicians and creative people who are either in the process of starting their own business, or are seriously considering it. For many people this can be one of the biggest decisions they ever make, and one that isn’t taken lightly. As someone who has started and runs a creative business, I know all too well that this kind of support from the outset is vital.
Spray Creative,the third business to be followed through their start-up journey as part of Creative ENRGs project this year, are a collective of aerosol artists who cater for a niche in the creative market replicating design briefs, corporate branding and imagery. They also offer a service of delivering aerosol art workshops to groups of all ages. Oliver Marshall, one of the three founding members of Spray Creative said: “Creative ENRG have helped us turn our passion into a career path – a process that will now be captured on film. They offered us advice and support on how to make the first steps into business, knowing they are available to answer any questions has helped take a weight off our shoulders whilst starting up.”
Alongside the films several local artists have been commissioned to create public art pieces, which will be put on display over the next few months at prominent locations around Hull.
The films will be available to view on: www.youtube.com/EnrghullUk
You can find out more about Creative ENRG and ENRG at: http://www.enrghull.co.uk