In The Meanwhile – showcasing local makers right on Bath’s high street
Thursday, 16 December, 2021
In The Meanwhile, a project to showcase the talent and imagination of the local creative community, will be hosting a Makers Market at Milsom Place, from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 December.
Organised by Little Lost Robot CIC and Bath Spa University, and working closely with Bath and North East Somerset Council, it brings temporarily redundant shop spaces into productive use.
Juliet Webb, Socially Conscious Creative Producer at Little Lost Robot said:
“The pandemic and subsequent economic crisis has seen a large number of shops in the city centre become empty. These vacated spaces are highly visible. In the Meanwhile seeks to support the council to reinvigorate these spaces during this interim period.”
In the summer of 2021, a vacant shop on the high street in Bath was transformed into an experimental space to showcase and platform the work and research in the city, pulling together work from Bath Spa University’s innovation space, The Studio at Palace Yard Mews, graduate space Emerge, and School of Art, along with Bath Fringe, Ramshackalicious, Lost Robot, and 45 freelance artists.
The project proved to be popular with students, shoppers and families, bringing a focus on creative practice and research to the high street. Over the project duration of six weeks, up to 2500 people visited the space.
The markets planned for this month are hosted by the artists themselves, including some Bath Spa students, and feature a large variety of work available to buy.
Makers Markets will be open Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm, and Sunday 11am – 4pm. You can also get involved in workshops where the artwork created will go on to be part of a light trail populating empty shop windows in Bath throughout January 2022.
Plans for beyond January are also taking shape.
“Following the closure of this stage of the project at the end of January, we hope to secure a longer term empty shop unit, hopefully also bigger in size, to host a makery space, workshop space, artist residencies and creative events alongside exhibiting local work,” Juliet said.
“We are in talks with the council about a potential site and hopefully there will be some updates on what we can take forward, in coming weeks.”